Margarita Cabrera received an MFA from Hunter College in New York, NY. Cabrera is an assistant professor at the Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Her most recent institutional solo exhibitions include: Margarita Cabrera: It is Impossible to Cover the Sun with a Finger, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX and Margarita Cabrera: Space in Between, Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY; PERILOUS BODIES, Ford Foundation Gallery, New York, NY; The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp at the New Orleans “Prospect 4” and The U.S.-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility at Los Angeles Craft & Folk Art Museum count as group exhibits where her work has recently been included.
Cabrera's work centers on social-political community issues including cultural identity, migration, violence, inclusivity, labor, and empowerment. She has worked on a number of collaborative projects at the intersection of contemporary art practices, indigenous Mexican folk art and craft traditions, and US-Mexico relations. In addition to studying and preserving endangered cultural and craft traditions, these projects have served as active investigations into the creation of just working conditions and the protection of immigrant rights.
Her work has been included in the survey’s organized by, amongst others, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Smithsonian Museum of American Art; Museum of Fine Arts Houston; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; McNay Museum San Antonio; the Sweeney Art Center for Contemporary Art at the University of California, Riverside, and El Museo del Barrio, NYC.
In 2012 she was a recipient of the Knight Artist in Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, NC. Cabrera was also a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and Artpace San Antonio International Artist in Residence in 2008. In 2019 her public art project Árbol de la Vida: Voces de la Tierra was unveiled at Mission San Francisco de la Espada in San Antonio, Texas.
Cabrera’s work is part of the permanent collection of more than twenty museums.