María Elena González

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María Elena González (born 1957 in Havana, Cuba) is a Cuban-American artist best known for her sculptural installations. Gonzalez was raised as Roman Catholic, but once she moved to the United States at age 11 she stopped following that religion.[1] She immigrated to the United States in 1968. [2]In 1999, González received widespread acclaim for her site-specific outdoor sculpture, Magic Carpet/Home. Commissioned by the Public Art Fund, it was originally installed in Brooklyn, New York,[3] and subsequently in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Los Angeles, California. In the summer of 2005, González was a resident faculty member at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In 2005 and 2008, she was also a Visiting Artist faculty member at the Cooper Union School of Art. She currently teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Education and awards[edit]

González received a BFA in 1979 from Florida International University, and an MA in sculpture in 1983 from San Francisco State University. She had her first solo exhibition in New York in 1991 at the Nuyorican Poets Café. González has been awarded grants from organizations that include the Cintas Foundation (1989, 1994); the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (1991, 1998); Anonymous Was a Woman (1997); the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation (1997); the Joan Mitchell Foundation (1998); the Creative Capital Foundation (1999, 2001);[4] The Cuban Artists Fund (2000); the Penny McCall Foundation (2001); and the New York State Council on the Arts (2003). She was recipient of the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome for 2003–04, and was a 2006 Guggenheim Fellow. In 2013 she won the Grand Prize at the 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia.[5]

Selected public exhibitions[edit]

Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

Public collections[edit]


  1. ^ Cotter, H. (2006, January 20). Maria Elena Gonzalez. New York Times, E36(L).
  2. ^ Princenthal, Nancy. “Maria Elena Gonzalez at Knoedler and The Project.” Art in America, vol. 94, no. 5, May 2006, pp. 188–89. EBSCOhost,
  3. ^ Magic Carpet/Home The Public Art Fund
  4. ^ Creative Capital: Maria Elena Gonzalez: Magic Carpet/Home
  5. ^ "María Elena González wins Grand Prize at 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts". 20 September 2013.
  6. ^ Knoedler & Company[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ The Contemporary Museum Honolulu "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2010-01-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  9. ^ Home-So Different, So Appealing, a LACMA and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston collaboration funded by Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA
  10. ^ The Shapes of Space-The Guggenheim Museum, New York
  11. ^ P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center presents Site and Insight: an Assemblage of Artists, a group exhibition curated by Agnes Gund

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Brillembourg, Carlos "Maria Elena González," Bomb (Winter 2002-03)
  • Chadwick, Whitney Maria Elena González: Suspension. New York: Knoedler & Company, 2008
  • Cotter, Holland "Maria Elena González," The New York Times (January 20, 2006)
  • Durant, Mary Alice Maria Elena González: Selected Works, 1996–2002. Baltimore: Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, 2002
  • Heartney, Eleanor Maria Elena González: Internal DupliCity. New York: Knoedler & Company, 2006
  • Princenthal, Nancy, et al. UnReal Estates: Maria Elena González. Houston: DiverseWorks, 2002
  • Schwendener, Martha "Maria Elena González: Art in General," Artforum (January 2004)

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