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Meet Peruvian Artist William Cordova

Florida Prize winner William Cordova with one of his untitled works. (Orlando Museum of Art).

Meet Peruvian visual artist William Cordova (b. 1971).

Born in Lima, Peru, William Cordova pushes art outside the boundaries of conventionality by exploring the cultural, linguistic, and economic differences that lie within humanity. He manifests these concepts by incorporating scraps of raw material in his drawings and sculptures while conducting an idiosyncratic relationship with organic, natural colors. Expressive use of urban objects – sometimes alluding to locations of historical significance – further reflect his times spent in major American cities including Houston, Chicago, and New York.

Having earned a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University, Cordova holds an international reputation as an artist. His works have been displayed in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru; Yale Art Gallery, Connecticut; La Casa de las Americas, Cuba; Ellipse Foundation, Portugal, and much more. He has held numerous residencies across the U.S. and Germany.

Until recently, his works were presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York) as part of the Pacha/Llapqta/Wasichay Exhibition, which highlighted prominent American-based Latinx artists with a series of works that “[investigate] contemporary art practices that preserve and foreground Indigenous American notions of the built environment and natural world” (Whitney).

He currently splits his time between Lima, Miami, and New York.

View his profile on Artsy here.

Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City. Her curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not working, you can find her meandering in art museums or sampling food at the street markets.

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