Armando Rascon's work in installation and conceptual art is widely acclaimed and has been the subject of a number of commendations, including fellowship grants from the the California Arts Council, Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the prestigious Adaline Kent Award, and project grants from the US-Mexico Fund for Culture and Rockefeller Foundation. Born and raised on the US-Mexico bordertown of Calexico, California Rascon's childhood was informed by the language and symbolism of the nascent Chicano civil rights and cultural movements of the 1960s. A member of the second generation of politically conscious Chicano artists, Rascon's work of the past decade has used contemporary methods of research and analysis to examine the institutional construction of cultural repositories, archives, and information systems. He has participated in group exhibitions in New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago, Paris, Cologne, Copenhagen, Stockholm and elsewhere. His solo work has included projects for INTAR Gallery in New York, the Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, Randolph Street Gallery in Chicago, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Blue Star Art Space in San Antonio, and was the subject of a breakthrough joint exhibition at San Diego's Museum of Contemporary Art and Centro Cultural de la Raza.
His unique contribution as an independant curator has earned Rascon a national reputation with important engagements as Guest Curator for the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Mexican Museum in San Francisco, the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, and the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, among others. Rascon has been a major force in the artistic and cultural life of San Francisco for more than eighteen years. As the founder and codirector of TERRAIN, a renowned gallery devoted to contemporary art in downtown San Francisco, Rascon has presented the work of numerous national and international talents in over one hundred exhibitions that he organized during the past eleven years. Recent civic commendations include Rascon's appointment to the San Francisco Art Commission, where he served as Chair of the Visual Arts Committee and Vice-chair of the full Commission. A noted social activist, Rascon continues to create pioneering projects for the community; most currently, "Border Metamorphosis: the Binational Mural Project," a major public art project involving hundreds of volunteers painting two miles of the international US-Mexico borderfence located between civic space shared by Calexico, California and Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.