Bio

With a poetic sensibility and profound attention to aesthetic detail, I respond to the violent realities seen through the mediated image by putting my own body through extreme, sometimes aggressive and logistically dangerous gestures as a visceral sublimation. My interest in using the body as a principal tool enables me to undermine the boundaries of politics, to challenge social conventions, and to test the endurance of viewers. By questioning social norms through physical actions I set up dichotomies; violence and humor, fear and formal beauty that ultimately achieve a fusion of ecstasy and anxiety.

Antonia Wright is a Cuban-American artist born in Miami, Florida. Wright received her MFA in Poetry from The New School in New York City in 2005 as well as at the International Center of Photography for photo and video in 2008. She has exhibited in the U.S. and abroad, and has been awarded artist’s residencies both nationally and internationally. Exhibitions include shows at The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), The Perez Art Museum (Miami), Pioneer Works (New York), The Faena Arts Center (Buenos Aires, Argentina), The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Spinello Projects (Miami, FL), Luis de Jesus Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries (SF, CA), Aeroplastics (Brussels, Belgium), The National Gallery of Art (Nassau, Bahamas), and Ping Pong (Basel, Switzerland). In April 2012, she became and founded the first artist-in-residence at the Lotus House Shelter for women and children in Overtown, Miami. She was recently named a CINTAS Foundation Fellowship finalist for 2019 in Visual art. She is represented by Spinello Projects in Miami, FL and affiliated with Luis De Jesus Gallery Los Angeles.

Wright’s work has been presented in publications including The New York Times, Artforum’s “Critics’ Picks,” Art in America, Hyperallergic, i-D, New York Magazine, Daily News, Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, and The Art Newspaper.

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EDUCATION

International Center of Photography (ICP), New York, NY, 2008.

The New School, New York, NY, 2005.

Masters in Fine Arts, Creative Writing, Poetry. Thesis: Poetry and Performance Art

University of Montana, Missoula, MT, 2002.

Bachelor of Arts, English. Emphasis Creative Writing and Literature

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022    Up and Down, Lowe Art Museum, Miami (upcoming)

2021    And so with ends comes beginnings, UNTITLED, Art Fair, special project, Miami Beach, FL

2021    Not Yet Paved, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, Florida

2021    Opposition Camp, Art Kiosk, San Francisco, CA

2021    YES/NO, Illuminate Coral Gables, FL

2020    South Florida Cultural Consortium winners’ exhibition, NSU Art Museum Ft.            Lauderdale, FL

2020    MAP, DACRA special project curated by Claire Breukel, Design District, Miami, FL

2020    It is Not Down On Any Map, Spinello Projects, Miami, FL

2019    It is Not Down On Any Map; True Places Never Are, UNTITLED, ART Fair, Miami Beach

2018    America Stands Behind Us, public artwork commission by Fringe Projects, Government Center, Miami

2018    Double Dutch #7: Hot Water, National Gallery of Art (NAGB), Nassau, Bahamas

2018    If I had to Perish Twice, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY

2017    CONTROL, Spinello Projects, Miami, FL

2017    Under the Water Was Sand, Then Rocks, Miles of Rocks, Then Fire, Luis de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2016    Under the Water Was Sand, Then Rocks, Miles of Rocks, Then Fire, Locust Projects, Miami, FL

2015    Video: Poems, The Screening Room, Miami, FL

2015    Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, Orlando Museum of Art, FL

2014    Suddenly We Jumped, Luis de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2014    You Make Me Sick: I Love You, Spinello Projects, Miami, FL

2014    Be, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, CA

2014    Copyright Infringement, Elsewhere Museum, Greensboro, NC

2012    Trading Places II, MOCA, N. Miami, FL

2012    Love on an Escalator, Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL

2011    Where All of Your Dreams Come True, Mosquera Collection, Miami, FL

2011    Are You OK?, Spinello Projects, Miami, FL

2010    A Great Disorder is An Order, 777 Gallery, Miami, FL

2009    At The Ventanita, Salon Adelphi VI, Brooklyn, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022    Are You OK?, Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna

2022    And so with ends comes beginnings, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, CA

2022    #fail, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA

2022   On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art, Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN (current)

2021    Where there is power, curated by Rene Morales, Oolite Arts, Miami Beach, FL

2021    Natural Transcendence, curated by Rhonda Mirtrani, Oolite Arts, Miami Beach, FL

2021    Artists + Identity: Portraiture, Performance, Doppelgangers and Disguise, Art and Culture Center,  FL

2020    Infinite Seed, curated by GOOD TO KNOW.FYI + Jess Hodin Levy, Bhumi Farms, NY

2020    Grounded, Spinello Projects, Miami, FL

2019    Counter-Landscapes: Performative Actions from 1970s – now, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ

2019    Faena Festival: The Last Supper, LED Billboard Boat, 34th and Miami Beach

2019    GOOD TO KNOW presents WE BUY GOLD, Mana Contemporary, Miami, FL

2019    The Havana Biennial 2019, Detrás del Muro, curated by Juan Delgado and Luis Enrique Padrón Pérez

2019    Cantos Comunes, Blockhouse, Havana, Cuba curated by Diaz Lewis

2019    IKT Miami, ARTiculating Sustainability, Pérez Art Museum (PAMM), Miami

2019    Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, Portland Museum of Art

2019    I Scream, Therefore I Exist screened at 10 Times Square Billboard (10TS) NY, NY

2018    Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL

2018    On Archipelagos and Other Imaginaries–, Creative Time Summit, Miami

2018    La NO Comunidad, CentroCentro, Curated by Blanca de la Torre and Ricardo Ramón Jarne, Madrid, Spain

2018    10,000 Fahrenheit, San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries (SFAC Galleries), SF, CA

2018   Women Who Stand on the Sun, Lotus Village, permanent installation at the homeless shelter facility, Miami, FL

2017    Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, Pacific Standard Time, Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, CA

2017    Count/Recount: Feminist Film and Video, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

2017   On The Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Art Collection, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL, organized by Tobias Ostrander

2017    Body Language: Figuration in Modern and Contemporary Art, Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ

2017    The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT

2016    Energy Charge: Connecting to Ana Mendieta, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ

2016    La suspensión del deseo, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba

2016    Youniverse, Apexart, New York, NY

2016    Working Worlds, LIA, Leipzig, Germany, Curated by Anna-Louise Rolland

2015    Auto Body, Faena Art Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2015    Projector Unicorn, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY

2014    Auto Body, Spinello Projects, Miami, FL

2014    The Remarkable Lightness of Being, Aeroplastics, Brussels, Belgium

2014    Ping Pong, Projektraum M54, Basel, Switzerland

2014    Between You and Me, Vanity Projects, New York, NY, curated by Grela Orihuela

2014    Plastic(o) Fantastic(o), Central Bank of the Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas

2013    Suddenly We Jumped, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, FL.

2013    Deep Water Horizon, Site95, Hillyer Art Space, Washington, D.C.

2012    Inside the Moment, Crane Art Space, Philadelphia, PA

2012    Perfect Lovers, White Box Gallery, New York, NY

2012    New Exhibition, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami, FL

2011    MOCA Optic Nerve XIII Finalists, The De la Cruz Collection and MOCA, N. Miami, FL

2011    The Martin Hadley Fisher Collection: Syntax, Tampa Museum of Art, FL

2011    Obstacle, The Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, NY, curated by William and Steven Ladd

2010    Base Paint, shelters painted by international artists for children in Haiti, Cite Soleil, Haiti, L’Athletique d’Haiti

2010    Heart Happening, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami, FL

2009    I’m Starting to Realize Sleep is a Metaphor for Everything, Sleepless Nights Art Festival, Miami Beach, FL

2009    Hope Blossoms, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami, FL

2009    The Nature of Things, The Cisneros Foundation, Miami, FL

2008    The Art Under the Bridge Festival, D.U.M.B.O. Art Center, Brooklyn, NY

2008    You Make Me Sick, Envoy Gallery, New York, NY

2008    Slideluck Potshow XII, McCarren Park Pool, Brooklyn, NY

2008    Reflect, International Center of Photography Gallery, New York, NY

AWARDS

2022    Miami Individual Artist (MIA) Stipend Award, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

2021    CINTAS Foundation Fellowship finalist awarded to artists of Cuban heritage

2020    Winner, The Ellies Creator Award, Oolite Arts

2020    Winner, 2020 South Florida Cultural Consortium Grant

2019    CINTAS Foundation Fellowship finalist awarded to artists of Cuban heritage

2019    Oolite Arts Direct Support For Artists Grant

2018    Wavemaker Grant Recipient Award

2017    Best Artist of 2017, The Miami New Times

2017    Winner, Village Voice Media, MasterMind Genius Grant

2016    Ernst & Young Artist Award, Grant, Leipzig, Germany

2015    Dialogues in Cuban Art, Grant, Havana, Cuba, Miami, FL

2015    Finalist, Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, Orlando Museum of Art, FL

2012    MOCA Optic Nerve XIII Finalist, MOCA, N. Miami, FL

COMMISSIONS

2021    MAP, #fail, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA

2021    Opposition Camp, Art Kiosk, San Francisco, CA

2021    YES/NO, Illuminate Coral Gables, FL

2020    MAP, DACRA site-specific project curated by Claire Breukel, Design District, Miami, FL

2016    Locust Projects Open Call for Artist’s Exhibition Proposals

2014    Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Contemporary Art Commission

RESIDENCIES

2022     The Pittsburgh Glass Center (upcoming)

2018-2013    Plastic(o) Fantastic(o), New Providence, Bahamas, International artist collective and residency in which Wright is a founding member.

2016    Leipzig International Art Program, Leipzig, Germany

2015    Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY

2012    Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC

2010    ArtCenter South Florida, Residency, Miami Beach, FL

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“When Flying the Flag causes Consternation,” The Art Newspaper, December 4, 2019.

Sanfillippo, Amanda, ‘Creative Times Summit will explore art’s ability to transform our world.’ Miami Herald,

November 1, 2018.

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Morgenstern, Hans. “Antonia Wright’s Control is so Intense, Waivers have to be signed.” Miami New Times, Dec 4, 2017

Cohen, Alina. Your Must-See Art Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach “Beware flying barricades at Little Haiti’s Spinello

Projects, where local artist Antonia Wright meditates on protest and provocation”.  The Observer, Nov. 29, 2017

Best of Miami, “Best Artist: Antonia Wright,” Miami New Times, 2017.

“US-Born Cuban- 6 Artists to Watch: Antonia Wright,” Cuban Art News, August 8, 2017.

Mizota, Sharon. “Antonia Wright pulls a disappearing act at Luis De Jesus,” Los Angeles Times, February, 1, 2017.

Mcdermon, Daniel. “Re-enacting a Childhood Trauma on Video. For Art.” The New York Times, September 17, 2016.

Carney, Sean J. Patrick. “First Look.” Art in America, September 2016.

Martin, Lydia. “Multimedia Master Antonia Wright and the Art of Risk,” The Miami Herald, September 17, 2016.

Tosone, Austen. “Artist Antonia Wright on Reclaiming Memory Through Art,” NYLON. September 8, 2016.

Goyanes, Rob. “Poem: Videos at the Screening Room,” Temporary Art Review, July 24, 2015.

Ryzik, Melena. “Art is a Splash, Grand and Tiny, in Miami.” The New York Times, 05 December, 5, 2014.

Patel, Alpesh Kantilal, “Critics’ Picks for Antonia Wright’s You Make Me Sick: I Love You,” ARTFORUM June 2014

Granger, Bryan.  “Antonia Wright’s You Make Me Sick: I Love You,” DailyServing, April 9, 2015.

Peters, Kate. “The State of the Book: Antonia Wright and Ruben Millares,” The Miami Rail. Fall 2013.

Gottlieb, Shirlie. “Editorial Features: Antonia Wright,” Visual Art Source, June 2012.

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Moskovitz, Diana. “Standing on the sun: Artist profiles homeless women of Miami’s Lotus House,” Miami Herald, Visual Arts, April 2012.

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