Scarlett Baily (El Paso TX, 1986) is a Chicana visual artist specializing in murals, portraits, and illustration.
Working on a large scale and often in public, Baily rescues the stories that political systems and popular media outlets leave out. Her work celebrates cultural nuances with an intent to preserve diversity and resist the homogeneity that globalization proposes. She believes her illustrated wonderlands and participatory art events can inspire empathy and bridge communities.
Baily solidified her interests by earning a B.A. in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of California, Santa Barbara. During her studies, Baily worked as a junior curator at the Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design from 2003-2007. Baily's further studies include Avant-Garde Art History at the Universitat de Barcelona, Fine Arts at the Art Students League in New York City, and a fine arts and muralism apprenticeship with celebrated Mexican Artist Manuel Guillén.
Baily's lure to reclaiming the street as an exhibition space began during her time in New York City. Baily developed her public portrait performances within installations of her large-format drawings in alternative spaces. Since then, Baily has exhibited in Salon Acme (CDMX), Bushwick Open Studios (NYC), Manhattan Art Summer Thursdays (NYC), New York Fashion Week (NYC), Barrio Vivo Graffiti Festival (CDMX), Central de Muros Mural Project (CDMX), MexiLog Fest (Zihuatanejo, Mexico), Art Week (CDMX), Gallery Weekend (CDMX), and the Viceroy Los Cabos Art Series (Mexico/Virtual).
Baily expanded her studio to Mexico City in 2014 to bridge her Mexican-American roots. Producing between the two countries allows Baily to hone in on her visual dialogue with themes of identity, multiculturalism, and belonging. Baily has given workshops and conferences in various cultural and academic venues such as The Toy Museum (CDMX), Miami Ad School (CDMX), Cine Tonalá (CDMX), Loot Gallery (Zihuatanejo, México), Universidad Anáhuac (Puebla, México), Center for the Industry of Graphic Communication (Bogotá, Colombia), STEAM Academy at La Presa Elementary School (San Diego, CA), and Emory University (Atlanta, GA), among others. Media such as Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Architectural Digest, Huffington Post, Vice, and El Financiero.
Baily's art forms part of collections worldwide, from Madison Avenue, New York City, to the outdoor walls of the largest market in the world Central de Abastos in Mexico City. In 2019 she founded @MujeresMuralistas, a visual archive of woman muralists in Mexico, and belongs to the Mexican Society of Caricature Artists. Baily is currently director of Galería La Óptica - an alternative space exhibiting women artists.