Marico Fayre is a photographic artist whose work explores vulnerability, aloneness, mental illness, LGBTQ identity, the search for belonging, and a deep curiosity about the connection that occurs between making and experiencing art. Her work has been described as visual poetry; her drive to create both encompasses and challenges notions of beauty.

Marico often collaborates with performance artists and writers, weaving together the two voices in order to create projects of depth and strength. She is one of the founding members of Small Talk Collective, a group of seven women photographers based in Portland, Oregon. 

She teaches for the graduate photography program at the Academy of Art University. She believes in the importance of understanding the business side of being an artist and uses her background in branding, project management, and creative direction, as well as fine art photography, to support artists, students, and photo-based organizations with the business and logistical side of artistic endeavors.

Marico’s work has been exhibited internationally, including Newspace Center for Photography (Portland, OR), Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), RayKo Photo Center (San Francisco, CA), 625 Sutter Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Gotham Arts Salon (New York, NY), Brooklyn Pride Center (Brooklyn, NY), PhotoPlace Gallery (Middlebury, VT), Lightbox Gallery (Astoria, OR), and Bellas Artes (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico). Her images have been published in Diffusion Magazine, Shots Magazine, Color Magazine, ToneLit, Method Press, 5x5 Magazine, Vogue Italia online, and VJC–Journal on Images and Culture.

A gypsy at heart, she travels as often as possible in order to continue challenging how she sees the world and what she is able to discover with her camera.

You can see more on Instagram @maricofayre and over at Small Talk Collective.

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2017. Panel Member. Portland Art Museum: NW Photography Council. Portland, OR.
2017. Guest Presenter. Newspace Center for Photography. Portland, OR
2015. Resident Artist for a 5-Week Visual Storytelling Workshop. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
2014. Guest Lecturer. “Gender, Sexuality, and the Photographic Image.” Oregon State University.
2015. Workshop Facilitator. Pathways to the Inner Story Workshop. Nine Mountain, MA.
2014. Workshop Facilitator. Finding Your Inner Story Workshop. Nine Mountain, MA.
2012 – Present. Graduate Photography Faculty. Academy of Art University.
2011. Membership & Marketing Outreach. Newspace Center for Photography.
2006 – 2010. Freelance Creative Director and Production Manager. Portland, OR.


2017. Color: Photography Now. Black Box Gallery. Portland, OR.
2017. Unlimited. Pacific Northwest College of Art. Portland, OR.
2016. A Summer in Italy. 688 Sutter Gallery. San Francisco, CA.
2016. Introspective Landscapes. 625 Sutter Gallery. San Francisco, CA.
2015. The Politics of Voyeuriism. Milepost 5. Portland, OR.
2014. Quixotic Nature. Gotham Arts Salon. New York, NY. (solo)
2014. Dapper Spring in Brooklyn. Brooklyn Community Pride Center. Brooklyn, NY. (solo)
2014. Perfect Wasn’t Bad. Empty Stretch and Hell & Gone. Brooklyn, NY.
2014. Visual Narratives. Center for Fine Art Photography. Fort Collins, CO. (Honorable Mention)
2013. Then.Now.Here. Photolucida. Portland, OR.
2013. emergence. Lightbox Gallery. Astoria, OR.
2012. Voyeurism & Intimacy. RayKo Photo Center. San Francisco, CA.
2012. What Will You Reveal? Be*Mused. Portland, OR. (solo)
2011. Fragments of a Happy Marriage. Union Rose. Portland, OR. (solo)
2011. Memory & Methaphor. K & F. Portland, OR. (solo)
2010. Spring Show. Academy of Art University. San Francisco, CA. (Honorable Mention)
2010. Wide-Awake Dreaming. PhotoPlace Gallery. Middlebury, VT.
2009. Memory & Metaphor. Umpqua Valley Arts Association. Roseburg, OR. (solo)
2009. Dreams and Fantasies. PhotoPlace Gallery. Middlebury, VT.
2009. Expose Yourself. Umpqua Valley Arts Association. Roseburg, OR.
2004. Bildungsroman. Higgins Gallery. Portland, OR. (solo)
2001. at sixteen. Philip Feldman Gallery. Portland, OR. (solo)

2017. Capture Magazine. Sept/Oct. "Look at me: the art of self-expression." 
2017. Fraction Magazine. Issue 102. Feature: Small Talk Collective.
2017. Ain't Bad Magazine. August 2017. Feature: Small Talk Collective.
2013. [FRAMED] Network. Featured Artist: Interviewed by Brooke Shaden.
2013. VJIC - Journal on Images and Culture. Issue 5. November. Featured Portfolio.
2013. Shots Magazine. 120. Summer.
2012. Diffusion Magazine. IV.
2011. Shots Magazine. 113. Autumn.
2011. Method Press. Issue 03. “A Moving Target.”
2011. Still: The Art of Living. Published by the Female Self-Portrait Artists Support Group.
2010. COLOR Magazine. Single Image Competition Bronze Award.
2009. In Her Own Image. Published by the Female Self-Portrait Artists Support Group.

2011. MFA Photography. Academy of Art University. San Francisco, CA.
2005. BFA Photography. Pacific Northwest College of Art. Portland, OR.

2015. Visual Artist in Residence. San Miguel Writers Conference.
2015. Critical Mass Finalist. Photolucida.

2017– Present. Society for Photographic Education. LGBTQ Caucus. Secretary.
2013 – 2014. Facilitator. Asterisk Queer Co-Working. Brooklyn, NY.
2012 – Present. Certified Business. National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
2011 – 2012. Chair & Founding Member. QueerNW Travel & Tourism. Portland, OR.
2012 – 2014. Photography & Social Media. Rescue San Miguel. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
2010 – 2012. Official Photographer. Portland Area Business Association.