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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 Hall, Miami-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.
SELECTED SOLO ART EXHIBITS:
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 Project, Miami Science Museum, Miami, FL.
2007 Antarctica, Kunsthaus Miami Contemporary Art Space, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, FL.
2006 The Reclamation Project, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL.
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 Report, Boulder 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.
SELECTED PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS
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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