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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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professional experience:

Professional and Community Artist (1993-present)

Artistic Director for the following Miami-Dade Arts in Public Places sponsored programs: Master-Peace International (2001), Master-Peace 2000 (1999-2000),  Master-Peace Inaugural (1998-1999), and Public Art Transforming Housing--"PATH" (1999-2000)

Attorney-at-Law, Consultant and Motivational Speaker (June 1992-present)

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Miami School of Medicine, Center for Family Studies (1993-present)

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Miami School of Medicine (2000-present)

Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) South Dade Development Program (July 1995--July 1997)

Annie E. Casey Mental Health Initiative for Urban Children in East Little Havana, Miami, Florida, Interim Project Director (Nov 1993-May 1994)

Director, Juvenile Violence and Delinquency Prevention Programs and Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Miami School of Medicine Center on Minority Families/Center for Family Studies/ Spanish Family Guidance Center (Oct 1992-Nov 1993)

Executive Director, Regis House, an adolescent drug and alcohol abuse center in Miami, Florida (1990-1992)



2004-present   Dade Cultural Alliance, Board member.
2003-2005   University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association,
2003-2004   Vice Chair, Juvenile Court Committee of the Dade County Bar Association
2002   Candidate for Circuit Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida
2000-2003 Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board, Board Member and member of the Executive Committee.
2000-2003 Board of Trustees, Historical Museum of Southern Florida, Miami Florida.
2000-2003 Board of Directors, SALAD -- Spanish American League Against Discrimination, Miami, Florida.
1988-1997 Regis House Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Abuse Center, Miami, Florida
  • President (1989-90)
  • Vice Chair (1990-1997)
1988-Present Local Board Member, Selective Service System (Draft Board)
1995-1997 Health Crisis Network, Miami, Florida
  • Board of Directors
  • Advocacy Committee, Chair
1997-1999 Children's Cultural Coalition, Board of Directors, Miami, FL
1997-1999 University of Miami School of Law Children and Youth Law Clinic, Advisory Board
1994-1997 Dade County Bar Association Juvenile Courts Committee, Chair
1993-1996 Dade County Juvenile Justice Council, Executive Committee
1993-1996 Miami River Neighborhood Restoration Corporation, Member
1993-1995 City of Miami City-wide Community Development Advisory Board
1993-1994 Founding Organizer and Advisor to Vecinos En Accion, a grass-roots neighborhood corporation in Miami's East Little Havana neighborhood
1992 Adolescent Juvenile Justice Task Force, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1992 Founding Organizer and Facilitator of the Wynwood Youth Group in La Mission San Juan Bautista of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Miami, Florida
1992 Member, appointed by the Metropolitan Dade County Mayor to the County’s Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board
1991-1993 Chair, Advisory Board to Metropolitan Dade County Hispanic Family Development Project
1991-1993 Chair, City of Miami Youth Task Force, Miami, Florida.
1991-1992 Hispanic Working Group Member, The Miami Coalition for a Drug-Free Community
1991 Panel Chair, Florida Foster Care Review Panel
1990-1993 Chair, Membership Committee, Dade County Prevention Network for Alcohol and Other Drugs
1988-1990 Vice Chair, City of Miami Mayor's Committee on Youth Gang Activity
1990-1991 Voting Delegate, American Bar Association House of Delegates
1989-90 National Vice Chair, American Bar Association Law Student Division
1987 White House Advance Team for the 1987 Visit to Miami of Pope John Paul II, Miami, Florida.



Xavier Cortada

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.


selected consulting activities:

1995 South Florida Coordinator, Floridians for Access to Justice--a campaign sponsored by The Florida Bar, The Florida Bar Foundation and Florida Legal Services to preserve federal funding of the Legal Services Corporation
1995 Provided volunteer consulting through FAVA/CA to the people of Costa Rica.
1995 Central Rockies Prevention Project, a special project of Colorado's 5th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Served as a Community Development consultant and developed a Needs Assessment for Hispanics in Leadville, Colorado.
United States Information Agency--Guest Speaker/Presenter in:


University of Miami Center for Family Studies Adjunct Faculty and Consultant to:
  • Shenandoah In Action: Drug-Free Schools Prevention Project, a grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the U.S. Dept. of Education Drug-Free Schools Office

  • Human Ecology Treatment for Hispanic & African American Substance Abusing Adolescents, a grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

1994 East Little Havana Community Development Corporation--provided technical assistance in the development of the neighborhood agendas and strategic plan for the Metropolitan Dade County Empowerment Zone Application.
1994 United States Embassy in Bogota, Columbia, Narcotics Affairs Section-- Keynote Speaker for Surgir's International Conference in Medellin, Colombia.
1993 Washington State Migrant Council--Keynote Speaker for the Hispanic State Conference on Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention
1993 United States Information Agency--Guest Speaker in Honduras, Guatemala and Colombia
1993 Mid-South Summer School, University of Arkansas at Little Rock--Presenter
1992 United States Information Agency -- Guest Speaker in Santa Cruz, Bolivia
1992 Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Volunteer Training Center -- Training of Trainers for Hispanics; Training of Trainers for the Religious Community
1992 Dade Community Foundation -- Neighborhood Grants Program consultant


professional papers/presentations:

Available upon request: Extensive presentations before civic and professional groups throughout the United States, Latin America, Africa and Europe.

Available upon request: Author of various published articles, including those in ABA publications and in international media; co- author of a CSAT monograph on Juvenile Justice treatment interventions, 1995; and co-author of eight articles and five abstracts in refereed clinical journals during 1983-1987.



Available upon request




Cortada, an attorney and community leader, combines his artistic talent with his concern for social and political issues. Among the topics he has explored through his work are community development, racism, violence, poverty, political freedom, AIDS, and Cuba.  



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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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