Luis Garcia-Nerey was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico in 1973. Growing up near the Art Center in Miami, he took an interest in art early on. He attended the New World School of the Arts and went on to pursue his studies at Long Island University, where he honed his skills in painting and sculpture. He lives and works in Miami, and has been a resident artist at the South Florida Art Center since 2007.
Whether it’s a painting, a wood-based sculpture, or an installation created with found objects, much of Garcia-Nerey’s work is based on the theory of constructionism. In his pieces, he explores how both the individual and society are influenced and created by each other. “[My work] comes from the philosophy of the Self and the Other. I believe that our existence depends on one another. I’m most interested in this interaction. I take this philosophy and apply it to what I do. As you interact with my work, you construct it and it constructs you.”
Throughout his career, Garcia-Nerey has participated in several major solo and group shows. In 2011, he was selected as a contributor for the magazine Revista Cruce, produced by the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Communications at the Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico. His work has been exhibited throughout the world and he is currently represented by galleries in Atlanta, New York, Canada, Puerto Rico and San Francisco. Most recently Garcia-Nerey has been selected for a project entitled Kollabs by the Banff Art in Residency program (BAIR) at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, founded by the University of Alberta.