Jason Mena (USA/Puerto Rico, 1974) received a BFA from Escuela de Artes Plásticas in Puerto Rico in 2006 and attended Bard College Independent Study Program in New York from 2012 to 2013. His work—a mix of installation, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, performance, sound, and video—explores the contradictions that exist within social formations, their visible and latent tendencies in both every day life and the broader economic structure. His investigation has focused mainly on the Shadow Market, its complex relationship with state politics, global finance and the impact of these economic forces on artistic activities.

He has shown his work individually at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MADC) in Costa Rica, Intelligentsia Gallery in Beijing, Luis Adelantado Gallery in Mexico and Valencia, Modern Art Museum (MAM) in Dominican Republic, Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) in Puerto Rico. Group exhibitions in galleries and museums include the Unicorn Centre for Art in Beijing, Museu Mineiro in Brasil, National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA) in Argentina, Ramapo College in New Jersey, Hessel Museum of Art, Family Business and Exit Art in New York, Chopo University Museum (MUCh), Casa del Lago San Jose? Arreola, Carrillo Gil Contemporary Art Museum (MACG) and Museum Ex Teresa Arte Actual in Mexico City, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and Queens Nails Projects in San Francisco, New Wight Biennial (UCLA) and Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Los Angeles, National Center for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) in Moscow, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia and the 2nd and 3rd editions of The San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial among other venues. Co-founder of =DESTO, an independent artist run space located in Santurce Puerto Rico which operated from 2005-2008, and founder of La Embajada, a Creative Arts Management Organization established in Mexico City in 2014.