Represented Artist

Yanira Collado

Born 1975, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Yanira Collado, 2021
Yanira Collado - Echague detail
Untitled/echague (detail), 2019, oil pastel, textile, carbon paper, pine wood, 18 x 72 x 13 inches

Yanira Collado's work attempts to assemble a visual language that reconciles the process in which the history of this information is recorded, stored, and retrieved.

Selected Works

These are a selected group of works and installation photographs. For a complete list of available works please contact us.

Yanira Collado

Yanira Collado is interested in the reconfiguration of objects that speak metaphorically of time. Her use of construction materials summons the perception of a displaced personal and public history. As a child, Collado traveled between social structures: from Brooklyn, where she was born; to the Dominican Republic; to Miami, where her mother worked to become a tailor.

In her practice, Collado displays an awareness of language conveyed through a keen analysis of identity, the latter referenced in her use of reclaimed literary texts and textiles, simultaneously opposed by various construction materials: wood, concrete, masonry brick, iron, and drywall. Materials with inherent geographic histories, processes, and economies imply varying degrees of personalized and public memory.

As Yanira describes. “My work attempts to assemble a visual language that reconciles the process in which the history of this information is recorded, stored, and retrieved. I am interested in the labor inherent in these materials and the shapes taken during their transitions, which conjure up invocations, ritual, a transcendence of presence, and in many ways, fragments becoming whole.”


Her artist residency fellowships include Bridge Red Art Center, North Miami, FL (2013-present), Project Row Houses, Houston, TX (2018), Oolite Arts, Miami Beach, FL (2019 – present), and the Joan Mitchell Foundation residency in New Orleans, LA (2020). She was awarded a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship in 2021, and Ellie Creator Grant from Oolite in 2019, first place in the 2013 South Florida Biennial at the Art and Cultural Center/Hollywood, FL, and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship in 2018. Her work has been featured in group shows around the country including Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL; El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY; PRIZM Art Fair, Miami, FL; Storage Project Space, New York, NY; Oolite Arts, Miami Beach, FL; Project Row Houses, Houston, TX; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, FL; The Franklin, Chicago, IL; Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL; and NOVA University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Collado’s work was pictured in’s Critic’s Pick, accompanying the review of Fragment, a group exhibition at Emerson Dorsch. In 2016, Collado had a one-person exhibit at the Museum of Art + Design at Miami Dade College, in collaboration with Bridge Red Studios. She had solo exhibitions with Dimensions Variable, Under the Bridge and Farside Gallery in 2018. In 2019, an interview with her and Onajide Shabaka, mediated by Ryan N. Dennis, was published in BOMB Magazine. Her work is in the collections of Perez Art Museum Miami and El Museo del Barrio. Collado lives and works in North Miami, FL. She is represented by Emerson Dorsch Gallery. 




b. 1975 Brooklyn, NY

Lives and works in Miami, FL




Areíto/ Allusions of Sacred Geometry and Diaspora, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston, IL


Alchemic Chants/ Reliquías Fragmentadas, Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL 


If they knew these things, Reliquías/Ocultadas, Dimensions Variable, Miami, FL


Penumbras, Under the Bridge Art Space, Miami, FL 

Viento brujo, Farside Gallery, Miami, FL 


Original Conditions, MDC Museum of Art + Design/Bridge Red Studios, Miami, FL


Tivio Esta…and always the same, Farside Gallery, Miami, FL 




Under the Florida Sun: South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Visual and

Media Artists, curated by Mikhaile Solomon, Schmidt and Ritter Art Gallery, Florida

Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL                                                                               

Exhibition Diverse Networks, Curate by Laura Marsh, Oolite Arts, Miami Beach, FL    

Performance 4 Ways: MY BODY, MY RULES, Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL.     

Estamos Bien, La Trienal, El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY

Collado/Villarino, Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York, NY


Idioms and Taxonomies, Curated by Laura Marsh, Oolite Arts, Miami Beach, FL

Storage_, Storage Project Space, New York, NY

Local Global, Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance, Miami, FL

AIM Biennial, Miami, FL


Fragment, Curated by Tyler Emerson Dorsch, Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL

Penumbras: narrative of presence, Project Row House, Houston, TX

Paradise Lost? Alchemy of necessity, Juxtaposition, Minneapolis, MN

The Other Half of the Sky, Girls Club, For Lauderdale, FL


Penumbras, Prizm Art Fair, Miami, FL 

Deconstruction, Frost Museum, Florida International University, Miami, FL

Outlaw Culture: or higher ground, Bridge Red Studios, Miami, FL 

Paradise Lost? Alchemy of the everyday, Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York

Monarchs, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL 

The past is more infinite than the future, Under the Bridge, Miami, FL


In Times of Uncertainty, Edge Zones, Miami, FL 

Transphysics we knew about, Prizm Art Fair, Miami, FL 


Invisible: spirits in the material world, Prizm Art Fair, Miami, FL 

Transphysics: istwa, landscapes, paisajes, Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL

Intersectionality, Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, Miami, FL

Transmissions: algoritmos, polyrhythms, karuraqmi puririnay, The Franklin, Chicago, IL

Dirt: Yuta Suelo Udongo Té, Curated by Onajide Shabaka, Florida International

University Boca Raton, FL 

Ascent: Black Women’s Expressions, Nova University, Fort Lauderdale, FL 


SAIC Alumni Exhibition, Suite Three Space, North Miami, FL 

Inscribing: meditations on time and presence, Bridge Red, Miami, FL

Socabon, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX


Third Space, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL

MIA_ATL, Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta, GA 

Ten, Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York, NY

MIA_BER, Verein Berliner Kunstler, Berlin, Germany


South Florida Biennial, Art & Culture Center of Hollywood, FL 

Palimpset, Carrol Jazzar Contemporary, Miami, FL 


Smoke Signals, Art Center South Florida, Miami Beach, FL  

Smoke Signals, Under the Bridge, Miami, FL 




Art Pace Residency, San Antonio, Texas

Foundation For the Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

Miami Individual Stipend Award


South Florida Cultural Consortium

Oolite Arts, Miami Beach, FL


Joan Mitchell Foundation Residency, New Orleans, LA (paused due to COVID-19, will resume in 2022)


Ellies Creator Award, Oolite Arts, Miami Beach, FL


Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant 


Bridge Red Art Center, North Miami, FL (2013 – present)

First prize, Miami Biennale 


African Heritage Cultural Center, Miami, FL 



Robert Thiele, Miami, FL

Steve Lanster, Miami, FL

Leyden Rodriguez Casanova and Frances Trombly Directors, Dimensions Variable, Miami, FL

Amy Morton, Atlanta, GA 

Karen + Harold Rifas, Miami, FL 

Christine J. Taplin, Miami Beach, FL



El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY

Ooilte Arts, Miami, FL

Peréz Art Museum, Miami, FL 

Girls Club, Hollywood, FL 

Mosquera Family Collection, Miami, FL 



FORM, Visiting Artist panel discussion, El Museo Del Barrio, New York, NY


Visiting Artist Lecture, Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, LA


LATINX conference, Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL 

Artist talk, Bridge Red Studios, Miami, FL

Public lecture, Project Row house, TX

Lecture Series, Under the Bridge, Miami, FL 

Artist Lecture Series, Florida International University, Miami, FL


Artist Conference, Spady Museum, DelRey Beach, FL 


Public Workshop, Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL


Public presentation, Project Row House, Houston, TX

The Franklin Space, Chicago, IL




Edra Soto, The LatinX Project, The Sacred Geometries of Yanira Collado, May 10, 2022

Yiming Fu, Review: Areíto/ Allusions of Sacred Geometry and Diaspora, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston, IL

Yanira Collado’s Alchemic Chants/Reliquias Fragmentadas, Alexandra Martinez, 

Yiming Fu, The North Western, New Noyes Cultural Arts Center installation ‘Areito’ explores Caribbean cultural practices and folkloric traditions


Kaylie Felsberg, 21 Standout Shows to See During Miami Art Week, Artsy Editorial, November 24th, 2021

Sarah Rose Sharp, El Museo Acquires Seven Artworks from La Trienal 2021


Valentina de liscia, El Museo’s Triennial Gathers Works That Defy Pervasive Stereotypes Mapped onto Latinx Art, Hyperallergic, 27 April 2020,

Nicole Martinez, 10 LatinX Artists to watch At el Museos del Barrio’s Trienal, Artsy,

Estamos Bien, La Trienial, Catalogue 

Fishman, George. “A New Era for Oolite Arts.” Miamiherald, Miami Herald, 25 Aug. 2020, 2020. Pérez Art Museum Miami Buys Art From Local Galleries To Bolster Cultural Sector. [online] Available at:

Estape, Taylor. “Oolite Arts’ Acquisitions Program Keeps Miami Artists Working.” Miami New Times, 4, 9 Sept. 2020,

Sirmans, Franklin. “Our Mission Is to Be Miami’s Art Museum-That’s Why We Spent $145,000 to Buy Works from Local Galleries.” The Art Newspaper, The Art Newspaper, 26 May, 2020

“Pérez Art Museum Miami Acquires Eight Artworks from Miami-Based Galleries for Permanent Collection.” PAMM,  

News, Artnet. “The Pérez Art Museum Miami Is Closed, But It Still Went on a Buying Spree at Local Miami Art Galleries.” Artnet News, Artnet News, 22 May 2020, 


“Seeing the Obvious, Revealing the Hidden: Yanira Collado in Conversation with Onajide Shabaka,” BOMB Magazine, June 4, 2019. Last accessed online April 2, 2020: Oroza, Ernesto, Beta, publication for Penumbras exhibition, January 27, 2019


Fishman, George. “Monarchs”, The Miami Herald, Visual Arts, July 13, Pg       1,2 Galpin, Amy, Deconstruction catalogue, July 10, Pg 4


Dennis, Ryan N., Art, economics and Biscayne, The Miami Rail, Spring


Turner, Elisa, In Turbulent Times, Hamptons Art Hub, Nov 30

shabaka, Onajide, Dirt Yuta Suelo Udongo Te, FAU catalogue Pg. 20-21 

Fishman, Scott, Sun Sentinel, Black history put emphasis on women, Feb 29

Lane, Nicole, Third Coast Review, Interview with curator, May 24 

Reichert, Elliot J. New City Art, the sun is bright in Florida, June 1


The Back Drop catalogue, Girls Club, September 


M’Bow, Babacar, Third Space MOCA Catalogue, MOCA Museum, Dec 

2013 Art Pulse Magazine “Palimsest” December, Pg. 96-97 

Tschida, Anne, One Gallery, Two shows, 2 locations, Knights Arts, Oct 12

2012 Tschida, Anne, “Building Bridges” Biscayne Times, June 6, Pg. 68-69 

Perez, Henry, “Featured Artist” MiamiARTzine, June 8 


1994 – 1998    The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL  

1992 – 1994    New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL


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