I’m thrilled to announce that our featured visual artist this month is Kai Margarida-Ramirez. We’ve shown Kai’s work before and it’s always a delight to see on the walls and to hear her speak about her process and technique. Working in cut paper, Kai plays with memory using traditional materials in new and surprising ways, often exploring her own family lore.
Here’s her bio:
Kai Margarida-Ramirez is a mixed-media and mixed-heritage artist. Drawing from her Puerto Rican and New Mexican roots, she has been showing nationally since 2009. Her work is in the permanent collection of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in New Mexico, where she returned in 2014 for the exhibition Papel! Pico, Rico y Chico. In 2011 her work was exhibited alongside Pepón Osorio and Amalia Mesa-Bains in Latino/a Imaginary: Intersection of Word and Image at 516 ARTS in Albuquerque. That same year, Kai attended Emerging Indigenous Voices: A New Generation of Artists, an artist residency in San Francisco. In 2014, Kai was an Artist Fellow at the de Young Museum, in partnership with the Galería de la Raza, for Paper and Blade: Storytelling Under the Knife. Other recent exhibitions include Before at The Kitchen in New York, I’ll Show You Mine: Contemporary Artists Explore Family Portraiture at the Palo Alto Art Center, Borderlands at the University of South Dakota Art Gallery, Art Not Without___ at Amos Eno Gallery in Brooklyn, Radiant Geometries at Skylight Gallery in New York, and New Work New York, the 1st biennial survey of work by New York City MFA students and recent graduates. Kai received her MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons the New School for Design in 2014 and is based in Brooklyn, New York.