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"Xavier Cortada created a series of extensive installations on his Antarctic visit, focusing on the crucial element of time. The Florida native cast an ice replica of a Mangrove seedling that is very slowly making its way over 150,000 years to the coastline. In contrast, he marked the mere 50-year history of human presence at the South Pole with chronological flags stretching across the frozen land."


Lucy R. Lippard

Weather Report exhibition catalog, 

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 2007.




Xavier Cortada has worked with groups globally to produce numerous collaborative art projects, including peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama, AIDS murals in Geneva and South Africa, and eco-art projects in Hawaii, Holland and Latvia.

The Miami artist created environmental art at the Earth Poles: In 2007, the artist used the moving ice sheet beneath the South Pole as an instrument to mark time; the art piece will be completed in 150,000 years.  In 2008, Cortada planted a green flag at North Pole to help launch a global reforestation effort.

Cortada has also been commissioned to create art for the White House, the World Bank, the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida Governor's Mansion, Florida Botanical Gardens, Miami City HallMiami-Dade County Hall, the Miami Art Museum, the Miami Science Museum,  Museum of Florida History, and the Frost Art Museum.

Corporations such as General Mills, Nike, Heineken and Hershey's have commissioned his art. Publishers like McDougal and Random House have featured it in school textbooks and publications. His work has also been featured in National Geographic TV and the Discovery Channel.

Cortada, who was born in Albany, New York and grew up in Miami, holds degrees from the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Business and School of Law.



For more information visit www.cortada.com

You may also want to read the 2006 Florida History and Arts article.





2010     Sequentia, Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL.

2010     North Pole/South Pole (90n/90s) Installations, Miami Science Museum, Miami, FL. 

2010     Endangered World: 80.15 / Installation, Biscayne National Park, Homestead, FL.

2009     Native Flags: North Pole, ecoartspace, Verge Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL.

2009     The Reclamation Project, Martin County Courthouse Cultural Center, Stuart, FL.

2008     Ancestral Dinner Party (The Genographic Project), Miami Science Museum, Miami, FL.

2007    South Pole Installations, Centre Gallery, Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, Miami, FL.

2007    Native Flags and The Reclamation ProjectMiami Science Museum, Miami, FL.

2007     AntarcticaKunsthaus Miami Contemporary Art Space, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, FL.

2006      The Reclamation Project, Bass Museum of Art, Miami BeachFL.




2010    The Liberators Project/Liberadores (Denver Biennale of the Americas), Museo de las Americas,  Denver, CO.

2010    Adaptation, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL.

2009    Water: Three States, Auburn University Art Gallery, Auburn, AL.

2009    Polar Identity, Works Gallery, San Jose, CA.

2009    Antarctica: Collection from the Bottom of the World, Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, MD.

2009    Sustainable?, Central Connecticut State University Gallery, New Britain, CT.

2008    The Green Project presented by the Claire Oliver Gallery, Miami, FL.

2008    Polar Attractions, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.

2008    EPA (Environmental Performance Actions), EXIT ART, New York, NY.

2007    Weather ReportBoulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO -- curated by Lucy Lippard.

2007     Envisioning Change, presented by the Natural World Museum and the United Nations Environment Programme at the Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway (June-August), and the BOZAR Center for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium (October- December), and the Ministry of Culture in Monaco (in February 2008).

2006     Miami in Transition, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL.






2008   Art in State Buildings, Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL. 

2008   Monroe County Art in Public Places, Upper Keys Government Center,  FL.

2008   Pinellas County Art in Public Places, Florida Botanical Gardens, Largo, FL.

2007   Monroe County Art in Public Places North Key Largo Fire Station, Key Largo, FL.



December 1991                        Juris Doctor University of Miami School of Law Coral Gables, Florida.

December 1991                        Master of Public Administration University of Miami Graduate School.

December 1986                        Bachelor of Arts in Psychology University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences.



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