Miami artist Xavier Cortada created art installations at the North Pole and South Pole to address environmental concerns at every point in between. He’s been commissioned to create art for the White
House, the World Bank, Miami City Hall, Miami-Dade County Hall, Florida Botanical Gardens, the Miami Art Museum, Museum of Florida History, Miami Science Museum and the Frost Art Museum.
Cortada has also developed numerous collaborative art projects globally, including peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama, AIDS murals in Geneva and South Africa, and eco-art projects in Taiwan, Holland, Hawaii and Latvia.
Corporations such as General Mills, Nike, Heineken and Hershey’s have commissioned Cortada’s art. Publishers like McDougal and Random House have featured his art in school textbooks and publications. His work has also been featured in National Geographic TV and the Discovery Channel.
Cortada often collaborates with scientists in his art-making. He is currently working with scientists at Hubbard Brook LTER on a water cycle visualization project driven by real-time data collected at a watershed in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
At Florida International University, where he serves as Artist-in-Residence for the College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA), Cortada is collaborating with Florida Coastal Everglades LTER scientists in using the diatoms they study to engage Miami Beach residents and elected officials in addressing sea level rise in the century to come.
Cortada, who was born in Albany, New York and grew up in Miami. He holds degrees from the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Business and School of Law.