Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ybarra is an artist whose work operates as examinations of conflated and excluded social norms, often examining complete environments, histories and narratives. Ybarra’s visual dialogues expose an autobiographical context that is unique to southern California but universal in concept. He received an MFA from University of California Irvine and a BFA from Otis. He has been featured in many local, national and international exhibitions including the 2008 Whitney Biennal, the 2012 LA Biennial, the 2004 Prague Biennial, the Tate Museum in London, the “California Biennial” at the Orange County Museum, at MOCA, at LACMA among others. He is co-founder of Slanguage Studio, an artist collective founded in 2002 in Wilmington, CA. He has taught in many schools, art/community centers and universities including: the California College of the Arts, at Williams College in upper state New York, at UCLA, Otis, and CalArts. He has also taught at many art centers, museums, art residency places and schools including ArtPace San Antonio Texas, the Heart Project in Los Angeles, at the Chicago Hyde Park Center, ICA Boston, at the Serpentine Gallery in London, an at Sigrid’s Place Art Residency in Denmark among others.