Rugiyatou Ylva Jallow

Bio & CV:

Rugiyatou Ylva Jallow (b.1990 in Stockholm, Sweden), currently residing in Los Angeles, she is a Swedish-Gambian visual artist known primarily for her work with acrylic and oil paint.  

Her bold self-portraits ensnare emotivity as each layer resonates the artist’s internal and outward struggle with feeling distanced from the world around her as she tries to reconcile the dichotomies of bridging multiple cultures as a mixed woman. Rugiyatou was raised by her Gambian father and step mother who imparted West African values and culture while residing her whole life in Sweden. The artist credits her Swedish mother and grandmother as being early artistic influences in her life, inspiring her to start painting at an early age. Her upbringing became her inspiration to portray black subjectivity and explore her half-Swedish and half-Gambian identity. Jallow’s use of color to portray black, white, and mixed skin with the thread, is acting as a visual representation of equality and connection across races. The bright colors specifically are a further representation of the artist’s connection to nature and feeling of belonging on this Earth.


B. 1990
Currently based in Los Angeles at Mohilef Studios where Carl Kostyál runs a residency in collaboration with fellow gallery artist Canyon Castator

2014 – Degree in Computer animation, Glendale College, Los Angeles, CA

Solo Exhibitions:
2023 – Days of Daydreams, F2T Gallery, Milan, IT
2023 – Find Her on the Trail of Truth, Albertz Benda, New York ,Chelsea, NY 
2022 – Spotlight: Rugiyatou Ylva Jallow, The FLAG Art Foundation ,Chelsea, NY 
2022 – Uppväxten I Sverige, Carl Kostyál, Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

Selected Exhibitions:
2021 – Grand Opening, Allouche Gallery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 
2021 – Blackity Black Friday, Sole Folks, Los Angeles, CA
2014 – Les Femmes, Maxwell Dickson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Commissions & Public projects:
2021 – Adult swim, Juneteenth, Los Angeles, CA
2020 – Use Your Gift Project, Los Angeles, CA
2020 – Special Project 1310 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 2020 – Integral Studios, Los Angeles, CA
2020 – The Zeus Network, Los Angeles, CA