Bio

The work of Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons (Matanzas, Cuba, 1959) is defined mainly by the investigation of her identity and in particular of her Afro Cuban heritage. The theme of memory plays a vital role in her installations, photographs or drawings, reflecting the feeling of disorientation that the artist experiences as a Cuban expatriate. Campos-Pons constantly tests the boundaries of artistic practice, never allowing herself to be defined by a single medium. The experience of exile motivates the artist’s production through the themes of belonging, assimilation and transculturation. Another great recurring theme within the artist’s research is that of feminism, favored by a strong interest in gender roles.

Campos-Pons has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the National Gallery of Canada, among other distinguished institutions. She has participated in the Venice Biennale (twice), the Dakar Biennale, the Johannesburg Biennial, Documenta 14, the Guangzhou Triennial, three editions of the Havana Biennial, and the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA and Prospect.4 Triennial. She has presented over 30 solo performances commissioned by institutions including the Guggenheim Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
Her works are in over 30 museum collections, including the Smithsonian Institution; the Whitney; the Art Institute of Chicago; the National Gallery of Canada; the Victoria and Albert Museum; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Perez Art Museum, Miami; and the Fogg Art Museum.

Works

 María Magdalena Campos-Pons, “Carta Natal 7/26/1953, 7/22/1959, 7/13/1989, 7/11/2021”, 2021, mixed media, photo transfer, watercolor,
ink, gouache, BFKR archivepaper. 5 panels 111,5 x 76 cm each. Unique installation, 111,5 x 380 cm.

 María Magdalena Campos-Pons, “Mother Tree. Rooted by the Spine”, 2019/20, mixed media on archive watercolor paper, triptych, 66 x 101,5 cm each.

María Magdalena Campos-Pons, “Because the human body is a tree Spring Awakening” III, 2019/20, mixed media on arches watercolor paper, three single works, 106,5 x 114,5 cm each.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Nesting #2, 2000, polaroid, triptych, 82x56cm each.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Red Composition, 1997, polaroid, triptych, 82x56cm each.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, DIPTYCH, polaroid, diptych, 88x68cm each.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – Deluge Rain, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – Extreme Weather, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – El Secreto, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – Atardecer, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Untitled #2, 2017, watercolor on Stonehenge’s archival paper, 126x168cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Untitled #6, 2017, watercolor on Stonehenge’s archival paper, 126x168cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Catch of the day #3, 2016, acrylic, watercolor and gouache on Fabriano paper, 87x118cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, A reason why Janet Jackson should move to the Veneto region: a wardrobe malfunction early on go unnoticed, 2006, gouache, pencil, watercolor and fabric on paper, 211x153cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Deconstructing Louis Vuitton – El Chino, 2006, gouache, ink and Louis Vuitton bags logos, 85×64,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Going Platinum, 2006, silver leaf, pencil and watercolour on paper, 208x137cm.

María Magdalena Campos-Pons, “Because the human body is a tree Spring Awakening” I, 2019/20, mixed media on arches watercolor paper, three single works, 106,5 x 114,5 cm each.

María Magdalena Campos-Pons, “Farrar’s garden to 2,24,8”, 2019/20, mixed media on archive watercolor paper, triptych, 75 x 100 cm each.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Nesting #3, 2001, polaroid, composition of 4 photographs, 82x56cm each.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Red Composition, 1997, polaroid, triptych, 82x56cm each.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – La Ola Monstruosa, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – Embrace, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – Secrets, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – Centrifugal Force, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – Clouds, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Untitled #4, 2017, watercolor on Stonehenge’s archival paper, 113x155cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Catch of the day #1, 2016, ink, watercolor and gouache on Stonehenge’s archival paper, 100x65cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Catch of the day #4, 2016, acrylic, watercolor and gouache on Fabriano paper, 69x89cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Invocazione alla questura – Rita of Nigeria, 2006, mixed media on paper, 111 x 181cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Glass Forest #1, 2012, mixed media on paper, 76x57cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Glass Forest #4, 2012, mixed media on paper, 76x57cm.

María Magdalena Campos-Pons, “Because the human body is a tree Spring Awakening” II, 2019/20, mixed media on arches watercolor paper, three single works, 106,5 x 114,5 cm each.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Untitled, 1995, polaroid, triptych, 82x56cm each.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, December 17, 1999, polaroid, triptych, 82x56cm each.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – Fire Pit, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – La Ira de Chango & Zeus, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – Pajaro de Atenas, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – Reflection, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Untitled #3, 2017, ink and watercolor on Stonehenge’s archival paper, 116x115cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Untitled #5, 2017, watercolor on Stonehenge’s archival paper, 126x168cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Catch of the day #2, 2016, acrylic, watercolor and gouache on Fabriano paper, 75,5x89cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Il pane è vita. zucchero and company are good, 2006, mixed media on paper, 113x152cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, El Nascimiento de la Flor de Cardi, 2006, watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper, 251,5x144cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Glass Forest #2, 2012, mixed media on paper, 76x57cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Glass Forest #13, 2012, mixed media on paper, 76x57cm.