Margarita Cabrera received an MFA from Hunter College in New York, NY, and currently lives and works in El Paso, Texas. Her most recent exhibitions include a show titled Pop Departures at the Seattle Art Museum and a two-year exhibit at the El Paso Museum of Art. Her work has been included in galleries such as 516 Arts, Sara Meltzer, Walter Maciel, and Synderman-Works, as well as in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, McNay Museum San Antonio, Sweeney Art Center for Contemporary Art at the University of California, Riverside, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Idaho, and El Museo del Barrio, NYC. In 2012, she was recipient of the Knight Artist-in-Residence at McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, North Carolina. Cabrera was also recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant.
Cabrera’s work centers on social-political community issues including cultural identity, migration, violence, inclusivity, labor, and empowerment. She creates sculptures made out of mediums ranging from steel, copper, wood, ceramic and fabric. She has worked on a number of collaborative projects at the intersection of contemporary art practices, indigenous Mexican folk art and craft traditions, as well as US-Mexico relations. In addition to studying and preserving endangered cultural and craft traditions, these projects have served as active research into the creation of just working conditions and protection of immigrants rights.