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.
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
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
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
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
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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