Edison Peñafiel

Born in Ecuador, Edison Peñafiel migrated to the United States to leave the political and economic instability of his native country. His singular style integrates video and multimedia installation to create surreal echoes of our world, environments that translate experience. His work centers the migrant as a subject, informed by his own life.
 

His early photography focuses on deconstruction and perception, absurdity and politics. The use of a camera plays with evidence, fact, and their manipulation in media. Socio-economic and political themes deepened with his shift to multimedia installations. By introducing looping video projections, Peñafiel imitates the loops that make up our history and present. His visions show people trapped in behaviors of movement and labor, always being watched.
 

Later installations heighten the interaction between physical and virtual elements, creating worlds for the viewer to step into — worlds at the same time bizarre and familiar. These bring together the themes of his earlier works and the use of provocative imagery to evoke social realities while evolving into fully immersive experiences.
 

Peñafiel has presented his work in numerous large scale projects, site-specific installations, and immersive installations, appearing at the Bass Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, the Orlando Museum of Art, the Elsewhere Museum, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. Notable awards include: the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, and the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship.

He is currently based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida - USA.
 

Education


2016      BFA Interdisciplinary Arts [Summa Cum Laude] Art History [Minor] - Florida International University, Miami, FL


Solo exhibitions (selection)


2020      Land Escape Paintings. Atchugarry Art Center, Miami, FL , USA.
2020      The Persistent Caravan. The Projects, FAT Village, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA.
2019      Land Escape. Curator: Leilani Lynch, The Bass Museum, Miami Beach, FL, USA.
2019      Florida Prize in Contemporary Art. Curators: Coralie Claeyzen-Gleyzon & Hansen Mulford, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL, USA.
2019      Reenactments of a Perpetual Cycle. 100W Corsicana, Corsicana, TX, USA.
2018      Ni Aquí, Ni Allá . Elsewhere Museum, Greensboro, NC [Permanent Collection]*
2017      And it's Going To Be Great!. Projects, FAT Village, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA.
2017      Sempiterno. Centre Gallery at University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA.
2016      It Is So Because It's Always Been So. Centre Gallery at University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA.
2013      Paradojas / Paradoxes. Project Fine Art Gallery, Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA.

Group exhibitions (selection)

 

2020    Make America What America Must Become. Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, USA. Curated by George Scheer and Katrina Neumann.

2020    Ver Versus Ver. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.
2019      South Florida Cultural Consortium. Curator: Amy Galpin. Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Miami, FL, USA.
2019      Miami New Media Festival . Laundromat Art Space & Doral Contemporary Art Museum, Little Haiti, FL, USA.
2018      Florida Biennial. Curator: Laura Marsh, Juror: Sarah Fritchey. Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL , USA.
2018      Smash and Grab. Locust Projects, Miami, FL, USA.
2016      RE: Produce. Curator: Lisa Rockford. Bailey Contemporary Arts, Pompano Beach, FL, USA.
2016      The Space Between. Curators: Jesus Petroccini, Crisbeth Ortega. The Screening Room, Miami, FL, USA.
2016      I Vomit When I Think. Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, FL, USA.
2016      27th University Exhibition. Juror: James Hyde. Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL, USA.
2016      18/8.9. Curator: Brittni Winkler. Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, FL, USA.
2015      In this Moment. Curator: Marie Vickles. Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami, FL, USA.
2015      7th Biennial. Curator: Marissa Pascucci, Elizabeth Cerejido. Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL, USA.
2015      Escape. Curator: Nikolaos Yulis. Gallery 1310, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA.
2014      Pixel Box. Curator: Carmen Tiffany. Wolfsonian Museum FIU, Miami, FL, USA.
2014      Manifest Destiny. Curator: Marie Vickles. Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami, FL, USA.
2014      Freshly Squeezed. Curator: Jesus Petroccini. Foto33 & Dina Mitrani Gallery, Miami, FL, USA.
2013      6th Biennial. Curator: H. Braithwaite, Gean Moreno. Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL, USA.
2013      Too Much is not Enough. Curator: Marie Vickles. Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami, FL, USA.
2013      (Un)common Traces. Dwelling Projects & ActivistArtistA, Boynton Beach, FL, USA.
2013      Paper Plane. Dwelling Projects & ActivistArtistA, Boynton Beach, FL, USA.
2013      Art Bravo. ArtSERVE, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA.
2013      Faces Exposed. ArtSERVE, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA.
2013      Converging. North Hall Gallery, Davie, FL, USA.
2012      Exposures. North Hall Gallery, Davie, FL, USA.
2012      At Your Own Risk. Broward College Fine Arts Gallery, Davie, FL, USA.
2011      Photography. North Hall Gallery, Davie, FL, USA.
2011      From Here…. Broward College Fine Arts Gallery, Davie, FL, USA.
2011      Be Inspired!. Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA.

Residencies


2019      100 W Corsicana - Corsicana, TX, USA.
2018      Elsewhere Museum - Greensboro, NC
2017      Fågelbo Artist Residency - WILDBEAST Collective, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA.
2013      To Ecuador and Back! Artist Residency - Dwelling Projects & DeFactors, Manglar Alto, Santa Elena, Ecuador

Awards


2019      Knight Arts Challenge Miami - The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami, FL, USA.
2019      South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship - Broward County Cultural Division, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA.
2019      Florida Prize in Contemporary Art - Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL, USA.
2019      Creative Investment Program Grant- Broward County Cultural Division, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA.
2019      Navarro Council for the Arts Residency Grant – Navarro County, Corsicana, TX, USA.
2019      100 W Residency Funding Award - 100 W, Corsicana, TX, USA.
2018      Juror’s Pick Award - 2018 Florida Biennial, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL, USA.
2016      Honorable Mention Award - RE: Produce, Bailey Contemporary Arts, Pompano Beach, FL, USA.
2013      Faces Exposed Best in Show Award - ArtServe, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA.
2013      Art Bravo First Place Award - ArtServe, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA.
2012      Merit Award - Fine Arts Gallery, Broward College, Davie, FL, USA.