Biography

Jason Mena is a post-disciplinary artist working in video, sound, painting, sculpture, photography, animation, installation, and curatorial projects. Using mostly simple means and public actions, he seeks to reveal complex economic, social, and political scenarios as well as the mundanities of everyday life, in an attempt to find an acceptable balance between the rational and the irrational, with an underlying feeling of the unanswerable. 

Mena holds a BFA in painting from the Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño de Puerto Rico, and studied Photography at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts Low-Residency Program at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson. He earned his MFA in Art Practice from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has been awarded residencies at The Studios at MASS MoCA, North Adams; B.P.S.22 Musée d'art de la Province de Hainaut, Belgium, and BACO-Batuco Arte Contemporáneo, Chile. His work has been featured in prominent publications by the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes de Mexico, Museum of Latin American Art, Yale School of Architecture, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Queens Museum, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and University of California. Notable grants include the Lexus Grant for the Arts and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. He has recently been nominated for the prestigious AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship Award.

Mena has participated in numerous individual and group exhibitions at art venues and institutions, including the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida; CCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Argentina; Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, Costa Rica; Hessel Museum of Art, New York; Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City; Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Italy; Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington; Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo; Museu das Comunicações, Lisbon; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Puerto Rico; Museu Mineiro, Brazil, and has been invited to participate in international events, such as the Karachi Biennale, Pakistan; 3rd edition of The San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial, Puerto Rico, and Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, California.