About Jason Mena:

Jason Mena was born in New York in 1974, and works in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and elsewhere. He received a BFA in painting from the School of Visual Arts and Design in Puerto Rico and attended the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts Low-Residency Program at Bard College in upstate New York, before completing an MFA in Art Practice from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has received numerous grants and awards, including the Lexus Grant for the Arts, Artist Fellowship Grant, and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and has participated in Artist-in-Residence programs at The Studios at MASS MoCA, B.P.S.22 Musée d'art de la Province de Hainaut in Belgium, and Batuco Arte Contemporáneo in Chile.

Mena's research is informed by personal experiences, a deep historical awareness and archival curiosity. His work combines conceptual strategies, reduced gestures, and visual immediacy in an effort to disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of economic hierarchies and unequal systems of power, spaning across media including painting, installation, and video based on performative interventions. His work has been featured in a range of publications such as Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago published by Museum of Latin American Art in Los Angeles, San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial: The Hive published by Institute of Puerto Rican Culture in Puerto Rico, We have as much time as it takes published by CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in California, Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola Memoria 2013-2015 published Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and Los irrespetuosos / The disrespectful / Die respektlosen published by Carrillo Gil Art Museum in Mexico City, as well as in numerous international journals and magazines including Perspecta: The Yale Architectural Journal published by The MIT Press, Dolce Stil Criollo: An interstitial Journal of the Americas, Aliens Beyond Paradise Co-published by Wendy’s Subway and the Queens Museum, Adaptive Actions Publications published with the support of Madrid Abierto, Canada Art Council, and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Artpulse Magazine, ArtNexus, and The New Yorker.

Throughout his career, he has exhibited his work in galleries and institutions, notably at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in Costa Rica, CCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, National Museum of Fine Arts in Argentina, Hessel Museum of Art in New York, Carrillo Gil Art Museum in Mexico City, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome in Italy, Vox Populi in Philadephia, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, Museum of Modern Art in the Dominican Republic, Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Communications Museum in Lisbon, Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Florida, Museum of Contemporary Art in Puerto Rico, and Museum of Latin American Art in Los Angeles, and has participated in festivals and biennials including the 7th edition of FIVAC - Festival Internacional de Videoarte de Camagüey in Cuba, Festival Internazionale Viareggio in GAMC Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Lorenzo Viani de Viareggio in Italy, the Karachi Biennale in Pakistan, Tamayo Biennial in Mexico City, 2nd & 3rd editions of The San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial in Puerto Rico, and Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA in California.