Residency Unlimited

Meyken Barreto

Curator Name: Meyken Barreto
Residency Dates: 2021, 2022
Born: 1980
Hometown: Havana
Lives & Works: West New York, NJ.
Education: Master of Arts – Art History. University of Havana – School of Art and Philology. 2006-2008
Bachelor of Arts – Art History. University of Havana – School of Art and Philology. 1998-2003


Meyken Barreto is currently an adjunct lecturer at City College of New York, she is also a curator and art writer.

Meyken has served as Regional Director at Artist Pension Trust (APT), Gallery Manager at Y Gallery in New York, and Studio Manager at Los Carpinteros Studio in Madrid and Havana. She has taught Art History at Havana University and San Geronimo College in Havana. She has lectured in international institutions such as Universidad Complutense in Madrid and Martin Luther University, Halle (Saale). In 2018 she was Curator in Residence at Residency Unlimited, NY and in 2009 she won Cuba’s National Curatorship Award.

Recently she has curated the exhibitions Shifting Streams. Twelve artists by the Hudson River at Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, New York, 2020; The Path Leading to the Center at Lakehouse, Guttenberg Arts, 2017; Cabinet of Curiosities: The whimsical world of Carlos de Medeiros at Guttenberg Arts, NJ in 2017; and co-curated the group exhibitions All That You Have Is Your Soul at Faction Art Projects, New York in 2018; Divagation at Y Gallery, New York in 2016; Pioneros: Building Cuba’s Socialist Childhood at Aronson Galleries at Parsons, The New School for Design, New York in 2015, and Flow: Economies of the look and creativity in contemporary art from the Caribbean at IDB Cultural Center, Washington DC in 2014. She contributes to various art publications such as ArteCubano, Art OnCuba, El Oficio, and Artnexus.

In 2021 Meyken has served as guest curator at RU working with Cuban artists Raul Cordero, Angel Ricardo Ricardo Rios and Quizqueya Enriquez. She has recently been invited to a curatorial residency in October 2021, organized by South-South and El Espacio 23.

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