Biography

Born in New York, 1974, Jason Mena is an artist, researcher, and curator working in Puerto Rico and Mexico, wherein 2012, founded La Embajada, a creative arts management organization. His art practice strongly articulates concepts and strategies that reveal, reinforce, and resignify actions, everyday materials, and objects commonly employed in his work. He received a BA 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 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; Perspecta: The Yale Architectural Journal by The MIT Press, and Orificio: Contemporary Art Magazine, and has been frequently invited to lecture as 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; ISCP International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York; Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica, and Pontificia Universidad Católica in Chile, among others.

Mena's work has been the subject of numerous individual and group exhibitions in public institutions, commercial galleries, and artist-run spaces, most notably at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, Costa Rica; Luis Adelantado Gallery, Spain; 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; Vox Populi Contemporary Art Space, Philadelphia; Intelligentsia Gallery, Beijing; Manifesto-Espacio, Guatemala; Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; Museum of Modern Art, Dominican Republic; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington; Communications Museum, Lisbon; Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida; Museum of Contemporary Art, Puerto Rico, and Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles. He has also 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; 2nd & 3rd editions of The San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial, Puerto Rico and Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, California, and 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 Publications published with the support of Madrid Abierto, Canada Art Council, and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec; Artpulse Magazine; ArtNexus, and The New Yorker.