Danie Cansino
MFA Thesis Exhibition
On view June 4 - 12, 2021
COVID safety restrictions rigorously apply
Roski Mateo Gallery



1262 Palmetto Street (Los Angeles Arts District)
Los Angeles, CA 90013


Gallery: Wednesday - Friday, 12noon - 6pm
Sign in at door upon arrival for admittance. Los Angeles County limits the space to 4 visitors at a time


Visitors must complete an online wellness assessment (TROJAN CHECK) PRIOR to visit and comply with all USC regulations during their visit. Those include:

  • TROJAN CHECK requirements include the completion of an online health assessment. Please be sure PRIOR to arriving on campus. Click here to complete 
  • Visitors are limited to 4 visitors in the gallery at a time.
  • Social distancing must be observed at all times.
  • Mandatory mask must be worn over the nose and mouth at all times. No neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas, or face coverings with valves, mesh, or holes. This is required for all visitors over age 2 and all staff and artist.
  • Observe signage and markers throughout the gallery and Avoid Cross Flow of Traffic. Enter and exit through marked designated doors.
  • Sanitize your hands when entering the space
  • NO Food or Drink in the Gallery or any indoor space.
  • Do NOT enter if you or any member of your party have experienced any of the following:
    • Cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, difficult breathing or shortness of breath, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, conjunctivitis, loss of smell and taste in the last 14 days.
    • If you have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms during the 14 days prior to your scheduled visit to Mateo, DO NOT VISIT.
    • If you, yourself has had COVID-19 in the past 10 days.
    • If you are currently directed by a healthcare provider or public health official to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 infection or exposure?
    • Complete Trojan Check health screening prior to entering the building. Contactless Trojan Check will be used when entering the building.
    • Vaccines are not required but highly recommended.




Visit the 2021 MFA Art Cohort's website for an introduction to the practices of all candidates here.


about the artist

Danie Cansino is an interdisciplinary artist and educator living and working in Los Angeles.  A resident artist at Mi Familia Tattoo Studio, Cansino specializes in color, and Chicanx style black and grey realism. In examining her own cultural history, and her experience around tattooed people, Cansino has become interested in the ways in which colonization has affected the practice of tattooing, in particular, tattooing in the United States. Through narration, Cansino explores the notion that clients, peers, and her personal mentors all have stories to tell-- showing the impact a tattoo can have on lifestyle, family, education, employment, and careers. Cansino shares these stories; and shines light on lineage, tradition, and the hardships of this practice. Tattooing, very much like all the elements of her work, is a major part of the history of her Latinx culture, and hometown of Los Angeles. Cansino also focuses on issues of access to material, exploring how capitalism affects low-income communities. Using disposable mediums in her own practice,  Cansino is interested in collapsing the divide between low and high art, and what is considered worthy of representation in the fine art realm. This is also relevant in the acceptance of various art forms in Latinx/Chicanx culture. Danie Cansino has long term aspirations to help and teach others through the means of higher education, and through the creation and design of her own artwork and tattoos.

Danielle attended Rio Hondo College, shortly after her first apprenticeship for tattooing in 2013. In 2017, Danielle graduated from Laguna College of Art and Design, where She earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting, with an Emphasis in Sculpture. After graduation in 2018, Danielle began tattooing full-time as a resident artist at Mi Familia Tattoo Studio, where she specializes in color and black and grey realism. In 2021, Cansino completed her Master of Fine Art degree at the University of Southern California.  Cansino’s work has been featured in exhibitions with SUR Biennial, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Human Resources Gallery, UTA Artists Space, Humble Arts Foundation, USC Roski and publications in Artforum International Magazine as well as Glendale Community College.