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Xavier Cortada, recipient of a 2006-2007 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers fellowship, traveled to Antarctica to implement a series of projects and installations. While there, the Miami artist created “ice paintings” using sea ice, glacier and sediment samples provided to him by scientists working in Antarctica. The artist titled the works on paper by randomly selecting the names of geographic features from a map of the continent that inspired their creation.
Antarctic Sea Ice series
Western Antarctic Ice Sheet series
Florida Governor Charlie Crist and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger accept Antarctic "ice paintings" from artist Xavier Cortada at the Florida Summit on Global Climate Change in Miami on July 13, 2007.
Antarctic Ice Paintings are available for $2500 each. Please confirm availability with artist prior to purchasing the art piece.
Cortada's work has been shown across the Americas, Europe, Africa and
Antarctica and locally in the Miami Art Museum, the Miami Museum of
Science & Planetarium and the Bass Museum of Art. The Miami artist has
been commissioned to create art for the White House, the Florida Supreme
Court, Miami City Hall, the Museum of Florida History and the Amundsen-Scott
South Pole Station.
Cortada's work is also in the permanent collection of The World Bank.