Malika Zwanya Crutchfield, MA, RRW, is a California-based artist, educator, and community advocate.

With a focus on urbanity in the 21st century, her work examines spatial poetics, racialized space, and the influence that space and architecture have on the human psyche. Her work suggests the existence of a uniquely Black architectural phenomenology.  She showcases her work regularly in exhibitions, galleries, and publications across the U.S., internationally, and online, including the International Symposium on Black Europe, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and the Art Basel festival in Basel, Switzerland.

Selection of exhibitions and publications:


Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA

“The Diaspora,” University of California, Berkeley, CA

Kalyani Magazine, Brooklyn, NY

Wix Lounge, San Francisco, CA

Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland

The Teufelhof Hotel, Basel, Switzerland

Silicon Valley Women’s Caucus for Art, San Francisco, CA

Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Quadratfub, Berlin, Germany

Zozi’s Lounge, San Francisco, CA, (*solo show)

Kaiser Permanente, CDRP, Oakland, CA

Farley’s East, Oakland, CA (*solo shows)

Oakland’s Art Murmur, Oakland, CA

The Good Hop Bottle Shop, Oakland, CA (*solo shows)

Sanchez Contemporary Gallery, Oakland, CA

American Studies Association Conference, Denver, CO

Hiding in Plain Site: Art in the Everyday. Academic Conference at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Omi Gallery, Oakland, CA

Images Photography ShowMarin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA

International Symposium on Black Europe, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Journal for Equity and Excellence in Education

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Museum of Social Justice, Los Angeles, CA


Malika is a social worker at La Raza Community Resource Center, a non-profit organization that provides free social services, education, and crisis intervention in San Francisco’s Mission District. As a registered RRW from CAADAC, she provides individual counseling and teaches psycho-education classes such as anger management, relapse prevention, mindfulness and meditation.

With a BA in writing and photography from Sarah Lawrence College,  Malika earned a Master of Arts degree in African Diaspora Studies from UC Berkeley. She is currently a PhD student at UC Berkeley, where she teaches African American Studies.

A licensed Vinyasa yoga instructor from New York/San Francisco’s Laughing Lotus Yoga, Malika has practiced yoga and vipassana meditation for over 17 years, learning under the gurus Jasmine Tarkeshi, Astrud Castillo, and Jack Kornfield. Malika developed and teaches original mindfulness and meditation curriculum for kids ages 5 and up, and women who are survivors of trauma.


instagram: @bodhizwanya