Nayda Collazo-Llorens


I am engaged in an interdisciplinary practice through which I examine concepts of displacement and dislocation. I work with abstraction, mapping, and sampling as strategies that help me explore the fragmented and layered ways in which we perceive the world around (and inside) us. My works on paper and canvas are filled with visual noise, site-specific installations and video works invite navigation through perceptual shifts, and text-based projects explore non-linear narratives and code-switching. 

Nayda Collazo-Llorens is a visual artist from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She earned an MFA degree from New York University and a BFA degree from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited at El Museo del Barrio in New York City, The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami, Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in San Juan, Museo Universitario del Chopo in Mexico City, and The Dowse Art Museum in New Zealand, among others. She has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Oolite Arts, and Beta-Local, among others, and is a former Visiting Fellow at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. Her work is featured in the book Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, published by Duke University Press; A to Z of Caribbean Art, published by Robert & Christopher in Trinidad and Tobago; and The Dark Would: Language Art Anthology, published by Apple Pie in the UK. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art News, Art Net, Art Nexus, Hyperallergic, Arte al Día International, BOMB, and Newcity, among others. She currently lives and works in Kalamazoo, Michigan.​​

Nayda Collazo-Lorenz. Geo Dis/connect 5, 2020. Wall installation with collected and printed maps, 360 framed images, approx. 5 x 15 feet. Photograph is courtesy of the artist.