Artwork by Xavier Cortada on Display

Florida Department of State

April 1, 2005


Tallahassee, FLORIDA – Secretary of State Glenda E. Hood announced today an exhibition of
paintings and works on paper by Miami artist Xavier Cortada. The exhibition entitled “Mangroves” will
be on display in the Capitol’s 22nd Floor Gallery from April 4, 2005 through June 3, 2005.

“We are delighted to host an exhibition of works by Xavier Cortada,” said Secretary Hood. “His bold
works are truly reflective of his Cuban-American heritage — such a significant part of our state’s

Xavier Cortada’s Cuban roots are immediately evident in his tropical palette and expressive style. Like
many other Florida artists, Cortada has been drawn to the beauty of South Florida’s nature since he
was a young child. “Nature can transport us, not just to another place, but to another time. It reminds us
of what was here before all the concrete was poured,” says Cortada. “As generations and growth
transform Miami, we as a people are grounded by nature, the one constant in this ever changing and
wonderful city.” The mangrove, and its tangled roots which appear to walk on water, is one of Cortada’s
favorite subject matters. He uses the mangrove, a vitally important coastal plant, as a metaphor in his
work for the growth and evolution of the state of Florida.

Well-known for his collaborative public artwork, Xavier Cortada has previously completed commissions
for the White House, the World Bank, and numerous other organizations. Working directly with diverse
groups across the world, Cortada has produced numerous large-scale murals and community art
projects. In February 2000, invited by the Holy See, Cortada traveled to the Vatican to participate in the
Jubilee Day for Artists and meet Pope John Paul II. Cortada holds three degrees from the University of
Miami – a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Public Administration and Juris Doctor.

This exhibition is part of the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs’ Capitol Complex
Exhibition Program.