In the Gallery


Xavier Cortada, “(Florida is…) Florida Panthers,” archival ink on aluminum, 8′ x 20′, 2015


a solo show by

Xavier Cortada
opens on

Thursday, October 5th, 2017
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
(program begins at 7:30 pm)


Hibiscus Gallery
Pinecrest Gardens

11000 S.W. 57th Avenue
Pinecrest, FL 33156


Exhibit runs September 7th through November 19th, 2017



Xavier Cortada, “(Florida is…) Wood storks,” archival ink on aluminum, 60″ x 40”, 2016


“Florida Is…” by Xavier Cortada

Join us on Thursday, Ocober 5th at 6:30 pm at the Hibiscus Gallery in Pinecrest Gardens for the opening of Xavier Cortada’s “Florida is…”   In his inaugural art exhibit as Pinecrest Gardens artist-in-residence, Cortada portrays Florida’s environment to connect viewers with our state’s natural beauty.

Exhibit runs September 7th through November 19th, 2017

Conceptualized during Xavier Cortada‘s residency at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist Residency in Captiva, Florida, “Florida is…” is an evolving body of work that depicts the natural beauty of Florida.  It asks Floridians to define their state by its actual nature, not by things we do and build to displace it.  Some “Florida is…” works hang as public art in public venues, admonishing viewers to find better ways to coexist with nature.

The project invites participants to capture and share their images and perspectives on the project’s online platform. Help others understand and appreciate Florida’s natural beauty.  Upload an image of your favorite animal, plant or place to www.floridaisnature.com and tell us why we should all care for it and strive to protect it.  We will share it on our website and social media.  We will also ask you to help us spread the word and get others to see that “Florida is… Nature.”

You can learn more about the artist by visiting www.cortada.com


Xavier Cortada, High Noon diatom series, Luster, archival ink on aluminum, 2015


Florida is… exhibition events at Pinecrest Gardens include:

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen and the International SeaKeepers Society host the closing of “Florida Is…” exhibition
October 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

“Florida is Nature” Artist Talk in Pinecrest Gardens: “FLORIDA IS… Mangroves”
October 16th @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Senator José Javier Rodríguez and Miami Waterkeeper present “Florida is…” Exhibit Preview and Conservation Talk
October 19th @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm


“Radiant” Archival Ink on Aluminum, 2015