Sylvia Fragoso

Making art is deeply tied to family, community and gift giving for Sylvia Fragoso. Most of her work is made in dedication to a family member, a NIAD studio facilitator or rooted in her Catholic faith. Her sisters, nieces, nephews, churches and angels are the consistent subjects for her works. Her ceramic sculptures are often homages to domestic and spiritual spaces; she frequently renders her grandmother’s past home in Mexico or churches visited in her lifetime.

Sylvia’s work has a deep appreciation for the natural world. Sharks and snakes are her favorite animals and the sun is a recurring symbol of hope. Sometimes her late mother and father appear as guardian angels in her drawings, oftentimes set against blue skies and large shining suns. A huge lover of popular culture and animation, Sylvia enjoys watching movies and listening to music while making her work. Musicals like ‘Annie’ and ‘Grease’ are a source of fun and inspiration for her while creating rugs.

Sylvia started making art in her early twenties after joining NIAD. Over the past thirty years she has produced hundreds of ceramic sculptures, prints, drawings and fiber works. Recently Sylvia has been focused on rug making, drawing with crayons and sewing fiber wall hangings. Sylvia cites long term NIAD studio facilitator Andres Cisneros-Galindo as an important figure in her practice and development.

Sylvia has exhibited globally at numerous galleries and art fairs, and her work resides in many private collections.

Created from 2/7/22 through 3/3/22 

// Sylvia’s available work //

exhibition history


Untangling Webs: A Journey In Abstract Textiles, organized by Alexander Hernandez // NIAD Online Exhibition // July 2023

an echo carries texture // organized by Steph Kudisch // NIAD Online Exhibition // June 2023

Into the Brightness: Artists from Creativity Explored, Creative Growth & NIAD // Oakland Museum of California // May 2023

The Shape We’re in Feels Like the Colors of Hope, organized by Cynthia Branvall // NIAD Online Exhibition // May 2023

Animal, Animal, Vegetable, Vegetable, Mineral, Mineral organized by Nick Schutzenhofer // NIAD Online Exhibition // March 2023

Rainbow Cat Picnic organized by Cynthia Ona Innis // NIAD Online Exhibition // March 2023

Waking, Breathing, Making! organized by Laura Kamian McDermott // NAID Online Exhibition // February 2023

Holiday Gift Guide // “Between Worlds” organized by Joey Enos // NIAD Online Exhibition // December 2022

Making in Color organized by Edwige Charlot // NIAD Online Exhibition // November 2022

Crossover: Cedars of Marin + NIAD // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // November 2022

All That Is Solid Becomes Vapor ,organized by Emily Chao // NIAD Online Exhibition // October 2022

A Stick In The Snow organized by Joanna and Milo Moyer-Battick // NIAD Online Exhibition // October 2022

Follow the String, organized by Emma Spertus, Julio Rodriguez, Felicia Griffin, Dorian Reid, and Kiesha White // MarinMOCA, Novato, CA // October 2022

Living forces, organized by Fernanda Martinez // NIAD Online Exhibition // July 2022

A New Geometry, organized by e bond // NIAD Online Exhibition // July 2022

Color as Energy Field, organized by Chinzalée Sonami // NIAD Online Exhibition // June 2022

Saves Nine, organized by Megan Kiskaddon // NIAD Online Exhibition // May 2022

In Love., organized by Meg Pohlod // NIAD Online Exhibition // May 2022

Luxe, Calme et Volupté, organized by Lou Mo // NIAD Online Exhibition // March 2022

Auctionauts // NIAD Online Exhibition // March 2022

WIN WIN 10 Silent Auction Preview Exhibition // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // February 2022

Voice Inside, organized by Sunila Bajracharya // NIAD Online Exhibition // January 2022

Relics for the Future, curated by Jessica Snow // NIAD Galleries // January 2022

Menagerie on 23rd Street, organized by Prajakti Jayavant // NIAD Windows Exhibition // December 2021

Closing Of The Year // curated by Jean McElvane NIAD Windows 2020

Fiberful // organized By Cynthia Ona Innis NIAD Art Center 2019

Pink Moon, River Walk: Austin Eddy & Sylvia Fragoso // Left Field Gallery Los Osos 2019

Have/Hold // organized by Julia Schwartz NIAD Art Center 2019

CE x CG X NIAD // Minnesota Street Projects San Francisco 2019 

Butterfly, Sugar // organized by Bonanza NIAD Art Center 2019

Hailing From Parts Unknown // organized By Curtis Turner NIAD Art Center 2019 

Pots // Adams And Ollman Portland Oregon 2019

Redefining Contemporary Art // organized by Courtney Eldridge Depot Steamboat Springs 2019

Where They Want To Go // organized by Erin McCluskey Wheeler NIAD Art Center 2019

It’s Complicated // organized by Kathleen King NIAD Art Center 2018

The Genre Leaps // organized by Margaret Tedesco NIAD Art Center 2018

Cyrano // organized By Em Kettner NIAD Art Center 2018

Woven, Mixed, Tied, and Attached: Fiber As Message // organized By Ramekon O’Arwisters NIAD Art Center 2018

Quest: A Collection // organized by Rhea Fontaine NIAD Art Center 2018

 Indeterminate Space // organized by Anthony Piñata NIAD Art Center 2018

Sylvia Fragoso // Good Luck Gallery 2017

The Witnesses // organized by Cliff Hengst and Scott Hewicker NIAD Art Center 2017

Affinity // organized by Tim Buckwalter Museum of Northern California Art Chico 2017

I Heart TL // organized by David Pagel Claremont Graduate University Claremont 2017

Spring/ Summer Exhibition // organized by Arianne Gelardin PARLOR San Francisco 2017

Sylvia Fragoso // NIAD Art Center 2017

Curious Weave // organized by Ramekon O’Arwisters NIAD Art Center 2016

Cities In Mind // organized by Kathleen King NIAD Art Center 2016

Pillow Fight! // NIAD Art Center 2016

Celebrating A Vision: Art & Disability // San Francisco International Airport Terminal Three 2016

Hold Onto Your Structures : The Ceramics of Sylvia Fragoso // NIAD Art Center 2016

Absence of Deliberate Silence // organized by Lacey Haslam NIAD Art Center 2015

Wrapped Up In You: NIAD’s Quilts // NIAD Art Center 2015

Telling It Slant // organized by Courtney Eldridge Richmond Art Center 2015

Assemble: A NIAD Art Center Project With Nina Zurier // organized by Nina Zurier NIAD Art Center 2015

Making Friends // organized by John Casey NIAD Art Center 2015

Visions et Créations Dissidents Musée de la Création Franche // Bégles 2014

The Wild Bunch // NIAD Art Center 2014

City In Motion // NIAD Art Center 2014

Outsider Art Inside The Beltway // Art Enables Washington DC 2013

Yes To The Dress Pop-Up Shop // organized by Peter Gravener NIAD Art Center 2013

Mud, Honey // NIAD Art Center 2013

Diamond Dogs Pet Supply // NIAD Art Center 2013

You Are Here // organized by Robert Wuilfe NIAD Art Center 2013

Holiday Pop Up Shop And Lounge // NIAD Art Center 2012

..We Can Do It! // Hurwich Library, Alliant University San Francisco 2015

recent press

Nat. Brut: I, Too, Like Purple (May 2017)

Savant Garde: Wisdom Beyond Words: The Art of Sylvia Fragoso (July 2015)

Making Handmade Books Blog: Telling It Slant (July 2015)