Abinadi Meza

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Sound artist Abinadi Meza performing at Sinel de Cordes Palace, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, 2013
Sound performance, Austin, Texas (USA) 2012

Abinadi Meza (born 1977 in Austin, Texas) is a contemporary visual artist, sound artist, conceptual artist and filmmaker whose work references spatial and temporal perception, politics, and transformation. His paintings, sound art, videos, and installations have been presented at venues across North America and Europe,[1] including the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Dunaújváros, Hungary; FILE Festival, São Paulo, Brazil; MAXXI, Rome, Italy; Helicotrema Festival, Venice, Italy; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Team Titanic, Berlin; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; Sonorities Festival, Belfast, Northern Ireland; FACT, Liverpool; La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; and Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Portugal. Meza uses ephemeral materials such as text and sound to create transformative spaces[2] and explore relationships regarding individuals and social context.[3] As a young artist Meza studied Butoh with master teachers from Japan, Europe and South America.[4] Later he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls (1999); a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (2004); and an Master of Architecture degree from SCI-Arc, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles (2009).

Meza is currently a professor of Interdisciplinary Practices and Emerging Forms in the School of Art at the University of Houston. In 2014 he was awarded a Rome Prize in Visual Art by the American Academy in Rome.[5]

Meza has said he approaches sound as material: "it’s plastic – you can smear it, stretch it, sharpen it...I treat it like clay."[6]

Film Exhibitions[edit]

  • Salt Lake City Film Festival (US)
  • Aesthetica Short Film Festival (UK)
  • Sheffield Fringe: Film At The Intersection of Art & Documentary (UK) [7]
  • Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival (Germany) [8]
  • Simultan Festival (Romania)
  • Dingle International Film Festival (Ireland) [9]
  • Videomedeja Festival (Serbia) [10]
  • Atlanta Film Festival (US) [11]
  • New Filmmakers New York (US)
  • Cannes Art Film Festival (France)[12]
  • Wellington Underground Film Festival (New Zealand)
  • Athens International Film + Video Festival (US) [13]
  • Noordelijk Film Festival (Netherlands)
  • MIA [Moving Image Art] (Chicago, Pasadena)

Sound Art Exhibitions[edit]

  • FILE (São Paulo)
  • Hipersonica (São Paulo)
  • Scaniaparken (Mälmo)
  • ANTI (Finland)
  • Spark Festival (Minneapolis)
  • Sonorities (Belfast)
  • Ende Tymes Festival of Noise and Experimental Liberation (Brooklyn)
  • Northern Spark (Minneapolis)
  • Helicotrema (Venice)
  • Radiophrenia (Glasgow)
  • Deep Wireless (Toronto)
  • Radio Kinesonus (Tokyo)
  • Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
  • MAXXI (Rome)


  1. ^ "A Space For Live Art: Culture Programme of the European Commission". Archived from the original on 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2011-08-02.
  2. ^ Irish Museum of Modern Art: Abinadi Meza (USA) Archived June 24, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Opsound, New York Archived July 28, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Debating the Darkness: Talking Film with Abinadi Meza (NY Arts Magazine)
  5. ^ UH Art Professor Abinadi Meza Receives Prestigious Rome Prize. University of Houston, 17 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  6. ^ Listening to Light: A Conversation With Sound Artist Abinadi Meza (Arts+Culture Texas Magazine)
  7. ^ Sheffield Fringe: Film At The Intersection of Art & Documentary
  8. ^ Kassel Dokfest
  9. ^ Dingle International Film Festival
  10. ^ Videomedeja Festival[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Atlanta Film Festival Interviews Experimental Filmmakers
  12. ^ Cannes Art Film Festival
  13. ^ [1]

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