Marcus Xavier is a lens based artist living from the Southwestern region of the USA. He recently

returned home to Las Cruces, New Mexico to work as an artist and focus on community engagement and education and currently works for the Picacho Arts District, a community driven arts institution which focus on uplifting and empower the people of Las Cruces, as well as the New Mexico State University Art Museum as a digital marketing specialist with a focus on bringing community groups that have not typically been included in institutional settings within the art world. 

In 2020 he founded the Cristian Anthony Vallejo Memorial Gallery at the Garcia Building in Las Cruces. Dedicated to his late little cousin, the gallery aims to create a space for artists whose work aims to create cultural and communal conversation that goes beyond art for the sake of art and generates real change on a communal level. Beginning in 2021 the CAV Gallery will hold exhibitions and host artists, as part of the Barrio Mezquite Artist Residency Program, which focuses on providing emerging artists with work space and the means to create professional level marketing materials to promote their practice, such as photographs, videos and web services. 

His work focuses on family and the intersection of class, race and history in what is currently the Southwest region of the United States.



Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico

Instagram: @chormicle



Arizona State University, Phoenix


Bachelors of Journalism, Print, exp. 2020

Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Minors: Digital Marketing, Studio Art



Las Cruces Arts and Cultural District Artist in Residency, Las Cruces, NM December 2020-June 2021

OTIS College Summer Residency, Santa Monica, California June 2020

(Canceled due to COVID-19)

Selected Exhibitions

Art Obscura, Las Cruces, New Mexico October 2017
{9} The Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona March 2017

Lectures & Artist Talks

Visual Nourishment, August 2020

The Broadcast Education Association Conference, April 2019

Awards & Honors 

Radius Scholarship for the Alex & Rebecca Norris Webb Photobook Workshop - March 2020
Shortlisted, Kris Graves Projects Lost III Book Award, January 2020

Selected Attendee, Charcoal Book Club Portfolio Review, March 2019

Client Work

Headshots, Corporate Shoots, Family Portraits, Grad Photos,

Weddings, Events, Product Shoots & More


Arizona State University

The Picacho Arts District

The Hood New Mexico

Arizona PBS

Icebox Brewing Company

Sephra Reyes Studio

Saba Hut/Barricade Culture Shop

DwellFresh Juicebar

Organ Mountain Outfitters

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

South Texas Off Road Racing