Biography

Born in New York, 1974, Jason Mena is a multi-disciplinary artist, independent researcher, and curator working in Mexico and Puerto Rico. His art practice arises from his observation of the world with a sensitivity that is both historical and contemporary. By using a variety of mediums that include performance, installation, moving media, and photography, Mena strongly articulates concepts and strategies that reveal, reinforce, and resignify actions, everyday materials, and objects commonly employed in his work.

Mena received a BA in Painting from the School of Visual Arts and Design in Puerto Rico and attended Advanced Photographic Studies from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts Low-Residency Program at Bard College (Bard MFA) in Annandale-on-Hudson, before completing an MFA in Art Practice from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Lexus Grant for the Arts and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and has participated in residency programs at The Studios at MASS MoCA in North Adams; B.P.S.22 Musée d'art de la Province de Hainaut in Belgium, and BACO-Batuco Arte Contemporáneo in Chile. His writing has been published by UNAM-Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Orificio: Contemporary Art Magazine, and Perspecta: The Yale Architectural Journal by MIT Press, and has been frequently invited to lecture as a visiting artist at universities and art institutions across Latin America and the United States, of which have included Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros in Mexico City; Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador; ISCP International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York; Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica, and Pontificia Universidad Católica in Chile.

His work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, Costa Rica; Luis Adelantado Gallery, Spain; Museum of Modern Art, Dominican Republic; Present Co. Gallery, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Puerto Rico; Intelligentsia Gallery, Beijing, and Manifesto-Espacio, Guatemala. His work has been included in countless group exhibitions, most notably at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; CCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; National Museum of Fine Arts, Argentina; Hessel Museum of Art, New York; Carrillo Gil Art Museum, Mexico City; Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Italy; Proyecto CasaMario Montevideo, Uruguay; Vox Populi Contemporary Art Space, Philadelphia; Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington; Communications Museum, Lisbon; Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida; Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles, and has been part of international events such as the 7th edition of FIVAC-Festival Internacional de Video-Arte de Camagüey, Cuba; Festival Internazionale Viareggio in GAMC-Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Lorenzo Viani de Viareggio, Italy; the Karachi Biennale, Pakistan; Tamayo Biennial, Mexico City; II & III editions of The San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial, Puerto Rico, and Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, which traveled to California, Oregon, New York, Florida, and Delaware. His work has been featured in a wide range of publications, including Relational Undercurrents exhibition catalogue published by Museum of Latin American Art; Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan: The Hive exhibition catalogue published by Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña; Aliens Beyond Paradise Co-published by Wendy’s Subway and Queens Museum, Adaptive Actions published with the support of Madrid Abierto, Canada Art Council, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec; Los irrespetuosos | The disrespectful | Die respektlosen exhibition catalogue published by Carrillo Gil Contemporary Art Museum; Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola Memoria 2013-2015 published by the National Autonomous University of Mexico; ArtNexus; Artpulse, and The New Yorker.