In my work, I observe the body, inside and out, as a natural system, landscape or small universe. Inspired by the physical commonalities within Nature and the human body, I create hybrid anatomical and botanical forms or scenes that evoke surreal, magical worlds. I am interested in the spiritual oneness and interconnectedness of body and nature as one living force.

Lina Puerta, born in New Jersey and raised in Colombia, South America, lives and works in New York City. She received her B.A. from Wells College with Honors in Studio Art (1992) and a M.S. in Art Education from Queens College (1998). She has been awarded fellowships, including the EAF: 2010 from Socrates Sculpture Park and Urban Artists Initiative/NYC (2009-2010). Puerta has received funding awards from the Association of Hispanic Arts AHA (2009), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council- MCAF Program (2006) and the Queens Council for the Arts (2004) for the creation of her Public works. Her work has been exhibited in several institutions and galleries including El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY; Lehman College Gallery, Bronx, NY; Kawasaki City Museum, Kawasaki, Japan; Hampden Gallery at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; Socrates Sculpture Park, LIC, NY; Praxis Gallery, New York, NY and has had solo exhibits at The Sage Colleges: Opalka Gallery, Albany, NY and the Gathering of the Tribes, New York, NY.

Reviews of Puerta’s work have appeared in publications such as Public Art & Ecology (China) Sculpture Magazine, New York Times, New York Arts Magazine, Times Union, Craft Magazine, El Diario, Newsday, as well as online publications such as, Hyperallergic, NY ReMezcla and NBC NewYork.

The featured work
Title: Composition I
Medium: Canvas, Polyurethane foam, resin, cotton thread, fabric, beads, acrylic paint, trims, artificial plants and moss, flocking and chain
Size: 33”H. x 17” W. x 8” D
Year: 2012

For more art by Lina Puerta visit www.linapuerta.net

Inquiries email: allicette@gmail.com


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