Yali Romagoza's (b. in Havana, Cuba) multi-disciplinary art practice reflects on notions of feminism and identity, of power and oppression and to discuss broader issues of migration, politics and social behavior. Her personal story informs her vocabulary as an artist creating an impact at an emotional level where the intellectual, psychological and social aspects are intimately connected. After her migration to the United States in 2011 Romagoza's work explores what it is like to inhabit a space in between cultures combining different disciplines such as performance, video, installation, drawings and conceptual garments.

Romagoza is a Cuban-born artist currently based in New York City. She graduated with an MFA in Fashion from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2013-20015) and a BA in Art History from the University of Havana, (2001-2006). Her works have been included in the Gothenburg Biennial (2007), Havana Biennial (2009), Bétonsalon, Paris, (2009), Liverpool Biennial (2010). She has performed at Links Hall Theater, Chicago (2012), White Box, New York (2012), Teatro LATEA, New York (2018), Art in Odd Places, New York (2018), Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, North Carolina (2018). She premiered her documentary/video-performance/fashion “Normal Is Good (I like America and America like me)” at Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago (2015). She has collaborated with Carmelita Tropicana and Ela Troyano in “Post-Plástica”, at El Museo del Barrio, New York (2012) and “Schwanze-Beast”, Vermont Performance Lab, Vermont (2015), UCRArtsblock (2017), Queens Museum (2019). Romagoza has been granted numerous awards and residencies including Cátedra Arte de Conducta by Tania Bruguera, La Habana (2007), Bétonsalon Centred'art et de recherché, Paris, (2009), NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program (2017), New York.

 

EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts in Fashion, Body and Garment, The School of the Art Institute (SAIC), Chicago, IL, September 2013-May 2015

Bachelor in Art History, University of Havana, Havana, Cuba, September 2001- June 2006

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS & PERFORMANCES

2018 Monument to the Great Living Artist, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), North Carolina

2018 Self-Experience of Freedom and Unfreedom, Pique, Kentucky

2018 Monument to the Great Living Artist, Teatro LATEA, New York

2017 All the things she says, Galeria de la Biblioteca Publica Ruben Martinez Villena, La Habana

2015 Normal Is Good: I like America and America likes me (Installation), School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

2012 Normal Is Good: Golden Dreams in Black and White, White Box, New York

2010 Normal Is Good: Dressing boys for Andy Warhol, Galeria Origenes, La Habana

2009 Fuck the Handbag! Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, La Habana

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 SYNTHETIC ZERO, BronxArtSpace, New York (Upcoming)

2018 Art in Odd Places & Westbeth Gallery, New York

2018 Cubans: Post Truth, Pleasure and Pain, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), North Carolina

2018 Out of Control, The Border, New York

2018 Identity. Of what?, Teatro LATEA, New York

2017 Fall Open Studios, NARS Foundation, New York

2016 Yo he visto en la noche oscura (Una pelea cubana)/ I have seen through dead of night (A cuban fight), Carlos Garaicoa Open Studio 11.0, Madrid

2015 The Good Good, apartment gallery 3253, Chicago

2014 Threshold One, Garcia Squared Contemporary, Kansas

2012 Art is not Easy: Temporary Lapses and Artistic Translation, Links Hall Theater, Chicago

2010 10th Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool

2010 Profane Expressions, David Castillo Gallery, Miami

2010 Visual & Dance, alternative to Art Basel Miami, Incub8, Miami

2009 Estado de Excepción, 10th Havana Biennial, Galería HabanaLa Habana

2009 Perdiem, Bétonsalon, Paris

2008 Comikase, Casa de las Américas, La Habana

2007 4th Gothenburg Biennial of Contemporary Art, Gothenburg

2007 Masa Crítica, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, La Habana

 

FILM SCREENINGS

2018 Light Year 40: Sine Gallery, Sine Gallery and Light Year, public video projection on Manhattan Bridge, New York 

2016 Sights & Sounds && Version 3.0Dance Hall, Fire Hall, Calgary

2016 Normal Is Good (I like America and America likes me), Sometimes Art Space, La Habana

2016 Normal Is Good (I like America and America likes me), Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, La Habana

2016 #MakeAmericaGreatAgain, White Box, New York

2015 Normal Is Good (I like America and America likes me), Hyde Park Free Theater, Chicago

2016 Normal Is Good (I like America and America likes me), FVNMAS Festival, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago

 

RESIDENCIES & AWARDS

2017 NYFA Immigrant Artist Program for Performing and Literary Arts, New York

2009 Artist -in Residence, Parties Prenantes, Bétonsalon, Paris

2007 Cátedra Arte de Conducta, La Habana 

 

LECTURES & WORKSHOPS

2019 Supporting Immigrant Artists and Communities, Panel in collaboration with NYFA, No Longer Empty and Katya Grokhovsky, CAA Advancing Art & Design conference, New York.

2018 Artist Talk, Wake Forest University, North Carolina

2018 Artist Talk, Pique, Kentucky

2017 Cuban Millenials: Making and Consuming Culture in Twenty-First Century Cuba, New York University, New York

2016 How can fashion be poetic and political?, Artista x Artista, La Habana

2016 Artist Talk, Hyde Park Free Theater, Chicago

2012 Artist Talk, Museo del Barrio, New York

2011 Artist Talk, Chicago Contemporary Art Fair Chicago, Chicago