Jason Mena received a BFA in painting from the School of Visual Arts and Design in Puerto Rico and attended Bard College Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts Low-Residency MFA Program in Annandale-on-Hudson.

Through artistic research and practice, Mena considers the contradictions that exist within the social formation, its visible and latent tendencies in both everyday life and its broad economic structure. His work has focused mainly on the informal sector, its relationship with state politics, global finance, and the impact these prevalent and diverse forces have over time on modes of production across all social categories, whether in social, economic, or geopolitical terms, and to begin thinking through the ways that these changes will play out on the aesthetic level.

Mena has held solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in Costa Rica, Modern Art Museum in the Dominican Republic and Luis Adelantado Gallery in Spain, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions at venues including Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Unicorn Centre for Art in Beijing, National Museum of Fine Arts in Argentina, Hessel Museum of Art in New York, Carrillo Gil Contemporary Art Museum in Mexico City, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome in Italy, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Florida, Museum of Contemporary Art in Puerto Rico and Museum of Latin American Art in Los Angeles, among others.