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Xavier Cortada presents “First Encounter” and “The Incorporators” to City of Miami’s City Hall.

Engaged Projects

  • Hunger Exists Here for the Congressional Hunger Center” – Representing the ideas, emotions, and experiences of the 11th Class of Emerson National Hunger Fellows on hunger and poverty (sponsored by the Congressional Hunger Center, Washington, D.C.).
  • We’re in the Same Boat” – Looking into the cultures of Miami’s diverse communities by sharing the stories, drawings, photos and poems of Hispanic and Hatian senior citizens (Miami, FL).
  • Protecting America’s Children (CWLA)” – Amplifying the voices of IDEA School students and concerned citizens nationwide about the issue of child abuse and neglect and violence prevention (commissioned by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), Washington, D.C.).

Public Art Commissions

Group Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2005 Mangroves (featuring: Mangrove roots paintings), Miami-Dade College North Campus Gallery, Miami, FL
  • 2005 Mangroves (featuring: Mangrove roots paintings), Capitol Complex Exhibitions: Capitol Gallery (22nd Floor), Tallahassee, FL


  • 2005 Hands-On Miami, The Chair’s Award

Events, Lectures, Installations and Presentations

  • Honorable Chairman Joe A. Martinez, Members of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners  & The Miami-Dade Community Relations Board present the unveiling of Our Community (is like a Mangrove Forest) a site-specific mural by Miami artist Xavier Cortada in the foyer of the County Commission Chambers 111 NW 1st Street, 2nd Floor, Miami, FL 33128
    January 6, 2005  
  • City of Miami and Hands on Miami present the Miami Mangrove Forest by Xavier Cortada a public art project created with the help of Hands on Miami volunteers. Special project exhibit during OMNIART 2: The Neighborhood as a Work of Art a large scale urban intervention during Art Miami 2005 
    January 7, 2005 
  • Miami-Dade College North Campus unveiling “We’re in the Same Boat,” mural by Xavier Cortada commissioned by Hands on Miami.
    March 7, 2005
  • The National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association, Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) & Voices For Children Foundation in collaboration with renowned artist Xavier Cortada, has introduced an art program to help build self esteem for children in the foster care system.
  • The Road to Hope Tour will travel 5,636 miles to 25 colleges and universities to educate students about HIV/AIDS. As part of this AIDS awareness campaign, Miami artist Xavier Cortada will create a national message mural receiving input from students at each tour stop.
    Spring 2005
  • Division of Cultural Affairs presents Mangroves a solo exhibit by Xavier Cortada in the Capitol Gallery 22nd Floor, Florida Capitol, Tallahassee, FL. 
    April 4 – June 3, 2005
  • Xavier Cortada to create “Reach for the Stars” mural during “S.T.A.R.S.” Conference, aimed at helping kids with disabilities and their families
    April 9, 2005
  • Unveiling of the “Protecting America’s Children: A national message mural” at CWLA’s (Child Welfare League of America) Children’s Memorial Flag Initiative, a public awareness campaign to direct attention to the tragedy of violent child deaths as part of a national initiative to reduce child mortality. Washington, D.C.
    April 22, 2005
  • International Arts Partnership Forum: Co-hosted by First Lady Columba Bush and Secretary of State Glenda E. Hood, the forum’s goal is to discuss current successful models of international cultural exchange projects and to create cultural exchanges among the countries represented. Attendees will come from Colombia, Mexico, Japan, Washington, DC, Texas, Atlanta and from all over Florida. Miami artist Xavier Cortada is to serve as one of four forum panelists.
    June 7, 2005
  • The Art of Acculturation, a presentation by Cuban-American artist Xavier Cortada at the Artel Art Gallery (www.artelgallery.org), Pensacola, FL.
    July 19, 2005
  • Unveiling of City Hall Murals: “First Encounter: 1566”  and “The Incorporators: 1896,”  City of Miami, FL.
     July 28, 2005
  • Creation of Congressional Hunger Center’s Hunger Exists Here collaborative mural, Washington, D.C.
     July 29-30, 2005
  • Keynote address and unveiling the official poster for the 8th Annual National Promotoras Conference in Phoenix, AZ.
    August 25, 2005
  • Creation of collaborative art with kids at the American Cancer Society, Florida Division’s Families ROCK Weekend at Disney’s Yacht Club, Orlando, FL.
    September 2-4, 2005
  • This year’s cover artwork was created especially for Festival Miami 2005 by Xavier Cortada, a renowned Miami artist and UM law school alumnus. The stunning cover presents a bold and colorful blend of musical instruments set adrift against playful waves and deep blue sky.
    September 24, 2005
  • Keynote address and mural unveiling at the National Sexual Assault Conference: A National Conference on Sexual Violence Prevention and Intervention, Pittsburg, PA.
    September 28, 2005
  • Xavier Cortada will work with patients at the University of Miami Children’s Cancer Clinic to create a collaborative mural, Miami, FL.
    October 4, 17, and 24, 2005
  • Announcement of the Governor Jeb Bush’s Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Winner (Xavier Cortada served as one of three judges for the Elementary School essays), Bongo’s Cafe, Miami, FL.
    October 12, 2005
  • Mangroves a solo exhibit by Xavier Cortada. MDC’s North Campus in the North Gallery, 11380 NW 27 Avenue, Building 5000
    October 14, 2005 @ 7-9 p.m.
  • Arts and the Community, a presentation by Cuban-American artist Xavier Cortada to students in the Masters in Interdisciplinary Education program at Nova South Eastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
    October 15, 2005
  • Xavier Cortada is to be honored at the Theodore R. Gibson Memorial Fund Annual Dinner, J. W. Marriott Hotel, 1109 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL.
    October 16, 2005
  • Nuestra Cultura, a Hispanic Heritage Month Presentation by Xavier Cortada to students at Miami-Dade County Public School’s Lindsey Hopkins Adult Education Center, Miami, FL.
    October 26, 2005
  • Xavier Cortada to show work at the La Calavera Art Exhibit. The City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs and The Ice House Cultural Center present the group show from October 29,through November 26, 2005 at The Ice House Cultural Center in Oak Cliff (1004 W. Page Street, Dallas, TX 75208).
    October 29 – November 26, 2005
  • Mangroves a solo exhibit by Xavier Cortada. Miami Dade College North Campus in the North Art Gallery, 11380 NW 27 Ave., Building 5000.
    December 1, 2005
  • ABSENCE OF PLACE by Xavier Cortada on exhibit at 1232 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL.
    December 2, 2005
  • Plural Miami group show curated by Antonio Zaya.  World Arts Building, 2214 N. Miami Avenue, Miami, FL. For more info, click here.
    December 3, 2005
  • Color Field Painting: Xavier Cortada will serve as Artistic Director of several Hands on Miami Day volunteer-driven mural projects, including Color Field where hundreds of volunteers will join the artist in painting the 149 columns holding up 1-95 from the edge of the Miami River to S.W. 8th Street in solid colors.  The artist will also lead volunteers in  the creation of murals at Miami Senior High School and the Northern Bank of the 27th Avenue Bridge at the Miami River.
    December 3, 2005