Gabrielle’s work employs a personal lexicon of family history, rock and roll memorabilia, Catholic iconography, nostalgia, and dark humor.

She grew up surrounded by the Funk Art popular in 1970's and 1980's Sacramento, California. In the 1990's she moved to Oakland, California to study painting and film before leaving art school to join the Puppy Toss comics publishing collective. Her comics have appeared in various publications, such as Top Shelf, Bust Magazine, Scheherazade, and Truthout. In 1994 she co-edited the anthology On Our Butts, a collection of comics by influential female cartoonists such as Ariel Bordeaux, Megan Kelso, and Jessica Abel.

She received a BA in Painting from San Francisco State University, where she began making her large mixed-media drawings.

She currently lives in Santa Rosa, California.


2013 Florida Diary, Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
2013 Remote Viewing, David James, San Rafael, CA
2001 Cakes, Ver Unica, San Francisco, CA

2015 The Cat’s Meow, Pony Club Gallery, Portland, OR
2015 Can Serrat, Barcelona, Spain
2014 Henry & Glenn Forever and Ever, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Short Run, Fantagraphics Gallery, Seattle, WA
2013 The Wild, The Projects Festival (installation), IPRC, Portland, OR
2013 Batman On Robin, Mission Comics and Art, San Francisco, CA
2012 You Are Beautiful, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
2012 Day of The Dead, Gallery 300, Santa Rosa, CA
2012 Valentine's Day Show, Down at Lulu's, Oakland, CA
2011 Portrait Show, Studio One Gallery, Oakland, CA
2011 Five Cartoonists, Toby’s Feed Barn Gallery, Point Reyes, CA
2011 Mission Artists Exhibition, FLAX Art & Design, San Francisco, CA
2010 Teen Age, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010 Mischief, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010 Into the Ring, SOMarts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
2009 Dementions, Eclectix Gallery, El Cerrito, CA
2009 Elvis Week Juried Show, Graceland, Memphis, TN (2nd Place Award)
2009 Group Show, Barber Lounge, San Francisco, CA
2009 Relentless Love, Art Explosion Studios, San Francisco, CA
2008 Delicious, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007 Flower Power, Eclectix Gallery, El Cerrito, CA
2006 Little and Lots, Here Gallery, Bristol, UK
2006 Post-Postcard 10, The Lab, San Francisco, CA
2006 Tiny, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006 Pink Week, Cricket Engine Gallery, Oakland, CA
2006 Bad Neighborhood, Badfish Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005 16th Annual Stillwell Juried Show, SFSU Fine Arts Gallery, CA
2003 Here, Here Gallery, Bristol, UK
1998 Method, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee

2015 Can Serrat, Barcelona, Spain
2012 Atlantic Center For The Arts, New Smyrna, Florida
2012 Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa, California

Davis, Julie. “The Zine Scene and Mini-Comics with Gabrielle Gamboa,” Art Animal, September 12, 2012.<>
Capistrano, Daniela. “Report Back From SF Zinefest,” POC Zine Project, September 22, 2012.<>
Clough, Robert. “Minicomics Adaptations: Choy, Gamboa, Stripling” High-Low, July 2, 2012.<>
Kennedy, Channing. “…Artists Create their Own Heroes” Colorlines, May 15, 2012.<>
Pringle, Aurora. “An Interview With Heaven and Hell’s Gabrielle Gamboa,” Aurora Lady, April 10, 2012.<>
Team False Start (Collective). “Getting to Know Your Zinester: Gabrielle Gamboa,” Los Angeles Zine Fest, December 2011.<>
Triggs, Teal. Fanzines: The DIY Revolution, pp. 152-153. Published by Chronicle Books, October, 2010.
Duthie, Heather. “SF Open Studios,” Mission Local, October 2009. <>
Moore, Anne Elizabeth. The Best American Comics 2006, Houghton Mifflin; October 2006.
Fleener, Mary. “Our Cover Girls,” The Comics Journal , September 2001
Robins, Trina. From Girls to Grrlz, pp.121-122, published by Chronicle Books, April 1999.
Raphael, Jordan. “Young Cartoonists Roundtable,” Comics Journal, June 1998
Strachota, Dan. “The Puppy Toss Papers,” Express Weekly, January 17, 1997
Snyder, Jon. “Eight Who Are Changing the Face of Comics,” Cups Magazine, January 1995

My drawings, comics, and illustrations have appeared in numerous publications. Book publishers include Chronicle Books, Soft Skull Press, Greenery Press, and the California Arts Commission. Periodicals include The SF Weekly, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Bust Magazine, Creative Quarterly, and the Comics Journal. Online publications include,, and A complete publications list is available here.

2011-(present) Youth in Arts Artist-in-Schools, San Rafael, CA.
2009-11 Marin School of the Arts, Novato, CA.
2008-09 RDASC Artist-in-Residence, San Francisco, CA.

2008 California Art Education Credential, SFSU
2006 B.A. in Painting, San Francisco State University
1990-1992 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland


65 Years of Peanuts, Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa, CA. August, 2015
Short Run, Seattle, WA. November 20, 2014 (panel)
Latino Comics Expo, San Francisco, CA. June 1-2, 2013 LA Zine Fest, Los Angeles, CA. February 17, 2013
Footsies, Los Angeles, CA. February 16, 2012. (reading)
Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa, CA. December 8, 2012
Escapist Small Press Festival, Berkeley, CA. September 22, 2012 (reading)
SF ZineFest, San Francisco, CA. September 1-2, 2012
Zinefest Reading, Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco, CA. August 30, 2012 (reading)
Noche De Mujeres, Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco, CA. August 23, 2012 (reading)