Gladys Triana was born in Camagüey, Cuba in 1935 and moved from Madrid to NYC in 1975 and has lived in the city ever since. She studied etching at the School of San Fernando in Madrid and has a Masters degree from Long Island University. She has twice received The Oscar B. Cintas Fellowship, first in 1993-94 and later in 2010-11. She has also received The Joan Mitchell Foundation CALL program in 2013-2014. Her work is developed in a variety of mediums such as paintings, drawings, sculpture, video and in more recent years also photography.
Triana describes her artistry as ”that way of looking at things reveals my need to freely make my own rules, to break with set patterns, to rebel in my daily life and in the creative process, to break with set patterns. I have never followed any school, nor established norms. Within this private and analytic world was born my attempt to express myself with implements accessible to me—pencil and paper. I am a self-taught artist”.
Selected solo exhibitions: 2013 – Gladys Triana Meditation/Space, H. Pelam Curtis Gallery (New Canaan, Connecticut, USA), 2012 – Games in the Dark, Hardcore Art Contemporary Space (Miami, Florida, USA), 2008 – Stillness, Photography, Signature Gallery (Miami, Florida, USA), Each Time is Now, Signature Gallery (Miami, Florida, USA), 2006 – Dibujo en Dos Tiempos, Museo Francisco Goitía (Zacatecas, México), 2005 – Gladys Triana, New Photography, Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University (New York, New York, USA), 2004 – Confluencias Museo de la Ciudad (Queretaro, México), Confluencias, Centro Cultural Casa del Diezmo (Celaya, México), 2003 – Cada Vez es Ahora, Centro Cultural Recoleta (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1997 – Gladys Triana Paintings, Konstcentrum I (Ronneby, Sweden), 1991- Path to Memory, Museo de Arte Moderno (Santo Domingo, República Dominicana), 1988 – Gladys Triana Drawings and Paintings, Cuban Museum of Art and Culture (Miami, Florida, USA), 1975 – Drawings by Gladys Triana, Intar Gallery (New York, New York, USA), 1974 – Gladys Triana, Drawings and Paintings, Sarduy Gallery (New York, New York, USA), 1962 – Gladys Triana, Pinturas, Galeria El Lyceum (Habana, Cuba).
Selected group exhibitions: 2011 – Voces y Visiones: Signs, Systems &The City from the Collection at El Museo Del Barrio (New York, New York, USA), 2010 – FACES 100 Cuban Artists, photographs by Carlos Miguel Cardenes at The Freedom Tower, Miami Dade College (Miami, Florida, USA), 2009 – Cintas Fellowship Exhibition, The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum (Miami, Florida, USA), 2003 – Contemporary Cuban Art in New York, Bill Maynes Gallery (New York, New York, USA), 1999 – Prints by Latin American Masters from the Ulla and Greger Olsson Art Collection, Château d’Argenteuil (Waterloo, Belgium), 1993 – Miami Art-93, Convention Center, Gary Nader Gallery (Miami, Florida, USA), 1986 – Two of the New, Museo del Barrio (New York, New York, USA), 1974 – Group Show, Cisneros Gallery (New York, New York, USA), 1964 – Salón Nacional de Pintura Y Escultura, Homenaje a Fidelio Ponce de León, Palacio de Bellas Artes (Habana, Cuba).
Selected museum and private Collections: Museo del Barrio (New York, New York, USA), Museum of Arts (Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA), Museo de Bellas Artes (Habana, Cuba), Museo de Bellas Artes (Santiago de Chile, Chile), Museo de la Ciudad (Querétaro, México), The Bronx Museum of the Arts (Bronx, New York, USA), Museo de Arte Moderno (Santo Domingo, República Dominicana), Centro Cultural Tijuana, CECUT (Tijuana, México), Centro Cultural Recoleta (Buenos Aires Argentina), Museo de Ciudad Queretaro (México), Museo Francisco Goitia Zacatecas (México), Museo Contemporaneo de Aguascalientes (México), Museo de Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Luag Latino American Artist/Photographers Collection, Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA), Queens College Collection (Queens, New York, USA), Asian American Art Center (New York, New York), Alan Hamburger Collection (Atlanta, Georgia, USA), The Olsson Art Collection (Sweden).