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The Absence of Place installation included 180 present-day photographs of places in Miami that no longer exist, but where memories were created. The pictures were printed on yellow cardstock, wrapped in plastic bags and hung on a wall of a building slated for demolition

Engaged Projects

  • Reclamation Project” – Rebuilding ecosystems above and below the waterline by reforesting South Florida’s coastline with mangroves (presented by the Frost Art Museum which used the project to launch their MUVE program, Miami, FL)
  • Absence of Place” – Responding to Miami’s ongoing metamorphosis and meditating on art and life amid an environment in flux (organized by the Miami Art Museum, supported by MAM’s Annual Exhibition Fund, Miami, FL).

Public Art Commissions

  • 18-mile Stretch,” North Key Largo Fire Station, Monroe County Art in Public Places, Key Largo, FL


  • 2006-2007 NSF (National Science Foundation) Antarctic Artists and Writers Fellowship, McMurdo Station and South Pole Station, Antarctica

Group Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions


  • 2006 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program
  • 2006 Child Welfare League of America Champions for Children Award

Events, Lectures, Installations and Presentations

  • History of Disabilities:  Xavier Cortada delivered a lecture and Powerpoint presentation (featuring Disability-focused art projects he’s created) to medical/graduate students and faculty, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Mailman Center for Child Development, Miami, FL
    January 13, 2006 @ noon.
  • Martin Luther King Day Celebration of Service:  Xavier Cortada led Hands on Miami volunteers in the painting of the Color Field, a pubic art  project designed by the artist across four city blocks under Miami’s I-95 bridge (from SW 4th to  8th Street)
    January 14, 2006
  • Bath House Cultural Center’s 12th Annual EL CORAZON ART EXHIBITION (group show)
    February 11- March , 4, 2006
  • Mangroves, a solo exhibit at the Artel Gallery located at 505 South Adams Street in Pensacola, FL
    February 17, 2006
  • Xavier Cortada will travel to Washington, D.C. to receive the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA2006 Champion of Children Award.
    February 27, 2006 
  • Xavier Cortada will paint a collaborative mural at the 2006 Global Gathering Music Festival, Bicentennial Park, Miami, FL.
    March 18, 2006,
  • Five Flags/Florida,” the art created by Xavier Cortada for the 2006 Florida Heritage Month poster, will be unveiled at the Florida Heritage Month Gala in Tallahassee, FL.
    March 29, 2006 
  • Bass Museum of Art presents The Reclamation Project by Xavier Cortada. Earth Day, Opening Reception at the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach Fl. 
  • Miami In Transition: Xavier Cortada’s Absence of Place to be exhibited in the MIAMI ART MUSEUM. Plaza Level Gallery
    April 28 – October 29, 2006
  • The Reclamation Project: For a few months, mangrove seedlings will “reclaim” the island where they thrived just a few decades ago. Afterwards, the seedlings will be planted along Biscayne Bay.
  • Xavier Cortada & teens to create the “House of Cards” at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
    May 13, 2006 (Teen Day)
  • Absence of Place: Views from Readers — This installation is inspired by The Miami Herald reader’s response to Absence of Place, an art piece by Xavier Cortada on exhibit at the Miami Art Museum (MAM) through October 29, 2006.
    June 5th – June 30th, 2006. 
  • Xavier Cortada will unveil “Allapattah” mural  in the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus Auditorium.  The 20-foot long mural was created with students from three local high schools and will be permanently installed in the City of Miami Allapattah NET Office.  The collaborative mural project was organized by the Office of Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and the Mayor’s Youth Council.
    August 2, 2006 @ 7pm 
  • Xavier Cortada will deliver a Keynote address and unveil the official poster of the 9th Annual National Community Health Workers / Promotores Conference at the Hyatt Regency Islandia in San Diego, California.
    August 24, 2006
  • Xavier Cortada will create collaborative art with kids at the American Cancer Society, Florida Division’s Families (Reaching Out to Cancer Kids) ROCK Weekend at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Orlando, FL.
    September 1-3, 2006 
  • Collection of Mangrove Seedlings at Bear Cut Preserve
    September 14, 2006 – October 22, 2006
  • A WELL-KEPT SECRET: 40 YEARS OF COLLECTING: Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Nevelson, Claus Oldenburg, Joseph Beuys, Jean DuBuffet, Keith Haring, Alexander Calder, Christo, David Hockney and others. Centre Gallery at the MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave, Building 1(3rd floor), Miami, FL. 
    October 10 – November 10, 2006
  • Xavier Cortada’s Heron painting will be presented to Mrs. Columba Bush, the First Lady of Florida as part of Florida’s Hispanic Heritage Month festivities. Mission San Luis de Apalachee dates from 1656. The western capital of the Spanish Mission system in La Florida, it was one of more than 100 mission settlements established in Spanish Florida during the 16th and 17th centuries. The painting will be on permanent display in the Mission San Luisvisitor’s center.
    October 7, 2006
  • Plural Miami, a group show curated by Antonio Zaya at the World Arts Building, 2214 N. Miami Avenue, Miami, FL. 
  • The Markers will be on exhibit at the Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium through December 11, 2006. In January 2007, the artist will plant the installation’s flags in the South Pole. Cortada is traveling to Antarctica through his National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program fellowship.
    December 11, 2006