Tina La Porta

United States 1967

Sound Art


Tina La Porta
Tina La Porta
United States
October 2, 2015
Aya received her MA in English Language and Literature in 2012. She likes dancing, traveling, cycling and spending time with her pets.

Tina La Porta is an American artist working in mixed media, born in Chicago in 1967. She completed her undergraduate studies at Columbia College in Chicago in 1989, and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from School of Visual Arts in New York in 1994.

Circles Of Obsession, 2014

Left Tina La Porta - Circles Of Obsession 1, 2014, Right Tina La Porta - Circles Of Obsession In Small Doses, 2014
Left: Tina La Porta – Circles Of Obsession 1, 2014 / Right: Tina La Porta – Circles Of Obsession In Small Doses, 2014

La Porta is known for her works centered around the theme of mental illness. The artist, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2009, struggled for years with this mental illness and the side effects of wrong diagnoses and prescriptions. According to her own estimations, she took thousands of individual pills, while trying to find the cure.

From the edge of darkness, 2013

Tina La Porta - From the edge of darkness, 2013
Tina La Porta – From the edge of darkness, 2013

In her works, she exhibits carefully arranged pills on a resin-coated canvas or casts of her own hands holding various pills, thus displaying her inner life to the public, raising awareness and acceptance of this highly misunderstood condition. Prior to her illness, Tina La Porta focused in her works on misperceptions of the body and social taboos.

Mixed-media artworks

Left Tina La Porta - White Lies Study, 2012, Right Tina La Porta - Medicine Ball Study, 2012
Left: Tina La Porta – White Lies Study, 2012 / Right: Tina La Porta – Medicine Ball Study, 2012

Since 1991 she has had two solo exhibitions and exhibited her works in numerous group shows all around the world, in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Madrid, Barcelona and many other cities. She lectured and presented her work on several occasions, received commissions to create new art for the museums in New York City, and her work is included in public collections and published in many periodicals.

She is represented exclusively by the Robert Fontaine Gallery.

Tina La Porta lives and works in Miami.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015ReImaginedCornell Museum of Art, Delray Beach, FLGroup
2015Academy Spring ShowNSU Art Museum Autonation Academy, Fort Lauderdale, FLGroup
2015Annual Interest 2015Young At Art Museum, Davie FL Group
2014Summer PillRobert Fontaine Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2014EmergentThe Broward County Cultural Division, Fort Lauderdale, FL Group
2013Nocturnes III: HyperstitionThe Projects, Fort Lauderdale, FL Group
2013The Collabo ShowMiami, FLGroup
2013Chronology: A TimelineRobert Fontaine Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2013Annual Interest No.1Young At Art Museum, Davie FLGroup
2013AbracadabraArt and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL Group
2012Rip Her To ShredsThe Projects, Fort Lauderdale, FL Group
2012Warhol Is Over?Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
20129Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2012Sound of IT, Compositions In the Spirit of John CageGarage 4141, San Diego, CAGroup
2012One Year AnniversaryRobert Fontaine Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2012AbracadabraArt and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FLGroup
2011Sex, Drugs & ProfanityRobert Fontaine Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2011International Streaming Festival Sixth EditionThe Hague, Netherlands. Group
2011NocturnesThe Projects, Fort Lauderdale, FL Group
2011UnframedThe Girls' Club, Fort Lauderdale, FLGroup
2011Underground HowlNew York, NYGroup
2011Fifth All-Media Jurried BiennialArt and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FLGroup
2011In(SIDE) – OUT - Art as Healing TherapyArtserve, Fort Lauderdale, FL Group
2011artPerspectivesArt Modern Gallery, Miami, FL Group
2011Drawn From ExperienceStudio 18, Pembroke Pines, FLGroup
2011Stencil and CandyArt Modern Gallery, Miami, FL Group
2011Sense of Sound Art18 Rabbit Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, FL Group
2011AbracadabraArt and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL Group
2010Miami's Independent Thinkers 2nd EditionCasa Wynwood, Miami, FLGroup
2010Megaplex6th Street container, Miami, FLGroup
2010Sound of IT 2010, In the Spirit of John CageGarage 4141, San Diego, CAGroup
2010Port2010SoundGate, Aalborg, Denmark.Group
2010Art FalloutThe Girls' Club, Fort Lauderdale, FLGroup
2010Myth of Power1310 Gallery Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts, Fort Lauderdale, FLGroup
2010Midtown Urban Arts ShowMidtown Commerce Center, Fort Lauderdale, FLGroup
2010Sound Art JukeboxSoundFjord, London, EnglandGroup
2010HOPE-A-HOLICNewhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NYGroup
2010Williams Island Art ExhibitionMiami, FLGroup
2009Visions+ Multiple Disciplines. Multiple Avenues of InterpretationStudio 1608, West Palm Beach, FLGroup
2006Carcel de Amor: Violencia sin Cuerpos (Prison of Love: Violence Without Bodies)Fundación Luis Seoane, La Coruña, SpainGroup
2005Rhizome ArtBase 101New Museum, New York, NYGroup
2005Carcel de Amor: Violencia sin Cuerpos (Prison of Love: Violence Without Bodies)Museo Nacional Centro de Art Reina Sofia, Madrid, SpainGroup
2005 SciArt 10 Years AfterNational Science Museum, Daejeon, KoreaGroup
200505' VilaFranca Contemporania de FotografiaGaleria Sicart, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2005Arte on Line: Festival de Verao e InvernoMuseu do Essencial e do Alem Disso, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilGroup
2004The Sphinx Will Devour YouKarsi Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul, TurkeyGroup
2004The Art of PoliticsAshmore Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2004Premio SuzzaraSuzzara Museum, Mantova, ItalyGroup
2004Active DutyStudio 84, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2003Total ScreenWhitebox - Annex, New York, NYSolo
2003Web As Performance SpaceInstitute of Contemporary Arts, London, EnglandGroup
2003Image IdentityCasa Encendida, Madrid SpainGroup
2003Habitar en (punto)netEspai F Barcelona, SpainGroup
2003FuturNETAla Mazzoniana Rome, ItalyGroup
2003Being Therenot-tv.org; London, EnglandGroup
2003ID_ENTITYNURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY Group
2003MedienturmGraz, AustriaGroup
2003Recession 2003 $99 Bargain Store ShowCynthia Broan Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2002voyeur_webUniversal Concepts Unlimited, New York, NYSolo
2002Fallen CitiesApartment Project; Istanbul, TurkeyGroup
2002EroticaRiva Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2002Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice…Nikolai Fine Art, New York, NYGroup
2002net.art, FotoFest 2002Houston, TXGroup
2002The Net.Art Open MuseumIrish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, IrelandGroup
2001Body as Byte: The Body as Information FlowNew Kunstmuseum Luzern, SwitzerlandGroup
2001Telematic Connections: The Virtual EmbraceSan Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CAGroup
2001Future BodiesMedia Lounge, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2001borderhack! Sputnik Digital Arts, Tijuana, MexicoGroup
200101: Transitory Audio ArchiveGround Zero, New York, NYGroup
2001Rencontres InternationalesParis, France and Berlin, GermanyGroup
2001TextureDigital ArtLab, Holon, IsraelGroup
2001Webcast LoungeArt Frankfurt, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
2001Re: DuchampVenice Biennal Sattilite Exhibition; Venice, ItalyGroup
2001Crowd ControlGood - Bad Art Collective, New York, NYGroup
2001net.ephemeraMoving Image Gallery, New York, NY Group
2000Miradas ImpudicasCentre Cultural de la Fundació "la Caixa," Barcelona, SpainGroup
2000Festival Internacional de Linguagem EletronicaMuseu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo, BrazilGroup
2000Particle AcceleratorsPhotographic Resource Center, Boston, MAGroup
2000SirenMuseum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2000Day Without Art Web ActionCreativeTime, New York, NYGroup
2000Technically EngagedAIR Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2000Dystopia and Identity in the Age of Global CommunicationsTribes Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2000Net.Congestion : International Festival of Streaming MediaDe Balie, Amsterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2000EXCHANGE 2000Digital Media Research Centre, Bristol, EnglandGroup
2000SIGGRAPH 2000 Art ShowNew Orleans, LAGroup
2000Sound ArtArte Sano Projects, Monterrey, MexicoGroup
2000Ink.Ubation, trAce ConferenceNottingham Trent University, Nottingham, EnglandGroup
2000Virtual Worlds 2000Pole Universitaire Leonard de Vinci, Paris, FranceGroup
2000Through the Looking GlassBeachwood Center for the Arts, Beechwood, OHGroup
2000Vidéoformes 2000Espace Culture MultiMÉDIA, Clermont-Ferrand, FranceGroup
2000Presence 2000Delft University of Technology, Delft, NetherlandsGroup
2000Verbal 3: Call and ResponseThe Kitchen, New York, NYGroup
2000Web3D - VRML - ART 2000International Conference, Monterey, CaliforniaGroup
2000The 6th Annual Festival of Computer ArtMaribor, SloveniaGroup
2000AndernortsKuenstlerbund, Berlin, GermanyGroup
1999AlteritiesÉcole Supérieure Nationale des Beaux Arts, Paris, FranceGroup
1999Montreal International Festival of new Cinema & New MediaMontréal, CanadaGroup
1999Mind-Shift: Identities in CyberspaceBienal de Artes Visuais do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, BrazilGroup
1999e-FUSION: SEAFair '99Museum of the City of Skopje, Skopje, MacedoniaGroup
1999Interactive Trilogy Part III : Love & ConsciousnessAtelier Sevigne, Paris, FranceGroup
1999Interactive Trilogy Part II : Sex & ConsciousnessArtopiques, Paris, FranceGroup
1999Rencontres D'Art ContemporainAix en Provence 1999, Aix in Provence, FranceGroup
1998VideoMedejaCultural Center of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, YugoslaviaGroup
1998Maid in CyberspaceStudio XX, Montréal, CanadaGroup
1998International Festival of New FilmSplit, CroatiaGroup
1998Communing; SeaFair '98Soros Center for Contemporary Arts, Skopje, MacedoniaGroup
1998Screens and MemesDowntown Arts Festival, Harvestworks, New York, NYGroup
1996Tone: CyberfemmeThe Kitchen, New York, NYGroup
1996The New York International Video & New Media FestivalNew York, NYGroup
1996CommunicationsOffline TV, New York, NYGroup
1996Video PoetryNuyorican Poets Cafe, New York, NYGroup
1996Riot Grrrl ConventionConey Island High, New York, NYGroup
1996Open Call Video ArtArtists Space, New York, NYGroup
1996Timeflight: CYBERSOHO, The Kitchen Video Collection at The SOHO Arts FestivalNew York, NYGroup
1995The World's Women On-Line, Fourth World Conference on WomenBeijing, ChinaGroup
1995HardwearArt in General, New York, NYGroup
1995Riot Grrrl Benefit Concert '95Spiral, New York, NYGroup
1995MinimalBabyland, New York, NYGroup
199560,000 MillisecondsHumphrey Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1995Video LoungeArt in General, New York, NYGroup
1994Why we can’t sleepArtland, New York, NYGroup
1994Connotations of Red15 Renwick, New York, NYGroup
1994Gamma 51: Art & Science VisualizationNYU- TV - Unet, New York, NYGroup
1993Women’s Art, Women’s Lives, Women’s IssuesTweed Gallery, New York, NY Group
1993Media LifeWard-Nasse Gallery, New York, NY Group
1992Artists for ChoiceABCnoRIO, New York, NYGroup
1991Revelations: Artist’s Look At ReligionsGallery 2, Chicago, ILGroup