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Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation

The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) is proud to announce the CIFO 2012 Grants & Commissions Program Recipients. As it is customary, the winners will also be part of the annual exhibition dedicated to the foundation's grants programs at the CIFO Art Space this September after which the works will become part of CIFO’s Grants & Commissions Program Collection (CIFO Collection).  Becoming part of CIFO’s Collection represents a unique opportunity for artists to garner additional visibility through collaborations and relationships that CIFO has with curators and institutions.

CIFO’s Grants and Commissions Programs offer opportunities to emerging and mid-career contemporary artists from Latin America to develop and present new work and provide them with a unique platform to present projects for local and international audiences in Miami. The grants are awarded each year to up to eight emerging and up to three mid-career artists who are nominated by CIFO’s Honorary Advisory Committee of leading art professionals, curators and artists from Latin America, the United States, and Europe. After a rigorous review process, the annual recipients of CIFO Grants and Commissions are chosen by the Selection Committee and ratified by CIFO’s Board of Directors.

These year’s recipients are:

Mid-Career Commission Recipients

Eduardo Abaroa (Mexico) is an artist and writer working in the fields of sculpture, installation and live action.  He has shown his work in major museums such as LA MoCA, PS1 and ICA Boston in the United States; Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Spain; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Germany and other important venues in Mexico, the UK, Canada, France, Korea and other countries.

Glexis Novoa (Cuba) has been producing work in various media since the late 1980s. He is best known for his meticulously executed site specific graphite drawings which combine the specificity of architectural memory of a place with broader social, political and historical references. His work has been exhibited at El Museo del Barrio, New York;  The Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA; The Frost Art Museum, Miami; The Lowe Art Museum, Miami; and El Museo de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba among others.

Marta Maria Perez Bravo’s (Cuba) work is characterized by the use of her body as a vessel to express her cultural and religious perspective. Her work has been included in multiple solo and group exhibitions worldwide in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Alejandro Otero Museum of Visual Arts, Venezuela; among others and in Biennials such as the IV Bienal de la Habana; the V Istanbul Biennial and the Kwangju Biennale in South Korea.

Grants for Emerging Artists

Francisca Aninat’s (Chile) practice has developed from the observation of everyday situations. The use of discarded materials and the exploration of concepts like recollection, fragmentation and reconstruction are key elements in her work which aims to strengthen the relationship between process and meaning. Her exhibitions include:  Cut and Come Again at Rollo Contemporary Art, London (2008); Expansión, Centro de Arte Cecilia Palma, Chile (2005). Max. 10 kls, Galería Casa Viva, Lisbon, (2007); Contracción de Material, Concreta Matucana 100, Chile (2004).

Julieta Aranda (Mexico) centers her multidimensional practices in her involvement with the idea of a "poetics of circulation"; the possibility of a politicized subjectivity through the perception and use of time, and the notion of power over imaginary. Her work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennial (2011), Creative Time, NY (2011), Istanbul Biennial (2011), Portikus, Frankfurt (2011), New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY (2010), Kunstverein Arnsberg (2010), Witte de With (2010), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2007), and  the 2nd Moscow Biennial (2007) amongst others.

Tamar Guimarães (Brazil) studied at Goldsmiths College, London; Malmö Art Academy, Sweden and at the The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark. Recent exhibitions include The Work of the Spirit (Parade) at Gasworks, London; the 29th São Paulo Biennale; The Thousand Dreams of Stellavista, CAC Synagogue de Delme, France; Second World Cycle, curated by WHW, Gallery Nova, and Zagreb, Croatia.

Daniela Ortiz de Zevallos (Peru) has participated in many group exhibitions in Spain, Peru, and the United States. Most recently she has exhibited at the Miró Foundation’s Espai13 ; Abelló Museum (Mollet del Valles - Spain); Muncunill Artspace (Terrassa - Spain) and has been invited to collaborate on a project with Tania Bruguera’s Immigrant Movement International. Her work aims to create a space of tension from where concepts of race, class and nationality maybe analyzed.

Marisa Rubio (Argentina).  During 2009 and 2010, she was awarded with a grant from Centro de Investigaciones Artísticas (CIA) in Buenos Aires, and participated in their Independent Study Program for Artists.  Her artistic practice is influenced by theater, performance, sociology and anthropology. Since 2008 Rubio has been working on a series of works which involve the creation and proliferation of innumerable fictitious personalities that exist online.

“We are very excited to announce this year’s recipients,” says Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, CIFO’s Founder and President.  “As we celebrate our 10th year anniversary we will be announcing new programs and initiatives at CIFO that will provide further recognition for our artists. We are proud to see how far we have come in supporting and promoting Contemporary art from Latin American.”