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Xavier Cortada

Miami artist Xavier Cortada created art installations at the North Pole and South Pole to address environmental concerns at every point in between. He’s been commissioned to create art for the White House, the World Bank, Miami City Hall, Miami-Dade County Hall, Florida Botanical Gardens, the Miami Art Museum, Museum of Florida History, Miami Science Museum and the Frost Art Museum. Cortada has also developed numerous collaborative art projects globally, 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 Taiwan, Holland, Hawaii and Latvia. (See bio)


  • Artist-in-Residence and Director, Florida International University College of Architecture + The Arts | Office of Engaged Creativity, Miami Beach, FL (2011-present)

  • Artistic Director and Founder, The Reclamation ProjectMiami Science Museum, Miami, FL (2006-present)

  • Professional Artist (1997-present)


  • Vice Chair, Florida Council on Arts and Culture, Tallahassee, FL (present)

  • Councilor, Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council, Miami, FL (present)

  • Member, City of Miami Arts and Entertainment Council, Miami, FL (present)

  • Member, , City of Miami Education Advisory Council, Miami, FL (present)

  • Executive Committee,  Miami-Dade Community Relations Board (CRB) (past)


  • Juris Doctor, University of Miami School of Law Coral Gables, FL (December 1991).
  • Master of Public Administration, University of Miami Graduate School, Coral Gables, FL (December 1991).
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, Coral Gables, FL (December 1986).



  • Painting the Genome for the Public, Science4 February 2011: Vol. 331 no. 6017 p. 548
  • Green Museum, by Allison Compton, Public Art Review, Issue 40, pp 52-55 (Spring/Summer 2009).
  • Global Warnings, by Suzaan Boettger, Art in America, Issue No. 6, pp. 154-161, 206-207, June/July 2008.
  • The Arts: "The Longitudinal Installation: Representing those affected by climate change,"Resurgence,  edition 243, page 32-33 (July/August 2007).
  • Kunsthaus Miami exhibit. Review by Milagros Bello.  Published in arte al día (International Magazine of Contemporary Latin American Art), edition 119, (July 2007).


  • BLOOM at Kaohsiung International Container Art Festival, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2011.

  • Paths and Traces/Chemins et TracésFondation Derouin – Symposium 2009, Les Jardins du Précambrien, Val-David, Quebec, Canada, 2009.

  • Kunst- en natuurwandeling OverLevenFoundation Nature Art Drenthe (Stichting Natuurkunst Drenthe), Drenthe, the Netherlands, 2009.

  • 90N (North Pole) Installations, New York Foundation for the Arts, NYFA sponsored artist, 2008.

  • Art in Antarctica (South Pole Installations), National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, 2006-2007.

  • Prior grantors also include: U.S. State Department, USAID, State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade Art in Public Places.


2012  Broward Public Art and Design Progam, Port Everglades Terminal 2, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

2010   Miami-Dade Art in Public Places, City of Miami Gardens Aquatic Center, Miami Gardens, FL

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

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

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

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


In recent years, Cortada has delivered formal lectures about his art at:


2010     Sequentia, Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL.

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

2010     Endangered World: 80.15 W/ InstallationBiscayne National Park, Homestead, FL.

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

2009     The Reclamation ProjectMartin County Courthouse Cultural Center, Stuart, FL.

See more at EXHIBITS

2011    Annual Alumnni ExhibitionUniversity of Miami College of Arts and Sciences Art Gallery, Coral Gables, FL

2010    New Media Festival, 5th edition, Hardcore Art Contemporary Space, Miami, FL

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

2010    AdaptationArt and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL.

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

2009    Polar IdentityWorks Gallery, San Jose, CA.

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

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

See more at EXHIBITS

For more detailed information click here.

You may also want to read About the Artist biography and visit www.cortada.com.

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts

Xavier Cortada
Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 430
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.


 Reclamation Project

 NYFA sponsored-artist participatory eco-art projects


Native Flags   






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