Mauricio Velasco is an Artist Manager with professional expertise in the museum industry, encompassing a broad background in Curation, Collections, and Exhibitions. He was born in El Salvador and raised in Los Angeles.
From an early age Mauricio was exposed to art in the streets of Los Angeles, ranging from your everyday prominent street artist like Kenny Scharf and his whimsical cartoonesque murals found all over the city. He grew up in what is now the Downtown Culver City Arts District. Mauricio visited well-known museum institutions like The Getty Center, Getty Villa, and Museum of Tolerance thanks to school trips.
Upon graduating high school, Mauricio pursued his college education and interest in different cultures by majoring in Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. It is during this time that he got his first job working in a museum as a Preparator for UCR ARTS, composed of the California Museum of Photography (founded in 1973), the Jack and Marilyn Sweeney Art Gallery (1963), and the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts (2010).
After completing his bachelor's degree and picking up more experience working with Collections at The Wende Museum of the Cold War, Mauricio relocated from Southern California to attend the University of San Francisco in order to obtain his Master's Degree in Museum Studies.
During and since the completion of his Master of Arts in Museum Studies, Mauricio has expanded his professional expertise in the museum field and the much broader art world. Mauricio has served as a Teaching Artist for the de Young Museum, Co-Curator for the Thacher Gallery and the University of California, San Francisco, as well as a Collections Manager for the East Bay Regional Park District, and most recently a Docent for the Museum of Latin American Art.
Mauricio is looking to network and collaborate with like-minded people who wish to push the envelope on what art can be when professionals come together to promote their work. Along Maurcio's career path and education, he has made connections with various professionals in the arts.
With the ensuing pandemic, the arts have been drastically hit, with many institutions closing and the ever increasing competition for work amongst artists and art professionals rising. In response, Mauricio has created The smArt Collective to combat the economic hit the art world has taken by bringing artists and art professional together to work as a collective, with the sole aim to provide opportunities.
Managed by Mauricio Miguel Velasco