Miami artist Xavier Cortada’s socially-engaged art practice addresses environmental concerns. He often collaborates with scientists in his art-making:
He has collaborated with population geneticists to explore our ancestral journeys out of Africa 60,000-years ago, with molecular biologists to synthesize a DNA strand from a sequence 400 museum visitors randomly generated, and with botanists to develop multi-year participatory eco-art efforts to reforest mangroves, native trees, and wildflowers across Florida.
At CERN, Cortada and a particle physicist created a permanent digital-art piece to celebrate the Higgs boson discovery. At Hubbard Brook, he worked with hydrologists on a water cycle visualization project driven by real-time data collected at a watershed in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
Cortada has created environmental installations (North Pole and South Pole), eco-art projects (Taiwan and Holland), and painted community murals addressing peace (Cyprus and Northern Ireland), child welfare (Bolivia and Panama), AIDS (Switzerland and South Africa) and juvenile justice (Miami and Philadelphia) concerns.
His work is in the permanent collections of the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), the NSU Museum of Art in Ft. Lauderdale, the Whatcom Museum, and the Patricia and Philip Frost Art Museum.
Follow Xavier Cortada on social media: @xcortada