María Elena González

María Elena González

María Elena González (born 1957 in Havana, Cuba) is a Cuban-American artist best known for her sculptural installations that are architecturally as well as personally informed. In 1999, González received widespread acclaim for her site-specific outdoor sculpture, Magic Carpet/Home. Commissioned by the Public Art Fund, it was originally installed in Brooklyn, New York,[1] and subsequently in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Los Angeles, California. In the summer of 2005, González was a resident faculty member at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In 2005 and 2008, she was also a Visiting Artist faculty member at the Cooper Union School of Art. Her homes and studios are in Brooklyn and at Basel in Switzerland.


Education and awards

González received a BFA in 1979 from Florida International University, and an MA in sculpture in 1983 from San Francisco State University. She had her first solo exhibition in New York in 1991 at the Nuyorican Poets Café. González has been awarded grants from organizations that include the Cintas Foundation (1989, 1994); the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (1991, 1998); Anonymous Was a Woman (1997); the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation (1997); the Joan Mitchell Foundation (1998); the Creative Capital Foundation (1999, 2001);[2] The Cuban Artists Fund (2000); the Penny McCall Foundation (2001); and the New York State Council on the Arts (2003). She was recipient of a Prix de Rome from the American Academy in Rome for 2003–04, and was a 2006 Guggenheim Fellow.

Selected public exhibitions

Selected solo exhibitions

Selected group exhibitions

  • the Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Switzerland (2008)
  • the National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts, New York (2008)
  • the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2007)[5]
  • Miami Art Museum (2005–06)
  • P.S. 1 / MoMA Contemporary Art Center, New York (2000, 2003)[6]

Public collections


  1. ^ Magic Carpet/Home The Public Art Fund
  2. ^ Creative Capital: Maria Elena Gonzalez: Magic Carpet/Home
  3. ^ Knoedler & Company
  4. ^ The Contemporary Museum Honolulu
  5. ^ The Shapes of Space-The Guggenheim Museum, New York
  6. ^ P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center presents Site and Insight: an Assemblage of Artists, a group exhibition curated by Agnes Gund

Selected bibliography

  • Brillembourg, Carlos "Maria Elena González," Bomb (Winter 2002-03)
  • Chadwick, Whitney Maria Elena González: Suspension. New York: Knoedler & Company, 2008
  • Cotter, Holland "Maria Elena González," The New York Times (January 20, 2006)
  • Durant, Mary Alice Maria Elena González: Selected Works, 1996–2002. Baltimore: Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, 2002
  • Heartney, Eleanor Maria Elena González: Internal DupliCity. New York: Knoedler & Company, 2006
  • Princenthal, Nancy, et al. UnReal Estates: Maria Elena González. Houston: DiverseWorks, 2002
  • Schwendener, Martha "Maria Elena González: Art in General," Artforum (January 2004)

External links

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