Born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District, Yañez is a curator, photographer, and graphic artist. As a curator he is a frequent collaborator with his father, Rene Yañez. He has exhibited in cities ranging from San Francisco to Tokyo. His reimaginings of Frida Kahlo have included the Ghetto Frida Project, a series of prints, writings, and performance pieces featuring a thugged-out Kahlo. Yañez is also a founding member of The Great Tortilla Conspiracy, the world’s most dangerous tortilla art collective. In the Mission District Rio has been conceived, disbelieved, and deceived; born, adorned, and scorned, jumped, dumped, and thumped, gentrified, vilified, and country-fried; educated, ICE-raided, and translated. He makes no admission for actions in the Mission and pleads the fifth for what he’s done down 25th. Check out more of his work at rioyanez.com.
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