International artist exhibits in Miami
The show consists of a selection of Cortadas most recent work. It includes pieces from the Torso series, from a mixed media series that incorporates "found" photographs and portraits, and a homage to Francis Bacon.
"As a lifelong Miamian, Im happy to exhibit here at home," says Cortada, "especially in a venue like the Area Stage Theater which has done so much to support the arts locally." The artist recently returned from Peru, where he had a one-man show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cuzco. Cortada will be going to Bolivia in October where he has two solo museum shows, one in the capital La Paz, and another in Santa Cruz.
Cortada is a Cuban-American artist who combines talent with concern for social and political issues such as racism, human rights, sexuality, AIDS, and Cuba. Cortadas paintings have been seen on four continents, with exhibits in museums and galleries in Washington, D.C., New York (SoHo), San Antonio, Berkeley, Madrid, Johannesburg, Mauritius, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Peru, and other places. He was the first foreign artist to exhibit in Soweto after the end of Apartheid. Cortada has also created a series of participant-driven murals commissioned by groups such as HBO, the Indiana Governors Office, MADD, and the Metro-Dade Cultural Affairs Council.