History of Art and Architecture

Marisol Villela Balderrama


Marisol researches the untold travels of art and artists between East Asia and Latin America in the postwar era. Her MA thesis at China Academy of Art focused on the visits of Mexican artists to China in the 1950s and the touring of the Mexican National Front of Plastic Arts exhibition in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou in 1956. This research contributed to the exhibition Winds from Fusang: Mexico and China in the Twentieth Century, at the USC Pacific Asia Museum.  

She has teaching, research and curatorial experience at the Wuhan University, the Tecnológico de Monterrey, the Universidad de Navarra, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. Among her broader research interests are the transnational communist networks, socialist modernism, urbanism influence in artistic processes, and the global south.

Education Details

PhD, History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, in progress
MA, Art Theory, China Academy of Art, 2017
MA, Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2012
BA, Humanities, Universidad de Navarra, 2010