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.

Mena's art has been shown at such institutions as the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MADC) in Costa Rica, Modern Art Museum (MAM) in Dominican Republic, Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) in Puerto Rico, 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, Chopo University Museum (MUCh), Casa del Lago San José 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 and the 2nd and 3rd editions of The San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial among other venues.