Nayda Collazo-Llorens

Artist Biography

Nayda Collazo-Llorens, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a visual artist engaged in an interdisciplinary practice incorporating multiple mediums and strategies. Through her practice, she examines the way in which we perceive and process information, dealing with concepts of navigation, memory, language, hyperconnectivity and noise. Recent projects include the following solo shows: RE_SIGHTINGS, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI, 2016; Debajo de la casa, El Cuadrado Gris, San Juan, PR, 2016; Frequencies, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI, 2016; and Dis/connect, LMAKprojects, New York, NY, 2014. Some of her site-specific installations include: Stranger Land, Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Kalamazoo, MI, 2014-16; Pleasure, Fear and the Pursuit of Happiness, Miami Beach Botanical Garden and Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL, 2013; Revolú*tion, 3rd Poly/Graphic Triennial, San Juan, PR, 2012; and Reverb, Museo Universitario del Chopo, in Mexico City, 2012. Previous projects include a site-specific installation titled Reverberación at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Juan, PR, 2010; and ESCaperucita & Little Flying Hood, a multi-disciplinary project produced for the 10th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba, 2009; and Unfolding the Triangle, a series of site-specific installations of which the first installment was at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA, 2009-10. Collazo-Llorens received an MFA from New York University and a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. She was a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellow in 2012, and a Visiting Fellow at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership in 2014. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art Net, Art US, Art Nexus, Art News, Arte al Día International, BOMBlog, and Newcity, among others. Her work is represented by LMAKgallery, New York.

Nayda Collazo-Llorens in Museum of Latin American Art part of Getty’s Pacific Standard Time

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Artist Statement

As an artist, I am engaged in a multi-disciplinary practice through which I examine the way in which we perceive and process information, often dealing with navigation, memory, language, hyperconnectivity and noise. I employ various strategies and approaches to compile marks, images, audio and text, which are often edited, remixed and restructured into what may function as cartographic systems, archives and sensorial spaces, among others. In my non-objective mark-based works, blots and lines are structured into various interconnected systems dealing with concepts of mapping and archiving, where marks amass, connect, collide and repel each other in an organic yet systematized way. My text-based works explore post-alphabetic communication, data overload, noise, and randomness, as systems of information are examined through the use of textual animations, prints and installations. My most recent installations and public interventions have explored “sampling” as a strategy or mode of artistic practice, inviting the viewer to reflect on the complexities of the mind and the fragmented manner in which we perceive our complex world in an age that is as much about data overload and hyper connectivity as it is about distancing and dissociation.


Nayda Collazo-Llorens

March 23, 2018 - April 29, 2018

Papered Stories; 14 Artists Dealing with Paper

Aiden Simon, David Kramer, Erika Ranee, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Jane Ben...

June 10, 2016 - July 30, 2016


Nayda Collazo-Llorens

November 24, 2014 - December 21, 2014

Across Doom Hopes the Guiding Fever

Nayda Collazo-Llorens

March 16, 2012 - April 10, 2012


Nayda Collazo-Llorens

March 4, 2009 - April 10, 2009

Este Arte

Caroline Wells Chandler, Nate Ethier, Nayda Collazo-Llorens

January 11, 2017 - January 14, 2017

Amsterdam Drawing, 2015

Aiden Simon, Erika Ranee, Jeff Grant, Joan van Barneveld, Nayda Col...

September 17, 2015 - September 20, 2015

Lou & Grey
NY Times, Arts and Design Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership in Kalamazoo, MI

Harbin, Virginia Allison. “Navigating the Rhizomatic Archive: Temporal Leaps and Loops in Nayda Collazo-Llorens’ Recent Works.” ARC Magazine May 2013: 16-23.

MacQueen, Kathleen. “Nayda Collazo-Llorens: An Exercise in Numbness & Other Tales.”Shifting Connections. 4 May. 2013.

Vélez, Pedro. “My Top Art Picks for 2012 in Chicago and the Midwest.” Rev. of exhibition. NEWCITY. 20 Dec 2012, Art sec.: 14. Print. Also published online: Vélez, Pedro. “Eye Exam: Top Art Picks for 2012 in Chicago and the Midwest.” Newcity Art. N.p., 20 Dec. 2012.

Santone, Jessica. “Shifting Cognitive Tasks: Reading/Viewing Complexity.” Rev. of exhibition. ArtHopper. N.p., 2 Nov. 2012.

MacQueen, Kathleen. “Shifting Connections: Spring Shorts.” Rev. of exhibition. BOMBLOG. BOMB, 1 May 2012.

Gibellini, Laura F. “Nayda Collazo-Llorens, LMAKprojects, New York.” Rev. of exhibition. Arte Al Día International May-July 2012: 107-08. Print. Also published online: Gibellini, Laura F. “Nayda Collazo-Llorens, LMAKprojects, New York.” Arte Al Día International. 13 May 2012.

Garrido Castellano, Carlos. “De panales, redes y otros tejidos sociales.” 2012.

Ramos Collado, Lilliana. “Nayda Collazo-Lloréns: una conversación sobre el arte de lo intangible.”10 Jan. 2012.