Represented Artist

Yanira Collado

Born 1975, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Yanira Collado, 2021
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. 



Born in Brooklyn, NY 1975
Lives and works in Miami, FL


2020 if they knew these things, Reliquias/Ocultadas, Dimensions Variable, Miami, FL

2018 Penumbras, Under the Bridge Art Space, Miami, FL
Viento brujo, Farside Gallery, Miami, FL

2016 Original Conditions, MDC Museum of Art + Design/Bridge Red Studios, Miami, FL

2015 Tivio Esta…and always the same, Farside Gallery, Miami, FL


2021 Performance 4 Ways: MY BODY, MY RULES, Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL
Estamos Bien, La Trienal, El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY

2020 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

2019 Fragment, 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

2018 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

2017 In time of Uncertainty, Edge Zones, Miami, FL
Transphysics we knew about, Prizm Art Fair, Miami, FL

2016 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, Florida International University, Boca Raton, FL
Ascent: Black Women’s Expressions, Nova University, Fort Lauderdale, FL

2015 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

2014 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

2013 South Florida Biennial, Art & Culture Center of Hollywood, FL
Palimpsest, Carrol Jazzar Contemporary, Miami, FL

2012 Smoke Signals, Art Center South Florida, Miami Beach, FL
Smoke Signals, Under the Bridge, Miami, FL

2020 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,

2019 “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

2018 Fishman, George. “Monarchs”, The Miami Herald, Visual Arts, July 13, Pg 1,2 Galpin, Amy, Deconstruction catalogue, July 10, Pg 4

2017 Dennis, Ryan N., Art, economics and Biscayne, The Miami Rail, Spring

2016 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

2015 The Back Drop catalogue, Girls Club, September

2014 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

2020 Joan Mitchell Foundation Residency, New Orleans, LA (paused due to COVID-19, will resume in 2021)
2013 – present Bridge Red Art Center, North Miami, FL
2011 – 2012 African Heritage Cultural Center, Miami, FL

2018 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant
2013 First prize, Miami Biennale

1994 – 1998 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL
1992-1994 New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL

2020 Visiting Artist Lecture, Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, LA
2019 LATINX conference, Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL
2019 Artist talk, Bridge Red Studios, Miami, FL
2019 Public lecture, Project Row house, TX
2019 Lecture Series, Under the Bridge, Miami, FL
2019 Artist Lecture Series, Florida International University, Miami, FL
2018 Artist Conference, Spady Museum, DelRey Beach, FL
2017 Public Workshop, Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL
2015 Public presentation, Project Row House, Houston, TX
2015 The Franklin Space, Chicago, IL


Cricket Taplin, Surfside, FL
Marie Elena Angulo & Henry Zarb, Miami, FL
Marcela Guerrero, Whitney Museum Curator, New York, NY
Candida Alvarez, Chicago, IL
Robert Thiele, Miami, FL
Steve Lanster, Miami, FL
Leyden Rodriguez Casanova, Frances Trombley Directors, Dimensions Variable, Miami, FL
Amy Morton, Atlanta, GA
Karen + Harold Rifas, Miami, FL


Ooilte Arts, Miami, FL
Peréz Art Museum, Miami, FL
Girls Club, Hollywood, FL
Mosquera Family Collection, Miami, FL


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