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

With a focus on urbanity in the 21st century, her work examines spatial poetics 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 and has had work shown 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, 2011

“The Diaspora,” University of California, Berkeley, CA, 2015, 2016, 2017

Kalyani Magazine, Brooklyn, NY, 2014, 2015

Wix Lounge, San Francisco, CA, 2015

Art Basel, Switzerland, 2015, 2016

The Teufelhof Hotel, Basel, Switzerland, 2015, 2016

Silicon Valley Women’s Caucus for Art, San Francisco, CA, 2015

Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2015

Quadratfub, Berlin, Germany, 2015

Zozi’s Lounge, San Francisco, CA, 2015 (*solo show)

Kaiser Permanente, CDRP, Oakland, CA, 2016

Farley’s East, Oakland, CA, 2016, 2017 (*solo shows)

Oakland’s Art Murmur, Oakland, CA, 2016, 2017

The Good Hop Bottle Shop, Oakland, CA, 2016, 2017 (*solo shows)

Sanchez Contemporary Gallery, Oakland, CA, 2017

American Studies Association Conference, 2017, Denver, CO

Hiding in Plain Site: Art in the Everyday. Conference at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2017

Omi Gallery, Oakland, CA, 2017

Images Photography ShowMarin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA, 2017

International Symposium on Black Europe, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2017

Journal for Equity and Excellence in Education, 2017

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2018

Malika is the Communications Coordinator 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.

Trained in writing and photography at Sarah Lawrence College,  Malika earned a Master of Arts degree in African Diaspora Studies from UC Berkeley in 2008. 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 15 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.


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