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Xavier Cortada on sea level rise for the Miami Herald (photographed by Nick Garcia).

Engaged Projects

  • Underwater HOA” – Providing a platform for community conversation on our rising seas (in collaboration with the Village of Pinecrest and local high schools, Pinecrest, FL).
  • Democracy Garden” – Transforming old political signs into messages announcing personal action steps to build a more perfect Union (in collaboration with FIU Honors College Students, Pinecrest, FL).
  • Shit Show” – Engaging South Florida community members in addressing the degradation of their beaches (in partnership with the Miami Waterkeeper and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, Key Biscayne, FL).

Public Art Commissions


  • 2011-2018 Florida International University Artist-in-Residence, Miami, FL

  • 2017-2022 Pinecrest Gardens Artist-in-Residence (Artist’s Studio), Pinecrest, FL

Group Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

  • Underwater HOA, “Antarctic Ice Paintings: Global Coastlines” and “Underwater HOA,” Hibiscus Gallery, Pinecrest FL
  • In Search of the Higgs Boson, “In Search of the Higgs Boson,” Museum at Prairiefire, Overland Park, KS
  • Endangered World: Biscayne National Park and 80.15 W, “80.15 W,” Hibiscus Gallery, Pinecrest, FL
  • 90N, “Arctic Ice Paintings,” “Native Flags,” “Endangered World,” “Longitudinal Installation,” and “North Pole Dinner Party,” Creative Pinellas, Largo, FL 
  • Epoch, “Epoch” series, Artistree Gallery’s Cuban Cultural Festival, South Pomfret, VT
  • Water Paintings, “Water Paintings,” Artistree Gallery’s Cuban Cultural Festival, South Pomfret, VT 
  • {in water}, “{in water},” “Diatom,” and “Diatom Court,” Hibiscus Gallery, Pinecrest, FL
  • Water Paintings, “Water Paintings,” Hibiscus Gallery, Pinecrest, FL
  • Florida is…, “Florida is… Nature” and “Endangered World,” The Frank C. Ortis Art Gallery & Exhibit Hall, Pembroke Pines, FL


  • Field to Palette, pp.253-270
    Rustad, Lindsey & Cortada, Xavier & Quinn, Marty & Hallett, Torrin. (2018). The Waterviz for Hubbard Brook. 10.1201/b22355-25.



  • March – The Frank on March 2018
  • April – Cosmos Art + Science
  • June – Xavier Cortada named 2018 Herald Influencer
  • June – 90N Exhibit, June 28, 2018
  • August – Endangered World Exhibition
  • August – NYT features Cortada’s Climate Art
  • September – Cortada studio opening!
  • October – Cortada featured on BBC
  • November – Cortada Miami Herald Op-Ed
  • December – Season’s Greetings! 2018

Events, Lectures, Installations and Presentations