Lina Puerta examines the relationship between nature and the body. She utilizes a wide variety of materials in her sculpture — concrete, clay, resin, wood, foam, fabric, craft, artificial plants, paper pulp and handmade paper; craft and recycled items. With these materials she creates textural forms and compositions that blend the human-made world with the natural, exploring notions of control, consumerism and life's fragility. Her artistic process is in great part guided by the physical qualities of the materials, their textures, forms and colors; and informed by concepts of femininity, fashion, sexuality and artificiality.

Puerta (born in NJ and raised in Colombia) lives and works in New York City. She holds an MS in Art Education from Queens College/CUNY and is recipient of several residencies and grants including: the 2017 NYFA Fellowship, 2016 Dieu Donné Workspace Residency, Artprize-8 Sustainability Award, 2015 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant, 2015 Kohler Arts Industry Residency (WI), 2014-15 Keyholder Residency at the Lower East Side Printshop, 2013-14 Smack Mellon Art Studio Program, 2014 Materials for the Arts, 2013 Wave Hill Winter Workspace and the 2010 Emerging Artist Fellowship at Socrates Sculpture Park in New York. Exhibition venues include: The Museum of Biblical Art, El Museo del Barrio, Socrates Sculpture Park, Wave Hill, Geary Contemporary, NYC and Pi-Artworks in London. Puerta's work has been written about in Hyperallergic, The New York Times, Wilder Quarterly, Sculpture Magazine and Artnet News among others.


  • 1995-1998 Master of Science in Art Education, Queens College, NY
  • 1988-1992 Bachelor of Arts, Wells College, Aurora, NY
  • 1990-1991 Institute Lorenzo de Medici, Florence, Italy


  • Upcoming Solo, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY, March-April, 2018
  • MANIGUA from the Botánico Series, a site-specific installation for The Miller Theatre at Columbia University in collaboration with The UPTOWN Triennal of the Wallach Art Gallery, August, July 17,2017 - June, 2018
  • Within/Without, Geary Contemporary, NY, NY, February - March, 2017
  • Lina Puerta: TRACES, Jack Geary Contemporary, New York, NY February - April, 2015 (Catalog)
  • La Muerte de un Arbol (The Death of a Tree), Residency Exhibition, Materials for the Arts, LIC, NY Dec. 2014
  • Lina Puerta: Natura, The Sage Colleges: Opalka Gallery, Albany, NY August, 31 – October 2009 – (Catalog)
  • Nacimientos, Tribes Gallery, New York, NY, May 2005.


  • Dark and Stormy Night: The Gothic in Contemporary Art, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY, October 28th 2017 - February 10th 2018
  • "Site & Survey: The Architecture of Landscape. Patrick Van Caekenbergh, Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson, Lina Puerta" Richmond Center for Visual Arts at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, January 18 - March 11, 2018 (Upcoming)
  • "Nature is Back!" curated by Jodie DiNapoli, H Gallery, Paris, France. September 6th - October 7th, 2017
  • Workspace Residency exhibit, Dieu Donné, Brooklyn, NY June 7 - August 18, 2017 -
  • The 20th Anniversary Show, curated by Charlotta Kotik. Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY, November 12 - December 31, 2016
  • "American Histories", curated by Alexandra Schwartz. PI Artworks, London, UK, November 18, 2016 - January 7, 2016
  • "RE - ArtPrize 8", The Fed Galleries at KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI, August 30 - October 15, 2016
  • "Field Studies", TSA, Bushwick, NY July-August, 2016
  • "Permeate the House", The Hollows Artspace, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY March- April 2016
  • "The (Not) So Secret Life of Plants", Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark, NJ August -December, 2015
  • "Wild", Gallery Nine 5, New York, NY June 18 - August 30, 2015
  • "No Rush, No Dawdle" curated by artist Dahlia Elsayed. The Lower East Side Printshop, March 18 - May 17th, 2015
  • "(Un)Mediated" curated by David Rios Ferreira and Christine Walia, Kunsthalle Projects, Brooklyn, NY November 1 - December 13, 2014
  • "Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden" curated by Jennifer Scanlan, Museum of Biblical Art, NY June 27- September 28, 2014 (Catalog)
  • "Eden" Odetta Gallery, Bushwick, NY July 5 - August 25, 2014
  • "Barely There" curated by Vadis Turner, Jack Geary Contemporary, NY, NY June 26 - July 25, 2014
  • "Mating Season" The Lodge Gallery, NY, NY June 5 - July 5, 2014
  • "Prickly, Tender and Steamy: Artists in the Hothouse" Wave Hill, Bronx NY, April-May 2014 (Catalog)
  • "Select 2014" Washington Project for the Arts, Washington DC, February-March 2014
  • "Three Years, Three Days" curated by Koan Jeff Baysa, NOoSPHERE Arts, NY, February 2014
  • "Black Beans/Liquid Gold" Galerie R31, Berlin, Germany, September 2013
  • 8 to 8: State of Creative Emergency, curated by Blanka Amezkua. Union Square Park, NY, September, 2012
  • Masquelibros Fair, organized by Triplica Equipo and the UNED, Madrid, June, 2012
  • Puebla Ciudad Mural, Mural Project with Colectivo Tomate, Puebla, Mexico. April 2012
  • Pinta Art Fair, with Praxis International Gallery, New York, NY. November 2011
  • "Heart Beats" Praxis International Gallery, New York, NY October13-29, 2011 – Three woman show
  • El Museo’s Bienal: The S-Files 2011, El Museo del Barrio, NY, NY – June 2011 - January 2012 –
  • Here, There and Everywhere 2011: The Art of Collaboration organized by by the Transcultural Exchange Hampden Gallery at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, March - April, 2011 –
  • “Observed, Imagined and Re/created” Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx Council for the Arts – Jan. - May 2011 –
  • "New York Fiber in the 21st Century" curated by Dr. Sandra Sider, Lehman College Art Gallery Feb 2011 –
  • EAF10: 2010 Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition, Socrates Sculpture Park, NY Sept. 2010 - March 2011
  • “Weaving in and Out” organized by No Longer Empty, Curated by Jodie Dinapoli, Ella Levitt, and Manon Slome with Trinidad Fombella from El Museo del Barrio, at The Tapestry Building, NYC June, 2010
  • “Blossom/ En Flor” Permanent Public Fountain & Sculpture, Modesto Flores Garden, East Harlem, NY-June 2010
  • "Lip/Stick" Praxis International Art Gallery, New York, NY. June –July, 2009 –
  • "Material Culture" Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY Dec. 5, 2007 - Feb. 7, 2008 –
  • "Making Good Luck" Y Gallery, Queens, NY, October 2007 –
  • "Abrazadas & Abrasadas" Galeria Espacio Abierto, La Habana, Cuba; Summer 2007 –
  • "Agua Viva" Taller Boricua, New York, NY, January 2006. – Two Person Show
  • "Confesiones desde el Vientre" (confessions from the womb): sculptures based on the personal experiences of Latin American women from the community of Queens, Manuel de Dios Unanue Park, Jackson Heights, Queens, NY, September - November 2004. – Solo Public Art Work


  • 2017 NYFA Fellowship in the Crafts/Sculpture category, NY, NY
  • 2017 21C Museum Hotels and The Southern Foodways Alliance - Art Residency and Commission, Oxford, MS
  • 2017 Joan Mitchell Artist Residency, New Orleans, LA (Upcoming)
  • 2016 Artprize Eight Sustainability Award, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 2016 Dieu Donné Artist Residency, New York, NY,
  • 2015 Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painters and Sculptors Grant, USA,
  • 2015 John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Residency, Sheboygan, WI,
  • 2014-15 Lower East Side Print Shop, Keyholder Artist Residency, NY, NY
  • 2014 Materials for the Arts, Artist Residency, LIC, NY
  • 2013 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant Nominee, New York, NY
  • 2013-14 Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program and Fellowship, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2013 Wave Hill Winter Workspace Residency, Bronx, NY
  • 2010 EAF- Emerging Artist Fellowship, Socrates Sculpture Park, LIC, NY
  • 2009/10 Urban Artist’s Initiative/NYC Fellowship
  • 2009 The Association of Hispanic Arts’ "East Harlem Artist Grant".
  • 2006 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Grant for Public Art Project: "Seed of Growth" (re-titled: Blossom) in Spanish Harlem. Inaugurated June of 2010
  • 2004 Queens Council for the Arts Grant for the Public art project: "Seven sculptures based on the personal experiences of Latin American women from Jackson Heights"
  • 1992 Gertrude H. Freiert Prize in Fine Arts, Wells College, NY