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Happy Holidays and Peace in the New Year! ​

By Mayela Rodriguez
December 16, 2019

Gif by Esperanza Cortés

The 2019 Listings Project Holiday Artist Features are NYC based multidisciplinary artist Esperanza Cortés​ and Hudson Valley-based The Next Mix. While you read this article, enjoy The Next Mix’s winter-inspired playlist, commissioned by Listings Project.

Esperanza Cortés is a Colombian born multidisciplinary artist based in New York City. Cortes’s passion for the mosaic of the Americas, its folk art traditions, rituals, music, dance, and their ever-evolving changes are at the core of her creative work.

Her artwork examines the extent to which a consciousness, national or personal, defines itself through the opposing force of a transcultural experience. The work is poetically and intricately crafted to encourage the viewer to reconsider social and historical narratives especially when dealing with Colonialism and raises critical questions about the politics of erasure and exclusion.

Cortés has exhibited nationally in museums and galleries including The Neuberger Museum of Art, Bronx Museum of Art, Queens Museum, El Museo Del Barrio, Smack Mellon Gallery, The Mexi-Arte Museum and The Cleveland Art Museum. Internationally, Cortes has also exhibited in Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Japan, Mexico, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Spain, and Greece.

Check out Esperanza’s most recent project at Smack Mellon.

Learn more at

Photo by Esperanza Cortés

Mayela Rodriguez, our Editorial Designer, works closely with the team to create designs for the website, newsletter, and user experience. A self-proclaimed “media-agnostic” artist, Mayela received her MFA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. You can learn more about her work at

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