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Lived/Active: New York / Venezuela/Trinidad and Tobago/Mexico      Known for: sculpture-installation

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The following information was submitted in September of 2006 by the artist:

Born in Mexico City. Currently, lives and works in New York City, Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago.
Solo Exhibitions/Exposiciones Individuales:
2006    Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela
Galeria Ramis Barquet, New York City
Performance, Osebo’s Drum.  National Museum, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Teatro Mérida, Mérida, Yucatán. México

2004    St. John the Divine Cathedral, New York.

2003    Museo Kiscelli, Budapest, Hungría.
LAB Work, Inter Americas Gallery, Caribbean Contemporary Arts, Port of Spain, Trinidad.

2002    Terra Incógnita. Proyecto: Intervenciones Sociales, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, México, D.F.

2001    Fausto-El Espíritu de la Tierra-Ixbalanqué, Peter Herrmann Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
Tours and Revolutions, Freedman Gallery, Albright Center for the Arts,
Reading,  PA. USA.
En el Orden del Caos, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg Gallery Stuttgart, Germany

1999    Traces of Infinity/Trazos del Infinito, Galería Ramis Barquet, New York.
Infinity of Traces/Infinidad de Trazos, WaveHill, Bronx, New York.
Cuentos del Orinoco y Otros Relatos, Sala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela.

1998    In The Order of Chaos, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas and Dieu Donné, Papermill Gallery, New York, New York.

1997    No-tengo-quien-me-ayude-en-casa, performance, MARCO,  Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Nuevo León,  México.
Laura Anderson Barbata-Sculptures, Quintana Gallery, Miami, Florida.

Awards and Grants/Premios y Becas

2005    1st Place, Best School Design.  Junior Carnival, 2005. For Osebo’s Drum, Dragon Keylemanjahro School of Arts and Culture.  NCC. National Carnival Commission. Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

2002    The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, USA.  Grant.

1999-2002    Miembro del Sistema Nacional para Creadores, Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, CONACULTA, México.

2000    Libro del Año, Co-editora e impresión de libro artesanal del proyecto Yanomami Owë Mamotima, Centro Nacional del Libro, Ministerio de Educación, Caracas, Venezuela.

1999    Mención Honorífica, III Bienal Internacional Juguete Arte Objeto, Museo José Luis Cuevas, México D.F.
Mención de Honor, III Salón Internacional de Estandartes, Centro Cultural Tijuana, Baja California, México.

1997    Primer Lugar, III Bienal Internacional Juguete Arte Objeto, Museo Jose Luis Cuevas, México D.F.

1993    Mención Honorífica, V Bienal de Fotografía, CNCA, INBA, México, D.F.

1991    Mención Honorífica, I Bienal José Clemente Orozco, Instituto Cultural Cabañas, INBA, Guadalajara, México.

1990    Mención Honorífica, IV Bienal Nacional de Estampa y Dibujo Diego Rivera, INBA, Guanajuato, México.

1989    Premio de Adquisición, Sección Dibujo, Salón Nacional de Artes Plásticas, INBA, México D.F.

1986    Premio de Adquisición, Sección Dibujo, Salón Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Galería del Auditorio Nacional, INBA, México, D.F.

2005    International Studio Programme.  Office for Contemporary Art Norway.  Oslo, Norway.

2004    Artista en residencia.  Fundación La Llama, Caracas Venezuela

2002    La Semilla Azul, Chiapas, Mexico. Boreal-Art Nature, Canada Council of the Arts, Canada.
Artist in Residence, CCA7, Caribbean Contemporary Arts, Trinidad and Tobago.
Guest Costume Designer for Georg Buchner’s Leonce & Lena, Amphibian Productions, Connelly Theatre, New York and TCU, Texas.

2000    International Artists’ Workshop, Big River 2, CCA7, Caribbean Contemporary Arts, Trinidad and Tobago.
Boréal Art/Nature Centre, Canada Council of the Arts and Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Québec, Canada
Artist as Catalyst, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Grant, Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

1999    Artist in Residence, Generated@WaveHill, WaveHill, Bronx, New York.

Selected Lectures and Seminars and Workshops/Conferencias, Talleres y Seminarios (Selección):

2005    Moko Jumbies and Trinidad Carnival. Bowdoin College. November 9-10 Maine
Papermaking in the Amazon. Friends of Dard Hunter Conference.  Salt Lake City, Utah
Gift From the Sea in Life and Art.  Lecture and workshop. Gift From the Sea Festival. Lindbergh Foundation.  November 18-19, Captiva, Florida

2004    Esto es Arte?.  Fundación Cisneros.  Caracas, Venezuela.  13 de Octubre.
Arte y Sociedad.  Instituto de Cultura de Yucatán, . Workshop/Seminario: 
7 de Diciembre-17 Diciembre, 25 de Marzo al 6 de Abril.  Mérida, Yucatán, México.
Arte y Sociedad.  Moderador: Alfredo Cruz. Teatro Mérida, organizado por el Instituto de Cultura de Yucatán.  Mérida, Yucatán. 29 de Marzo
Proyectos Editoriales Indígenas.  Moderadora: Beatriz Bermudez. Auditorio del Museo de Bellas Artes.  Organizado por la XI Feria Internacional del Libro. 21 de Mayo. Caracas, Venezuela.


Fundación Cisneros. Caracas, Venezuela
Sprint Collection, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York
Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany
Fundaçao Bozano-Simonsen, Río de Janeiro, Brazil
Museo de Arte Moderno, México, D.F., México
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Alvar Y Carmen T. Carillo Gil, México, D.F., México
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Nuevo León, México
American Express Company, México
Centro Cultural  Arte Contemporáneo, México, D.F.
Centro de Arte Vitro, Monterrey, Nuevo León, México
Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, México, D.F., México
Museo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Nuevo León, México
Casa del Lago, Galeria del Bosque, UNAM, México, D.F., México
Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, México
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Xochimilco, México, D.F., Mexico
Galería Ramis Barquet, Monterrey, Nuevo León, México
Biblioteca Central Magna, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Monterrey, México
Universidad Autónoma de México, México D.F., México
Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguerez, Zacatecas, México

The  Yanomami  Paper  Project is an ongoing initiative, working with the Yanomami community living in the Venezuelan Amazon Rainforest. This project was developed directly with the community, and holistically addresses several needs at once: the need for the Yanomami to document their own history, their need of an ecological method of recycling obsolete text books and other paper refuse, and the need to create a new means of revenue without disturbing their cultural and ecological environment. In 2000 the first book produced by this project received the award of Best Book of the Year from the Centro Nacional del Libro of Venezuela. This book is now part of collections both private and public, including the Cotsen Library Collection of Princeton University, the Gimbel Library of Parsons School of Design in New York, and the Spencer Collection of the New York Public Library. In 2002 the project received the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Grant. In 2004, the project was guest of honor at the XI Feria Internacional del Libro, Caracas, Venezuela. The Rainforest Paper Project is a sponsored project of New York Foundation of the Arts, a 501 (c)(3), tax-exempt organization.

Ongoing -2001    GRAS, Grande Riviere, Trinidad, West Indies (2001 — present)
GRAS is a paper making project taking place within the local school of Grande Riviere. The school has now adopted the paper making project into their curricula, creating the possibility for the children to develop their creative skills and be involved in art through recycling. The children have been invited to lead a number of workshops in schools throughout Trinidad and have successfully taught and shared their papermaking knowledge with over 200 hundred children and adults. The goal of this project is to become a self-sustaining producer of fine quality 100% natural fiber paper, recycled paper, and block prints. This project provides the people of Grande Riviere an empowering alternative for generating a means of revenue without having to leave their village in search for a job in the city, where their quality of life would be greatly diminished. 

2002    Moko Jumbies, Cocorite, Trinidad (2002 — present) Moko Jumbies are part of Dragon Keylemanjahro School of Arts and Culture, a community center completely operated through volunteer participation from residents of the neighborhood. This project focuses on providing extracurricular activities to youth of a low-income area of Port of Spain, as well as reviving the art and tradition of West African stilt walking in Trinidad. The goals are achieved through costume design, production of promotional videos and stage presentations for the Carnival events and competitions.
2002    Papeles Lacandones. Papermaking project with the Lacandon people of the Chiapas Lacandon forest.  This papermaking project emphasizes the balance between conservation of culture and nature.  The project is working to produce paper made from local fibers and recycle waste paper products, this paper is also made into books and cards, the books will be documents produced by the Lacandon people where their history and traditions will be printed into the books.  The paper products will be sold to generate income for the people living in the Lacandon forest.  Involved in the project are experts in natural pigment dyes, and natural printing inks.  In cooperation with Na Bolom, Centro Cultural, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.

Selected Bibliography/Bibliografía; Books/Libros:
2005    The Dancing Spirits of Trinidad, Moko Jumbies,  Photographs by Stefan Falke. Pointed Leaf Press; New York
2004    160 Años de Fotografía en México, CENART-Centro de la Imágen 10 Aniversario.  Editorial Oceano; pp. 89
1998    Papermaking with Plants, Helen Hiebert; Storey Books, Pownal, Vermont; pp. 76-77.
1994    Latin American Art In The Twentieth Century, edited by Edward J.Sullivan; Phaidon Books, London, U.K.; pp. 10, 12.

2004    Terra Incognita, ensayo de Ilona Katzew, Ph.D.  para la exposición en Ex-Teresa Arte Actual México, DF y Galería Ramis Barquet, Nueva York

2003    Laura Anderson Barbata.  Catálogo para la exposición en Kiscelli Múzeum Templomtér.  Budapest, Hungría.  Ensayo de Sárosdy Judit y Grisell Martínez de León.
Paradise Lost? Aspects of Landscape in Latin American Art.  Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fl.  Essays by: Edward J. Sullivan, Germán Rubiano, Lisbeth Rebollo Gonçalves, Issa Ma. Benítez Dueñas and Fernando Castro R.  pp 100 &111.

2001    Neuberger Museum of Art, 2001 Biennial Exhibition of Public Art, Purchase College, State University of New York.  Essay by Eleanor Heartney, pp.6, 10,11.
Abstracción, transformación y no figuración, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes. Ensayo por:Olivier Debroise. Cat. 5 y 6.

2000    Traces of Infinity, essay by Cecilia Fajardo, translation: Rowena Hill; Galeria Ramis F.  Barquet, New York; Wave Hill, Bronx, New York
Apuntes para una colección del siglo XXI Nuevas adquisiciones de obra de arte, Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, presentación por Rosario Green y ensayo por Agustín Arteaga, México D.F. pp 12 y 36.
Mastering the Milenium, art of the Americas.  Essays by Ana María Escallón and Artemis Zenetou, The Art Museum of the Americas, Washington D.C. pp.25
Cuentos del Orinoco y Otros Relatos, essay by Axel Stein. Sala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela.
De la Academia a la Institución, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes. Landucci Editores, México, 2000.
1998    "Archive X" Investigations of Contemporary Art. Essay by Elke Krassny, Centrum fur Gegenwartskungst, Oberosterreich; Linz, Austria.
"In the Order of Chaos/En el orden del Caos," essays by Elizabeth Ferrer, Irvin Tepper, Francisco Diaz, Axel Stein, Itala Scotto-Dominguez, translations by Kathleen A. Milne; The Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas; Galeria Ramis Barquet, New York, New York.
1997    “Embodied Abstraction,” essay by Joseph R. Wolin; Americas Society, New York, NewYork;  pp.20-29.
“Sexta Bienal de la Habana: El individuo y su memoria; Mayo/Junio,1997,” ensayo por Axel Stein; Centro Wifredo Lam, La  Habana, Cuba; p.208.
“Premio MARCO,” Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monerrey, Nuevo León,    México; pp.48,49.
1996    “Premio MARCO,” essays by/ensayos por E.J. Sullivan & J.M. Villareal; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monerrey, Nuevo León., México; pp. 52-53.
“Metáforas,” ensayo por Ema Cecilia Garcia, Museo de Monterrey, Nuevo León, México.

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