In the Gallery

See EPOCH Artist’s Statement  | Gallery of Works



You are cordially invited to


a solo show by

Xavier Cortada


Hibiscus Gallery
Pinecrest Gardens
11000 S. Red Road
Pinecrest, FL 33156

Exhibit runs November 30th, 2017  through January 14th, 2018


With half of Earth’s species now facing the risk of extinction, Xavier Cortada’s EPOCH exhibition examines life forms from the past 540 million years and invites the viewer to ponder what future life forms may look like on Planet Earth. This is a relevant conversation, since our species has a huge role in determining the outcome. Indeed, we are the cause of the Sixth Mass Extinction currently underway.

A decade ago, Cortada launched his Endangered World project at the South Pole to bring awareness to the plights of endangered species at every point in the world above.  The project has addressed global biodiversity loss through art installations at the South Pole (2007), North Pole (2008), Holland (2009) and Biscayne National Park (2010) and through online participatory art projects (www.endangeredworld.org).

Learn more at www.cortada.com/event/2017/epoch



On permanent exhibit:

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



Xavier Cortada


Hibiscus Gallery
Pinecrest Gardens

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




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


“Florida Is…” by Xavier Cortada

On permanent exhibit at the Hibiscus Gallery in Pinecrest Gardens, Xavier Cortada’s “Florida is… Nature”  exhibition serves as a platform for engaging visitors of the botanical garden. Cortada, who serves as Pinecrest Gardens artist-in-residence, portrays Florida’s environment to connect viewers with our state’s natural beauty.

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


“Radiant” Archival Ink on Aluminum, 2015