KALAÑA

Latex paint on concrete wall

Variable dimensions.

2015

 

—BIO—

SOFIA MALDONADO

Born in Puerto Rico, 1984.

Lives and works between Puerto Rico & New York

Sofia Maldonado’s work deconstructs the barrier between murals, public art and social engagement projects. In 2012, the artist’s changing views and perspective on urban landscapes prompts her to move her art studio to Puerto Rico. Her visual language opens a dialogue about space defined by color, abstraction and human interaction. She conceptualizes empty structures as gigantic canvases that can be transformed by a vigorous painting process and luscious colors.

 

Cromática: Caguas, one of her major projects, explores the use of new painting techniques, applies innovative curatorial ideas and conceives artistic collaborations.  It has provided the blueprint for her new direction. In this project she featured the piece Kalaña, a post-medium expression that took over a former tobacco warehouse to explore the possibility of transforming an abandoned structure into a public art project. The warehouse became a live art piece that performed as an educational space for workshops, documentary screenings, talks and concerts. This pilot initiative seeks to reactivate unused spaces through and for the arts.

Maldonado holds an M.F.A from Pratt Institute (2008), is a recipient of the Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant, was a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center Residency, and at La Práctica at Beta- Local, Puerto Rico. Youth movements, such as skateboarding, influenced her earlier works and allowed her to create numerous community projects in New York along with The Bronx Museum, Times Square Alliance, Groundswell Community Mural Project, No Longer Empty and many others. Real Arts Ways and Foundation for Puerto Rico had funded important public projects by the artist as well.


Her first solo museum exhibition took place at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Puerto Rico (2012). She has also exhibited at the Museum of Art and Design and El Museo del Barrio, New York, The Kentucky Museum of Art  and  Craft,  The  Ringling  Museum, in Sarasota,  10th  Havana Biennial, in Cuba, The Modern Art Atlantic Centre, Spain, El Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, and at the 1st Biennale de Asunción.

 

—CV—

SOFIA MALDONADO

Born in Puerto Rico, 1984.

Lives and works between Puerto Rico & New York

Education

2008 M.F.A. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York (NY)

2006 B.F.A Escuela de Artes Plasticas, San Juan, Puerto Rico  (PR)

2002 Sculpture and Installation Seminar, School of Visual Arts, NY

 

Residencies / Grants

2015 La Práctica Residency, Beta Local, San Juan, PR

2015 Fits Art Foundation Residency, Dorado, PR

2013 Caribbean Link II, Ateliers 89’, Oranjestad, Aruba

2012 Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant, LMCC, NY

2010 Cuban Artist Fund, Chashama, Studio Program, NY

2009 Vermont Studios Center Residency Fellowship, VT

 

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Dorado a Color y el Proyecto Kalaña, Arte Fist Foundation, Dorado, PR

2014 Into Gray, Magnan Metz Gallery, NY

2013 B.O.Y, Nepenthes New York, NY

2012 Fever: Tropical Nostagias & Urban Anxieties in Sofia Maldonado, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, PR

2011 (R)AMPED, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI

2010 Letargo: Tinta y Sangre, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR

Concrete Jungle Divas, Magnan Metz Gallery, New York, NY

Bling Bling, Witzenhausen Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

42nd Street Project, Times Square Alliance, Public Art Project, NY

2009 Skate My Patria, Taller Puertorriqueño, Philadelphia, PA

2008 Project Room, Pinta Art Fair, New York, NY

2007 The Tropical Storm, Magnan Metz Gallery, New York, NY

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 Frescos, Universidad Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, PR

2015 Groundswell Mural Arts Gala Benefit, at Colossal Media Studios, Brooklyn, NY

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Gala Anniversary, San Juan, PR

No Longer Empty Gala Anniversary, Brooklyn, NY

2014 NYC to Tehran, Seyhoun Art Gallery, Iran

Outside-Inside, Tabla Raza Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Nu-Yo-Rican, El Centro, Hunter College, NY

Destination Unknow, Magnan Metz Gallery, New York, NY

 Art Album, Castle Fitzjohns Gallery, New York, NY

2013 Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Nu-Yo-Ri-Can, Hunter College, Manhattan, NY

Caribbean Link II, Ateliers 89’, Oranjestad, Aruba

Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design, Museum of Art and Design, NY

On Painting, Modern Art Atlantic Centre (CAAM), Gran Canaria, Spain

2012 Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft & Design, Mint Museum, NC

This Side of Paradise, No Longer Empty, Bronx, NY

Into the Mix, The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, KY

 

2011 SFiles Biennial of El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY

Beyond Bling, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

Diasporas, University of Puerto Rico, Reciento de Rio Piedras, PR

2010 The Art of Basket Ball, NBA Cares, Miami, FL

Eames Inspirations, Barneys, New York, NY

2009 The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, Queens Museum of Art, NY

Synesthesia, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

Hybridity, SomArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

2008 V Certamen de Pintura Diputación de Castellón, Spain

En Sus Marcas, Institiuto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, PR

Real Arts Public, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

Graphopoli, Urban Art Biennial, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR

Skate My Patria, 10th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba

 

Public Art Projects

2016 Cromática: Caguas a Color, Independent Project, Caguas, PR

2014 1st Mural Biennale of Puerto Rico, Musum of  Contemporary Art & Foundation form Puerto Rico

2013 Groundswell Community Mural and NeON, Jamaica, Queens, NY

Groundswell Community Mural, Queens,NY

Bronx Museum Biennale, with Cre8tiveYouth Mural, Bronx, NY

Cre8tiveYouth Mural Vol. II, New York, NY

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de PR,  Hotel Caribe Hilton, Puerto Rico,

2012 Los Muros Hablan, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, San Juan, PR

Artist in Residence, Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD

Into the Mix, The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Kentuky

2011 Art Miami Fair, Florida,

2010 Payne Skate Park, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

42nd Street Project, Times Square Alliance, Public Art Project, NY

2009   Skate My Patria, 10th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba

Graphopoli, Urban Art Biennial, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR

2008  Real Arts Public, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

 

Selected Books

Carlo McCormick, (2010). Fever: Nostalgias Tropicales Y Ansiedades Urbanas En Sofia Maldonado

Dawud  Knuckles, (2014).The Art Album

Yoav Litvin (2014). Outdoor Gallery.

Lowery Sims, (2012). Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft, and Design.

Matthew McLendon, (2011). Beyond Bling: Voices of Hip Hop in Art.

Celina Nogueras Cuevas, (2011). Frescos: 50 Puerto Rican Artists under 35

 

2016 | C.V. | She is currently a professor at La Escuela de Artes Plasticas in San Juan, PR.

—PROJECTS—

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—CONTACT—

info@sofiasstudio.com

 

SOFIA MALDONADO STUDIO

700 Miramar Ave

San Juan, PR 00909

Puerto Rico

SOFIAMALDONADO .COM

Education

2008 M.F.A. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York

2006 B.F.A Escuela de Artes Plasticas, San Juan, Puerto Rico  (PR)

2002 Sculpture and Installation Seminar, School of Visual Arts, NY

 

Residencies / Grants

2015 La Práctica Residency, Beta Local, San Juan, PR

2015 Fist Art Foundation Residency, Dorado, PR

2013 Caribbean Link II, Ateliers 89’, Oranjestad, Aruba

2012 Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant, LMCC, NY

2010 Cuban Artist Fund, Chashama, Studio Program, NY

2009 Vermont Studios Center Residency Fellowship, VT

 

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Dorado a Color y el Proyecto Kalaña, Arte Fist Foundation, Dorado, PR

2014 Into Gray, Magnan Metz Gallery, New York

2013 B.O.Y, Nepenthes New York, New York

2012 Fever: Tropical Nostagias & Urban Anxieties in Sofia Maldonado, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, PR

2011 (R)AMPED, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI

2010 Letargo: Tinta y Sangre, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR

Concrete Jungle Divas, Magnan Metz Gallery, New York, NY

Bling Bling, Witzenhausen Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

42nd Street Project, Times Square Alliance, Public Art Project, NY

2009 Skate My Patria, Taller Puertorriqueño, Philadelphia, PA

2008 Project Room, Pinta Art Fair, New York, NY

2007 The Tropical Storm, Magnan Metz Gallery, New York, NY

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 Frescos, Universidad Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, PR

2015 Groundswell Mural Arts Gala Benefit, at Colossal Media Studios, Brooklyn, NY

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Gala Anniversary, San Juan, PR

No Longer Empty Gala Anniversary, Brooklyn, NY

2014 NYC to Tehran, Seyhoun Art Gallery, Iran

Outside-Inside, Tabla Raza Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Nu-Yo-Rican, El Centro, Hunter College, NY

Destination Unknow, Magnan Metz Gallery, New York, NY

 Art Album, Castle Fitzjohns Gallery, New York, NY

2013 Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale

Nu-Yo-Ri-Can, Hunter College, Manhattan, NY

Caribbean Link II, Ateliers 89’, Oranjestad, Aruba

Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design, Museum of Art and Design, NY

On Painting, Modern Art Atlantic Centre (CAAM), Gran Canaria, Spain

2012 Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft & Design, Mint Museum, NC

This Side of Paradise, No Longer Empty, Bronx, NY

Into the Mix, The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, KY

2011 SFiles Biennial of El Museo del Barrio, New York

Beyond Bling, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

Diasporas, University of Puerto Rico, Reciento de Rio Piedras, PR

2010 The Art of Basket Ball, NBA Cares, Miami, FL

Eames Inspirations, Barneys, New York, NY

2009 The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, Queens Museum of Art, NY

Synesthesia, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

Hybridity, SomArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

2008 V Certamen de Pintura Diputación de Castellón, Spain

En Sus Marcas, Institiuto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, PR

Real Arts Public, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

Graphopoli, Urban Art Biennial, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR

Skate My Patria, 10th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba

 

Public Art Projects

2016 Cromática: Caguas a Color, Independent Project, Caguas, PR

2014 1st Mural Biennale of Puerto Rico, Musum of  Contemporary Art & Foundation form Puerto Rico

2013 Groundswell Community Mural and NeON, Jamaica, Queens ,NY

Groundswell Community Mural, Queens,NY

Bronx Museum Biennale, with Cre8tiveYouth Mural, Bronx, NY

Cre8tiveYouth Mural Vol. II, New York, Ny

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de PR,  Hotel Caribe Hilton, Puerto Rico,

2012 Los Muros Hablan, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, San Juan, PR

Artist in Residence, Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD

Into the Mix, The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Kentuky

2011 Art Miami Fair, Florida,

2010 Payne Skate Park, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

42nd Street Project, Times Square Alliance, Public Art Project, NY

2009   Skate My Patria, 10th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba

Graphopoli, Urban Art Biennial, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR

2008  Real Arts Public, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

 

Selected Books

Carlo McCormick, (2010). Fever: Nostalgias Tropicales Y Ansiedades Urbanas En Sofia Maldonado

Dawud  Knuckles, (2014).The Art Album

Yoav Litvin (2014). Outdoor Gallery.

Lowery Sims, (2012). Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft, and Design.

Matthew McLendon, (2011). Beyond Bling: Voices of Hip Hop in Art.

Celina Nogueras Cuevas, (2011). Frescos: 50 Puerto Rican Artists under 35

 

2016 | C.V. | She is currently a professor at

La Escuela de Artes Plasticas in San Juan, PR.