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xavier cortada
has been commissioned to create art for the White House,
the World Bank, Nike, HBO, the Global Health Council &
the Miami Art Museum.

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fellowships, grant awards and other honors


MetLife Foundation cultural grant to NCCJ for artist to implement ArtBridge, a mural project with middle school youth in Overtown and East Little Havana (2003).
Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council community grant for artist to implement The Voice Project, a collaborative art project with children in residential psychiatric facilities and the University of Miami School of Law Children and Youth Law Clinic (2003).

Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council community grant for artist to implement The History of Disabilities mural project and exhibit, in collaboration with the University of Miami School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics Mailman Center for Child Development (2002).

Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council community grant for artist to implement ARTCare: Outreach to Juveniles in Adult Jails, a mural and exhibit in collaboration with the Office of the Public Defender and Miami-Dade Art in Public Places (2001).

Dade Community Foundation grant to Hands on Miami for artist to implement
"We're in the same boat" Mural Project a community building project between Haitian and Cuban elderly, co-sponsored by the Haitian American Foundation, the Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Center (2001).

Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council community grant for artist to implement
The Art of Inclusion: A Children's Collage: Creation of a collaborative mural that allowed University of Miami Mailman Center/Debbie School children with normal developmental abilities to work together with their peers who have varying disabilities such as hearing impairment, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and genetic disorders in collaboration with the Debbie School at the Mailman Center for Child Development (2000).

Millennium International Volunteer Award, a United States Department of State/USA Today national award recognizing the artists collaborative mural work at the international level (2000).

U.S. State Department Bureau of Cultural Affairs Grant for artist to implement the
Children's Friendship Project for Northern Ireland Mural created with Protestant and Catholic Youth and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the Northern Ireland Department of Culture (2000).

Fulbright Grant for artist to implement the Listen to the Children of the Green Line project, a US Embassy-sponsored mural created by Greek and Turkish Cypriot youth at the Fulbright Center on the United Nations Peace Keeping Force Buffer Zone (the Green Line), Nicosia, Cyprus (2000).

USAID grant for artist to create
Breaking the Silence collaborative mural with participants of the XIII World AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, July 5 - 14, 2000.

Commissioned to create two murals (and serve as Artistic Director) for
Art in Public Places' PATH (Public Art Transforming Housing), a collaborative  project with Miami-Dade Housing Department and the Miami-Dade Police Department aimed at eliminating drugs in nine public housing sites (1999).

Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council Community Grant to Miami-Dade Art in Public Places to fund Xavier Cortada’s implementation of
Master-Peace 2000 --working with 10 high schools during the 1999-2000 academic year to create ten Internet-based murals commemorating the millennium's past centuries (1999).

, an Internet-based collaborative art project using 2 webcams and a live chatroom, sponsored by the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council /Art Center South Florida’s New Forms Artists Grant. (1999)

State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs artist residency grant to fund "Reach for the Future,"
Miami Dade Art in Public Places residency at Palm Springs Middle School, Hialeah, Florida (1998).

Artistic License
: commissioned by the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council and Miami-Dade County Schools to create a 32 foot long glass mosaic mural
that incorporated material from a special painting and writing project in collaboration with Poet Jeffrey Philps, the Art and English teachers at Coral Gables Elementary School and thirty-four of their students (1997).

Miami Dade Cultural Affairs Council Grant for artist to implement the Little Haiti Housing Association Murals Project, in collaboration with the Lowe Art Museum (1997).

Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council community grant for artist to implement Art as Power, a community outreach collaborative project with the University of Miami Lowe Art Museum and the Cuban American National Council's Little Havana Institute, an alternative school targeting Hispanic youth at risk of dropping-out of high school.  (1997).

Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council grant for artist to implement the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind "New Visions Project" --bringing together clients, volunteers and neighborhood (Little Havana) residents to create murals challenging societal perceptions and biases about the visually impaired

Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council community grant for artist to implement the “Murales del Centro” Project in an art trailer at Centro Campesino CDC--facilitating gang-involved children of migrant workers in creation of art—and an art exhibit at ArtCenter/South Florida in Miami Beach-- see: centro art shack (1996).

Other recent honors and (non-cash) awards

Florida Association of Volunteer Agencies for Caribbean Action (FAVA/CA) Florida International Volunteer Corps 1999 Outstanding Achievement Award, February 23, 2000

Jubilee Artist, Jubilee Day dedicated to Artists, February 18, 2000, The Vatican, Vatican City: Miami artist Xavier Cortada will travel to the Vatican to participate in the Jubilee Day for Artists on February 17 and 18th, 2000. Cortada will be one of only 600 artists and cultural figures invited by the Vatican from every country in the world to reflect on this Jubilee Year.

Presented "Key to the City", the City of South Miami, May 18th, 1999.

"Xavier Cortada Day" Proclamation on January 6, 1999 by the City of South Miami, Florida.

Awarded Grand Prize "Best of Show" Award at the Florida Museum of Hispanic and Latin American Art Arte + Arte group show in November 1998, Coral Gables, Florida.

"Xavier Cortada Day" Proclamation by the City of Miami, April 4th, 1998.

"Xavier Cortada Day" Proclamation by the City of Miami Beach, Florida on April 4, 1998.

"Xavier Cortada Day" Proclamation by Miami-Dade County, Florida on April 4, 1998.

Entered into the Congressional Record of the 105th Congress, First Session, ("Cuban American Artist Xavier Cortada"), Washington, Wednesday, April, 22nd, 1998.

Presented with the "Key to the Miami-Dade Housing Agency" for facilitating the Naranja Public Housing Mural Project, Miami-Dade County, September 8, 1997.


The artist works primarily in acrylic on canvas, although he has created numerous murals and has an impressive portfolio of drawings. Like his art, his civic involvement is aimed at effectuating positive, lasting social change.

artistic commissions:


2004   "Our Community” Mural Project, a mural project sponsored by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade Community Relations Board and Miami-Dade Art in Public Places.

2004     Corporate commission for 3M global mural project in five cities internationally.

2004     The Coexistence Mural, sponsored by the Miami-Dade Chapter of the National Conference on Community and Justice (NCCJ), Miami, FL.

2003     “The World Bank: Dreaming of a World Free of Poverty” – commissioned by The World Bank, Washington, D.C.

2003     “Kikiriki,” a 10’ x 15’ glass mosaic mural on the petting barn (facing MacArthur Causeway) of Parrot Jungle Island, Watson Island, Miami, FL.

2003     US Department of Health and Human Services and the  Centers for Disease Control mural projects in Miami and Washington, DC to promote their “VERB:  It’s what you do” Campaign.

2002     “Stepping into the American Dream” – the official mural of the
White House Conference on Minority Homeownership, Washington, D.C.

2002     Heineken,
Murales Heineken 2002, commissioned as one of four artists selected to create murals in a national program aimed at promoting Latino artists.

2002     Creation of
Weaving the Family Tapestry mural during the 60th American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Annual Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio

Giving Voice to Families mural, Family Justice Institute, New York, New York

Indiana Teen Institute murals, Vincennes, Indiana

2002     Commissioned to create  "Sharing the American Spirit,” the official mural of the
Points of Light Foundation Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

2001  Commissioned by
Miami Art Museum to create the "I do hereby promise" mural with Little Havana youth.
Miami, FL -- Summer 2001

2001  Commissioned by the City of Miami to create
Miami Riverbank" Xavier Cortada's design for the beautification of the Flagler Bridge and creation of the East Little Havana Riverside Garden.

2001  Commissioned Hershey's to create the
Hershey's Mural Project to benefit the Children's Miracle Network and Miami Children's Hospital, Miami, Florida.

2001  Commissioned by the State of Florida Front Porch Initiative to create t
he "Front Porch Conversations" collaborative mural will capture the conversations people (would) have (had) about the Little Havana Community. 

2001  Commissioned by the Alzheimer's Association to create the
"Hues of Love:  The Alzheimer's Mural"-- Miami, Florida.

2001     American Cancer Society ROCK (Reach Out to Cancer Kids) Mural, Orlando, Florida.

America's Millennium Canvas: Counties, Corporations, and Communities Working Together mural for the National Association of Counties (NACo) National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

"Healthy Women, Healthy World"
Collaborative Mural for Global Health Council's 27th Annual Conference: A Century of Health for the Children of 2000, Washington, DC.

2000     Mural for the
Center for Disease Control's Center for Injury and Violence Prevention National Sexual Violence Prevention Conference in Dallas, TX.

Making a Difference Mural, an internet-supported collaborative mural created with youth from every US Congressional District during the MADD 2000 National Youth Summit in Washington, DC, September 29th - October 3rd, 2000.  The mural was unveiled on the steps of the US Capitol on Oct 3rd, 2000.

Our Community Mural, a collaborative mural created with input from 400 community leaders and activists during the  Human Services Coalition of Dade County Annual Celebration in the Caleb Center, Miami, on June 12, 2000.

2000   Commissioned to create
an AIDS awareness movable mural with assistance from youth attending Wilson High School in Washington, DC on April 27 through May 1, 2000.  The USAID-sponsored mural will reproduced as posters for distribution during the XIII World AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa in July 2000.

2000   Voices 2000: Working with participants in the Youth Forum, Family Forum, Provider Institute and Ryan White Title IV Project Director's meeting to develop a collaborative mural for the AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families' Sixth Annual Conference in Washington, DC on May 19- 22, 2000.

2000   Creation of Initiative Mural
with the 50 Governors’ spouses, Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free, National Conference.  This conference is sponsored by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Institute of Health’s Offices of Research on Women’s Health and Research on Minority Health, and will bring together Governors’ spouses, their staff, State Alcohol Directors, and experts in the field of prevention of alcohol use by children. March 23-24, 2000, Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, D.C.

"Heroes Mural", a collaborative effort of the University of Miami Heroes Program and Regis House, Mailman Center for Child Development on Thursday, June 1st, 2000, noon, Miami, FL.

1999     100th Anniversary of the Juvenile Courts:  worked with over 500 youth from Dependency and Delinquency residential programs in Miami-Dade County to create a collaborative mural for the Juvenile Courthouse waiting room.  To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Juvenile Courts in the United States, a 24’ glass mosaic replica of the mural was unveiled on the exterior façade of the Miami –Dade County Juvenile Courthouse, Miami, FL.

1999     Compartiendo con Panamá: a solo art exhibit at the
University of Panama, a substance abuse conference in Panama City, and a mural creation and art project in Colon, Chiriqui, and Panama City.

1999  Commissioned to create
"Dear God," a  collaborative mural for Coral Gables Congregational Church's Sprit Sunday, September 12, 1999, Coral Gables, FL.

"Lifescape" mural with patients from the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital Children's Cancer Clinic, Miami, FL.

1999     Creation of
 "Voices 99: Renewing the Commitment," a collaborative mural of the 5th Annual Conference of the AIDS Policy Center for Children, Youth and Families. The artist, several Members of Congress and the nation’s “AIDS Czar” unveiled the mural on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

1998 Commissioned to create "Bridging the Gap", a collaborative mural to be co-created by the participants of the United Nation's 12th World AIDS Conference in Geneva, June 28 - July 3, 1998.

1998 Commissioned by NACo (National Association of Counties, Washington, D.C.) to produce a painting on the theme of public safety.

1998 Commissioned by the Wolfsonian/FIU Museum to create a community-driven mural in conjunction with its Public Works exhibition, featuring the mural studies from the 1930's, Miami Beach, Florida.

1997 Niketown Miami--commissioned by Nike to create three paintings for the new Miami Niketown, two of which will be enlarged as 24 ft. by 20 ft. glass tile murals and places on the exterior of the building, facing the 100,000 drivers who travel US-1 everyday.

1997 Selected by Miami-Dade Art in Public Places to create a series of community-driven murals in four public housing sites; the project is being implemented in collaboration with the Miami-Dade Housing Agency and its Public Housing Police Bureau.




arts awards, presentations, conferences & like activities:

Keynote Luncheon Speaker for the Nebraska Minority Health Conference during September 2003 in Kearney, NE. (Unveiled the Minority Health Watch painting and poster).

Keynote Plenary Speaker for the
National Community Health Workers/Promotores Conference during August 2003 in San Francisco, CA (Unveiled the conference poster).

Keynote Luncheon Speaker for the
Regional Hispanic/Latino Health and Human Services Conference during June 2003 in Chicago, IL (Unveiled the Promotoras painting and poster).

Keynote Luncheon Speaker for the
Heartland Latino Leadership Conference during October 2002 in Omaha, NE (Unveiled the Familia Unida painting and poster).

Fifth International Congress of Educating CitiesPresentation of paper at the Conference on March 14-17, 1999 in Jerusalem, Israel.

Presentation of Bridging the Gap Mural (a collaborative mural created with the participants of the United Nation's 12th World AIDS Conference in Geneva) at various charity events in Miami, FL:

  • 3rd Annual Miami Beach SWIM FOR LIFE: Awards Luncheon and Gala Dinner of the one-mile open-water swim benefiting the South Beach AIDS Project and the Cancer Lifeline of the Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Breast Center, Miami beach FL, March 27, 1999.

  • AIDS Walk 99 Ceremonies on Sunday, February 21, 1999 in Bayfront Park, Miami, Florida.

  • Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, Inc. Inaugural Annual Dinner at Sheraton Biscayne Bay Hotel on Thursday, February 11, 1999, Miami, FL:  Presentation of Bridging the Gap mural (artistic theme for the event).

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities' "Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons Learned in Miami" forum panelist, Thursday, February 4, 1999, Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler Street, Miami, FL.

NFL Player's Party for Superbowl XXXIII:  Dedication of "Celebration" painting, speak on the  Special Olympics Mural project, and sign posters during Gospel Brunch to benefit  Special Olympics, Miami Beach, FL on January 31st, 1999. 

1999 Dade Cultural Alliance's Ambassador of Arts nominee, Awards Ceremony and Dinner, Friday, January 22nd, 1999, The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, FL

1998 Awarded Grand Prize "Best of Show" Award at the Florida Museum of Hispanic and Latin American Art Arte + Arte group show in November 1998, Coral Gables, Florida.

1998 Selected as the official print artist for ARTEXPO Inaugural South Miami, Florida, 1998.

1997 Exhibition Committee, South Florida Art Center, Miami Beach, Florida

Profiled in ArtWorks! Prevention Programs for Youth & Communities, a publication sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Tucson-Pima Arts Council, and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Dept. of Health and Human Services to showcase model national programs (1997).

1997-2000  Children's Cultural Coalition, Board Member, Miami, Florida

1997 Community Partnership for the Arts & Culture, Planning Council-- a Lila Wallace Fund supported initiative of the Dade Community Foundation

1997 Creative Partnerships for Prevention--Using Art and the Humanities to Build Resiliency in Youth, Training Workshop, Bakehouse Art Complex

1997 National Art Education Association, member

1996 4th International Congress on Education Cities: The Arts and Humanities as Agents for Social Change, Chicago, Illinois

1996 Miami Arts Exchange (MAX), member, Miami, FL

1996 Tertulia/descarga/blablabla/salon: The relationship between art and power, with Cuban dissident Yndamiro Restano in the artist's home, Miami, Florida

1996 South Florida Art Center Ground Level Advisory Committee, Miami Beach, FL

Chivas Regal Award of Distinction, Artists Category, Finalist

1995 Manhattan Arts International 1995 Cover Art Exhibition, Award of Merit (1995)

Berkeley Arts Center 11th Annual National Juried Exhibition, California (1995).


other honors:

Awarded Certificate of Appreciation by the Mayor of Metropolitan Dade County, 1992.

Price Waterhouse/South Florida Magazine UP & Comers Award (1992)

Entered into the Congressional Record of the 102nd Congress, Second Session, (Vol. 138, No. 19), Washington, Wednesday, February 19, 1992.

United Way Dorothy Shula Award
, Finalist (1992).

Vice President's Award for Service, University of Miami (1991).

University of Miami Fraternity Alumnus of the Year Award (1991).

Awarded Certificate of Appreciation by the Mayor of the City of Miami, January 20, 1989.

Awarded Medal of the City of Miami Beach by the Mayor and the City Commission, June 23, 1990.

Silver Key Award, American Bar Association Law Student Division (1989) for serving as National Vice Chair of the ABA/LSD, an association of 30,000 US law students.

Iron Arrow, the highest honor attained at the University of Miami

  • Son of Chief (1988)

Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society

  • President, University of Miami (1988)

Listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities (1985).

The Miami Herald Silver Knight Award (1982).



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Xavier Cortada has exhibited his works in museums, galleries, and cultural venues around the world and has pioneered the use of the Internet in collaborative art-making. The Miami-based Cuban-American artist, attorney, and activist has worked collaboratively with diverse groups across the United States, Latin America, Europe and Africa to create pro-social community murals and participant-driven art projects. 

Cortada has created murals for:

The White House
The World Bank
Global Health Council
World AIDS Conferences
Miami-Dade County Juvenile Courthouse
Miami-Dade Art in Public Places
Miami Art Museum

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