Beatriz Cortez and Rafa Esparza, Nomad 13, 2017. Adobe bricks, steel, concrete, hammer, plastic, paper, soil, and plants: corn, black bean, prickly pear, sorghum, amaranth, quinoa, chayote squash, chia, chili pepper, yerba buena, yerba santa, sage, and ceiba tree. 104 x 84 x 96 in. (264.16 x 213.36 x 243.84 cm). Installation view, Mundos Alternos, UCR ARTSblock, Riverside, CA, September 16, 2017–February 4, 2018. Courtesy of UCR ARTSblock. Photo: Nikolay Maslov.

Beatriz Cortez

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Beatriz Cortez (b. 1970, San Salvador, El Salvador) works in San Fernando, California. Cortez received her BA in Latin American history from Arizona State University, in 1994; MA in literature from Arizona State University, in 1996; PhD in literature and cultural Studies from Arizona State University, in 1999; MA in studio art from California State University, Northridge, in 2013; and MFA from California Institute of the Arts, in 2015. She has had solo exhibitions at the Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles (2016); Cerritos College Art Gallery, Norwalk, California (2016); and Centro Cultural de España de El Salvador, San Salvador (2014), among others. Group exhibitions include Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California (2017); Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California (2017); Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Quito, Ecuador (2016); Sala Nacional de Exposiciones Salarrué, San Salvador (2016); Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (2016); and Centro Cultural de España, Ciudad de Guatemala (2015). She is a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant (2018) and California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists (2017).