Luisa Mesa

(305) 773-8907

[email protected]

www.luisamesa.com

Born

Havana, Cuba

Education        

2006 – B.F.A., Painting, Florida International University, Miami, Florida

Professional Memberships

Phi Beta Kappa, Induction 4/2/2006

Phi Theta Kappa,Induction 3/2000

Selected Awards and Scholarships

2012

Finalist, “Saatchi Online Collage Showdown”

2011

Showcase Winner, Art Slant’s 5th 2011 Showcase

2010

Honorable Mention, “The Power of Self” International Competition, Artists Wanted

2009

First Prize

“Art 2009” Highlands Museum of the Arts, Sebring, Florida

Juror: Ken Rollins

2007-2010

Board Member of ArtCenter/ South Florida

2007

Juried Artist inResidence

ArtCenter/South Florida, Miami Beach, FL

Bestin Show  

“Celebration 21” The Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, FL

Juror: Carol Damian

2001

Visual Arts Excellence Award

Honors Day 2001 – MDC, Miami, Florida

1999

Honors Scholarship Award

MDC, Miami, Florida

Residencies

Art Center South Florida, 2007- 2011

Artist Residency, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Oasis of the Seas, 2010

Solo Exhibitions

2018

“Artwork of Luisa Mesa” – Sonesta Coconut Grove, CGAF Gallery, Coconut Grove, Florida

2016

“Spring Show” – Concept 5 Studios, Wynwood, Florida

2011

“Summer Show – A Solo Exhibition by Luisa Mesa”, CGAF Gallery, Coconut Grove, Florida

2010

“Introspections”, Highlands MOTA, Sebring, Florida

2009

"Meditations, Connections, Fragmentation", Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri

2006

“Full Circle: A Journey Within”, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami, Florida  

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018

“Beirut Art Fair 2018”, South Border Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

“Latin American Art in Beirut”, Arthaus International Gemmayzeh/South Border Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

“Reference Cited”, FIU Green Library, Miami, FL – Curated by Miguel Rodez

2017

“Dali & I”, MAC Fine Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL

“Artexpo New York”, Chal Maz Fine Art and DATG Concept, New York, NY

“Identity & Belonging: a Cuban Collective”, Wall Street Fine Art, Jacksonville, FL

2016

“Cuban Fried Chicken”, MAC Fine Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL

2015

“Aqua Art Fair”/Art Basel, Cancio Contemporary, Miami Beach, Florida

“Drawing Excellence”, Miguel Rodez Art Projects, Miami, FL

“Dali and Me”, MAC Fine Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL

“Art Wynwood”, The McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2014

“Spectrum Art Fair/Art Basel”, Current Art Group USA, Miami, FL

“Material Tales”, Kontempo Art, Coral Gables, FL

“Affordable Art Fair”, Cancio Contemporary, New York, NY

“Layers”, City Without Walls, Newark, New Jersey

“Summer Show”, Octavia Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

“Affordable Art Fair”, Cancio Contemporary, London, England

2013

“2013 National Juried Exhibiiton”, First Street Gallery, New York, New York– Juror Donald Kuspit

“Femalenergy 3”, Woodward Gallery, New York, New York

“Cuba Connection: Contemporary Cuban and Cuban-American Art”, Octavia Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

2012

“Context Art Miami”/Art Basel, Cancio Contemporary, Miami, Florida

“All About Art: Fine Art Fundraising Auction”, The Frost Art Museum,Miami, Florida

“3rd Annual Juried Exhibition”, Florida Museum For Women Artists, Deland, Florida

“Homage: Past Influences”, Target Gallery – Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, Virginia

“Summer Photo Show 2012”, The Lunch Box Gallery, Miami, Florida

“LAYERING: Barbara Strasen, Luisa Mesa”, Institute for Genetic Medicine Art Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

“Inside/Outside”, Octavia Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

“10th National Juried Show”, Ceres Gallery, Chelsea, New York– juror Samantha Rippner, Curator, The Metropolitan Museum, NYC.

2011

“Small Wonderz”, Pulse Art Fair/Art Basel, Miami, FL – curated Alette Simmons-Jimenez

“Small Wonderz”, Wynwood Art Fair, Miami, FL – curated Alette Simmons-Jimenez

2010

“Aqua Art Fair”/Art Basel, Cancio Contemporary, Miami Beach, Florida

“Arts For A Better World”/Art Basel, Soho Studios, Wynwood, Florida

“Verge Art Fair/”Art Basel”, Artformz, The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, Miami Beach, Florida

“Femmedomania”, Art Rouge Contemporary, Miami, Florida

“Small Wonders Art Salon”, Artformz, Miami, Florida

Arteaméricas Miami, Ninoska Huerta Gallery, Miami Beach, Florida

“Self: Expressed”, Open House Gallery, New York, NY

“Love, Infatuation or Lust”, Hardcore Art Contemporary Space, Miami,Florida

2009

“Beyond Painting”, Highlands Museum of the Arts, Sebring, Florida

“First Juried Exhibition of the Inaugural Year”, Florida Museum for Women Artists,Deland, Florida

“Art 2009”, Highlands Museum of the Arts, Sebring,Florida

“Abracadabra”, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood,Hollywood, Florida

2008

“Paraphernalia: A Nationally Juried Exhibition”, Art Basel – The Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, Florida

     Curators: Peter Boswell, CarolDamian, Bernice Steinbaum

“Just Then Mischief Made Its Way Outside: Newly Juried Artist Show” ArtCenter South Florida, Miami Beach, Florida

“Latin Views 2008: ABiennal Exhibition”, Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art, University of Connecticut, Groton, Connecticut

“Far from Home: theMigration Experience in Latin America and the Caribbean”, IDB Cultural Center,Washington, D.C.

“The Room Underneath”, Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, Florida

    GuestCurators:  Carol Damian, Terrence Riley, Rene Morales, Claire Breukel,Jose Perez

“Extended Boundary: Latin American and Caribbean Artists in Miami, IDB Cultural Center Gallery, Washington, D.C.

“Abracadabra”, Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, Florida

 2007

 “SafetyZones”, Art Basel, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami, FL

 “The Surface – Beneath and Beyond”, Miami Dade College, Miami, FL

    Curatedby Jose W. Perez

 “Controlled Excess”, Miami Beach City Hall, Miami Beach, FL

    Curatedby Emilie Keldie

 “Deviant Behavior”, Artformz, Miami, FL

“Infinitely Connected”, The Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, FL  

    Juror: Claire Breukel

 2006

“Rituals – Perceptions and Visualizations”, Art Basel, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami, FL

“Breakfast at the Bakehouse”, The Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, FL  

Juror: Terrence Riley

 “The Big Deal”, The Locust Projects, Miami, FL

“Art Off The Main”, Puck Building, New York, N.Y.

“Exit Inside Out”, Museo Universidad Sagrado Corazon, San Juan, Puerto Rico

“Hispanic Heritage Month 2006”, Florida State Capitol Rotunda, Tallahassee, Florida

 “The Surface and What Lies Beneath”, Estefano Arts Center, Miami, Florida

Curatedby Jose W. Perez

“Kontemporary Karma”, Miami-Dade College Interamerican Campus Art Gallery, Miami, Florida

   Curated by Doris Meltzer

“Art Miami 2006”, Juried Artist - Diaspora Vibe Gallery showing in International Currents, Miami Beach, Florida

 2005

“OutCastes”, Art Basel, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami, FL

 “Master’s Mystery”, Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL

 2004

“Five”, Art Basel, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami, FL

“Sankofa”, West Palm Beach, Florida

 “International Artexpo”, New York, NY

 2003

 “Strata: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow”, Art Basel, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami, FL

“Parallel Horizons”, Instituto di Cultura, Aruba, WI

“Moving Inside Out, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Grenada, WI

 “Metamorphosis: Redefining the Change”, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami, Florida

 “Culture Embraced; Evolution Through Transitions”, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami, Florida

 “Women and Values”, Latino Art Museum, Pomona, CA

2002

 “The Mayor’s Rotating Art Exhibit”, Miami City Hall, Miami, Florida

2001

“Group Show”, Brickell Village Gallery, Miami, Florida

“El Mes de la Hispanidad”, Brickell Village Gallery, Miami, Florida

 2000

“Future Visions II”, O and Y Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida

1999

“Visions”, Euro America Galleries, New York, NY    

Public Collections

Permanent Collection, Miami-Dade Public Library - North Dade Regional Branch, Miami, Florida

Miami Dade College, Miami, Florida

Selected Corporate Collections

Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Four Seasons Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Morgan Stanley, New York, NY

Hamilton On The Bay, Miami, Florida

Florida East Coast Realty, 2020 Ponce de Leon Building

Foley & Lardner, LLP

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Oasis of the Seas

Pinnacle Housing Group, Postmaster Building, Miami,Florida

Levine Children’s Hospital, Charlotte, NorthCarolina

Sunset Harbor Condominium, Miami Beach, Florida

Selected Private Collections

Samantha Brabender, Oakville, Ontario

Mariel Greenstein, Arlinton, Virginia

Sandra Abbo and Dr. Daniel Benatar, Chicago,Illinois

Aida T. Baladi, Coral Gables, Florida

Joanne and Scott Jacobson, Miami Beach, Florida

Marylen Mann, St. Louis, Missouri

Dr.Carol Damian, Coral Gables, Florida

Susanne Widmer, Zurich,Switzerland

Jana Sigars-Malina, Coconut Grove, Florida

Dr. Frank Simo, St.Louis, Missouri

Joseph Hacmon, Ramat Gan,Israel

Frank and Rosalie Forrest, Charlotte, North Carolina

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