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Zuania Muñiz-Meléndez

Short Bio 

Muñiz-Meléndez, Zuania (San Juan, P.R., 1985). An artist who creates her work through the photography medium. Earned her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Photography at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. Her conceptual work emphasises in how we relate to nature and the importance of this relationship. She has participated in collective exhibitions in Puerto Rico and in USA. In 2016 her work received honorable mention by the International Photography Awards in the Portrait and Fine Art categories. Her art is part of private collections in Puerto Rico and Germany. She was recently selected to have a Solo Show at the Foundry Art Center in St. Charles, Missouri.

Education
2008
B.A. Photography, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Languages
Spanish, English, and French.

Mentor
2018 – Adlin Ríos Rigau. – Retired art professor from Universidad Sagrado Corazón, funder of Galería de Arte Sagrado Corazón and director for more than ten years, funder and director of Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico for 4 years, artist, and author of several art books.

Workshops
•“Artificial Light Workshop”
By Raúl Touzon / National Geographic and Getty Image photographer.
•“ Experiments in the Filmic: Anthropology, Cinema, and the Post-“Writing Culture” By John Jackson Jr. / Professor at University of Pennsylvania.
•“La retórica de la verdad en la fotografía: ciencia, lenguaje y museo como estrategia de ficción.” By Laura Bravo / Associate Professor UPR-Mayagüez.
•“Learn with specialised resources in heritage conservation”.  By Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative

Selected Exhibitions
2019
“Island Beauty”, Artist Advisory Board, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, Missouri.
“NEXOS: edición EE”, Artist Advisory Board, Espacio Emergente, Bayamón, Puerto Rico.
“Determinado”, Artist Advisory Board, SalaFAR, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
“Camaradas:Arte en Solidaridad.”, Juan Carlos Amador, Instituto de Subcultura, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

2018
“Correspondencias”, Vanessa Hernández, El Lobi, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
“Plural”, Ludwig Media, Sala de arte Plaza del Caribe, Ponce, Puerto Rico.
“Summer Group Show”, Arnaldo Cueto , A Cueto Gallery, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.  “Presencia” , Abdías Mendez , Canvas Gallery, Miami, Florida.
“The Essential”, Millepiani Exhibition Space, Rome, Italy.
“Colectiva de Navidad 2018”, Arnaldo Cueto, A Cueto Gallery, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.

2017
“Art Through the Lens”, Eliot Dudik, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, Kentucky. “Photography”, Taylor Lyon, Graphite Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana.

2016
“Determinado” Solo Show, Taller de Fotoperiodismo, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
“Color Burst: Contemporary Photography”, Todd Johnson, Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon.

Gallery Representation
Graphite Gallery, New Orleans.

Auctions
2017, “Cena por el MAC”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Paseo Caribe, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2019, “Subasta Silente a beneficio de la Sala Noemí Ruíz” , Penthouse Banco Popular, Hato Rey,  Puerto Rico.

Awards
2016, International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention in the Fine Art and Portrait Categories.

Press
“All the art Saint Louis”, 2019, p.1, 3, 23, 28.
• “ARTDISTRICTS FLORIDA”, 2018, p.11, p.38-41
• “Latin American Art”, 2018, p. 64-65.
• Redacción de Flash & Cultura, “La semana de ferias de arte de la ciudad floridiana contará con la participación de más de una decena de artistas puertorriqueños” El Nuevo Día, 2018, p. 58.
• Jorge Rodriguez, “Presencia artística en Florida”, El Vocero, 2018, p.26.
• “Trece artistas de Puerto Rico desembarcan en Miami con una muestra de arte”, 2018, dominicanoenelexterior.com
• “Presencia, de Puerto Rico en Miami”, 2018, dirticity.blogspot.com
• Lillian E. Agosto, “Colectivo artístico Presencia en ruta a Miami”, 2018, buenavibra.com
• Ignacio Olasagasti, “Hasta las piedras hablan”, Radio Universidad de Puerto Rico.
•“ARTPULSE”, 2018, p.15
• Judith Felicié, “Voz y Cultura”, Radio Universidad de Puerto Rico, 2018.
• “ISO + Rainbow”, 2017, oursphotomag.com
• “Average #16”, UK, 2017
• “Wotisart? 8”, UK, 2017
• Rosario Romero, “Determinado”, Visión Doble, 2016, visiondoble.net
• Javier Martínez, “Lengua, flora y fotografía en Determinado”, Autogiro, 2016, autogiro.cronicaurbana.com
• Eileen Rivera Esquilín, “Zuania Muñiz y sus imágenes escritas con luz”, Esto es el Agua, 2016, estoeselagua.com
• Arte Fusión, “20 diciembre 2016”, http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/98184751
• José Arroyo, “El lenguaje de las flores” , prpop.org

Commission
Private Collection, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Collections
Private Collections, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Private Collection, Dorado, Puerto Rico
Private Collection, Frankfurt, Germany
Private Collection, Portland, Oregon
Private Collection, St. Louis, Missouri

Galleries
Graphite Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Online Museum
ToroSiete: http://torosiete.museum/wordpress/welcome-zuania-muniz-melendez/