CHRISTINA PETTERSSON was born in Stockholm, Sweden and lives in Miami, FL. Her most recent shows include the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, Girls Club, Fort Lauderdale, the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL, Launch F18, curated by Site95, New York, NY and Primary Projects, Miami, FL. She has also exhibited at the Birmingham Museum of Art, AL, Columbus Museum of Art, GA, Baltimore Museum of Art, MD, Wiregrass Museum of Art, AL, Naples Museum of Art, FL. She received a Fulbright Grant to return to Sweden in 2000, attending the Valand School of Fine Arts in Gothenburg. She has received the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship thrice, the largest regionally sponsored grant in the US. She has attended residencies at Ucross, the Vermont Studio Center, VCCA, The Studios of Key West and Yaddo, as well as a year long program locally at the Deering Estate. She also attended the Atlantic Center for the Arts Master Program under Inka Essenhigh, and spent a month inside Everglades National Park under the AIRIE residency program. Her work is in the permanent collections of PAMM, Martin Z. Margulies at the Warehouse, Marty & Cricket Taplin at the Sagamore Hotel, Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz, Debra and Dennis Scholl, and others. She is published four times in New American Paintings, and had a documentary made about her for ArtnetTV. She was named one of the “Young Miami artists making a mark this Art Basel go- around” by The Miami Herald. Recent solo shows have taken place at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Launch 18 in Tribeca, and Primary Projects in Miami.
More recently, in addition to video and sculptural installations, she has curated and staged group performances and public programming throughout her native South Florida. Her last solo show focused on the mythology of the Deep South and the Civil War, and in addition to large scale drawings and sculptures, she created a weekly program of events to bring those themes to life in the community- with local tours of neighborhoods and cemeteries, guest lectures and workshops. Everything was free and open to the public. During Art Basel she was selected to curate a major work at the prestigious Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a National Historic Landmark in Miami, and chose to bring to life the its imagery by having live mermaids swim around the barge, as women dressed as their statuary sang to them. Other group performances took place at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, the Deering Estate, and the Coconut Grove Convention Center. These events have allowed Pettersson’s work to become a true engagement with the community, dissolving boundaries, utilizing the talents of a variety of people and organizations with limited resources, and educating and delighting by innovative means.
photo credit: Eli Peck