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Yaima Carrazana | Cuba

Born in 1981 in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba,
Lives & works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Painting, installation, video, performance

Trained initially as a painter, Yaima Carrazana moves freely among various media and formats such as painting, video, performance and installation. Throughout this range of media, Carrazana’s work stands out for the way it engages in a highly informed yet frequently irreverent dialogue with the history and discourse of contemporary art. Creating work that explores the unstable limits between what is considered art and what is not, Carrazana weaves a delicate web of commentary on the contexts political, cultural, gender-based – that determine the way art is received and interpreted in today‘s globalized art world.

Graduated from the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro, Cuba (2003) and from the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) of Havana, Cuba (2005).

In 2005, she attends the workshop « Arte de Conducta » led by Cuban artist Tania Bruguera.

Yaima Carrazana is artist-in-residency at the Rijksakademie of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 2009-2010, and at the Felipa Manuela de Madrid, Spain, in 2012.

She is recipient of grants from the Spanish Ministerio de Cultura (2010) and from the Van den Berch van Heemstede Stichting in The Netherlands (2009).

Individual exhibitions by Yaima Carrazana

Diva of Geneva at the Studio Sandra Recio in Geneva, Switzerland (2013) ; Dating a Royal at the Galería Elba Benítez en Kvadrat in Madrid, Spain (2012) and The Golden Antelope at the Artpocalypse Collective in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2011).

Collective exhibitions

Region 0 – The Latino Video Art Festival of New York at the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU, USA (2013) ; From madonna to Madonna at the DA2, Domus Artium 2002 in Salamanca, Spain (2013) ; Punkt.Systeme – Vom Pointillismus zum Pixel at the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany (2012) ; Who More Sci-Fi Than Us at the Kunsthal KadE in Amersfoort, The Netherlands (2012) ; Círculos at the Galería Elba Benítez in Madrid, Spain (2011) ; Formally Speaking/And what shall we do with Painting in the 21st Century? at the Haifa Museum of Art in Haifa, Israël (2011) ; The Draughtsman’s Contract at the Studio Sandra Recio in Geneva, Switzerland (2011) ; Todos tenemos buen gusto at the Factoría de Arte y Desarrollo in Madrid, Spain (2011) ; dentro-fuera at the OTR Espacio de Arte in Madrid, Spain (2011) ; The fear factor at the Officina Giovani in Prato, Italy (2010) ; Unveiled Identity Unveiled at the Artpocalypse Collective in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2010) ; Out of Storage II – Rhythms at the MUDAM in Luxembourg (2009) ; Lança Cuba at the Gallery Gentil Carioca in Río de Janeiro, Brasil (2008) ; Collection of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Japan (2006) or J’en rêve at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain in Paris, France (2005).

Biennials, fairs

Yaima Carrazana also took part in Untitled, the 12th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2011) ; Impakt Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands (2011) ; fair PINTA in London, UK (2011) ; Liverpool Biennial, UK for Touched (2010) ; 10th (2009) and 9th (2006) Havana’s Biennial, Cuba and the Gwangju Biennial, South Corea (2008).


Yaima Carrazana’s artworks are included in the collections of the following institutions : MEIAC in Badajoz, Spain ; Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain in Paris, France ; MUDAM in Luxembourg or CIFO – Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, USA.


In 2005, her work is awarded the « Vision of Futur » Prize by the Spanish International Cooperation Agency (AECI) in Havana, Cuba.

Exclusive Interview with Yaima Carrazana

Yaima Carrazana answered to our questions in the framework of the exhibition Who More Sci-Fi than Us at the KAdE in Amersfoort, for which we realized a special report. Yaima described her inspirations for the serie of the Nail Polish Tutorials. She also shared more about her creative process, the links she makes between art and politics, or art and the environment of creation. Thanks to our discussion, we could engage a real debate about the essence of art itself.

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Artworks by the artist

Yaima Carrazana | An Affair in Red Square

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Yaima Carrazana | From the series: Sit and do nothing

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Yaima Carrazana | “Untitled” (Two Illustrated Histories of the Great October Socialist Revolution)

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