“Beatriz Cortez is a monumental sculptor, and I say that with respect to her materials, her scale, and her importance. Her works connect cultures and species across space and time.” – Anuradha Vikram, Independent Curator and writer
“Cortez’s labor-intensive sculptures imagine future realms while remaining grounded in a deep knowledge of and pluralistic approach to history and material.” – Katia Zavistovski, Assistant Curator, Modern Art at LACMA
Beatriz Cortez is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. She has received the Frieze LIFEWTR Inaugural Sculpture Prize (2019), Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (2018), and California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists (2016), among others. She holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and a doctorate in Latin American Literature from Arizona State University. She teaches at California State University, Northridge. Beatriz Cortez is represented by Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. Beatriz Cortez’s work explores simultaneity, life in different temporalities and versions of modernity, memory and loss in the aftermath of war and the experience of migration, and in relation to imagining possible futures.
Beatriz Cortez is the recipient of the 2020 Los Angeles Artadia Award supported by Capital Group.