William Cordova is an interdisciplinary cultural practitioner living in Miami/New York City. His work is installation based and includes performance, sculpture, film, photography, and drawing. Cordova focuses on architecture, landscapes, and history as a way to reconstruct, reconsider, and reconnect past events to reveal their relevancy in today's social climate. Creating ephemeral monuments through film, photography, and assemblage Cordova seeks to expand the overall experience of the visual arts as a platform for discussing our common experiences, needs, and struggles.
William Cordova graduated from Miami Central High School and studied Psychology and Fine Arts at Miami Dade Community College North Campus. Cordova received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996 and an MFA from Yale University in 2004. He has held residencies at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Headlands Art Center, Artpace, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, among others. He has exhibited in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. His work is in the public collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum in New York, Harvard University, the Yale Art Gallery, Museo de Arte de Lima in Peru, Ellipse Foundation, Cascais in Portugal, Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, The Walker Art Center and La Casa de las Americas in Havana, Cuba among others.
Cordova was represented in the Museum of Modern Art/PS1 Greater New York exhibition, an overview presentation of contemporary artists whose contributions to the arts have had a significant influence in society. In 2011 Cordova was invited for his first one person museum exhibition in Europe, "yawar mallku: royalty, abductions y exiles at La Conservera in Murcia, Spain, and also awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. Cordova completed the American Academy in Berlin Fellowship in 2013.