David Antonio Cruz

Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and Boston, MA.


MFA in Painting and Printmaking

Yale University School of Art, New Haven CT

BFA in Painting

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY



Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago IL

One day I’ll turn the corner, and I’ll be ready for it | Solo

Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn NY

Nobody Promised You Tomorrow | Painting

Ford Foundation Gallery, New York NY

Perilous Bodies | Painting

McNay Art Museum, San Antonio TX

Transamerica/n | Painting


Jenkin Johnson Gallery, Brooklyn NY

The Least Orthodox Goddess IV | Painting

ResidencyArts, Los Angeles CA

Wegivesomuchandyetgivenothing, paintings for richard | Solo

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit NJ

Oh, What a world! What a world! | Painting

Ramapo College Gallery, Mahwah NJ

Amillionlittlepieces | Solo/ Performance

Rutgers University Paul Robinson Gallery, Newark NJ

Mirror, Mirror | Painting/ Performance


The Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. San Juan, PR

Meca: Green,howIwantyougreen | Performance

Delaware County College Gallery

Butterfliesandviolteunicorns | Solo

Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design. Asheville, NC

Crafted Stranger | Painting


Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts. Frederiksted, St Croix

Take Five: Green,howIwantyougreen | Performance

Gateway Project Spaces. Newark NJ

For I Am-Or I was, thereturnofthedirtyboys | Solo

El Museo Del Barrio. New York NY

Figure Form: New Acquisitions | Painting

BRIC, Brooklyn NY

Look Up Here: I’m In Heaven | Painting

Gateway Project Spaces. Newark NJ

Green,howiwantyougreen | Performance

BRIC. Brooklyn NY

How to Order a Chocolate Cake | Performance


National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque

Portraiture Now | Painting

Momenta Arts, Brooklyn NY

Alwaysagoodtime | Solo

The High Line Park for AiOP, New York NY

How to Order a Chocolate Cake | Performance

Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden. Staten Island NY

Green,howiwantyougreen | Commissioned Performance


National Portrait Gallery | Smithsonian Washington DC

Portraiture Now | Painting

Longwood Gallery, Bronx NY

The Piano Piece | Commissioned Performance

AiOP, New York, NY

Peterpiperwentupthehill | Performance


Performa 13 | El Museo del Barrio, New York NY

The Opera | Commissioned Performance

Taller Puertorriqueño. Philadelphia, PA

TAKEABITE,elduendealwaystravels...light” | Solo


Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York NY

Friends with Benefits | Painting

Islip Museum, Long Island NY

La Placita | Painting

Taller Puertorriqueño. Philadelphia, PA

TAKEABITE,elduendealwaystravels...light” | Solo


2018 Joan Mitchell Painting and Sculpture Award, New York NY

2018 Neubauer Faculty Fellowship, Boston MA.

2018 BRIC/ Workspace Residency, Brooklyn NY.

2017/18 Queer Mentorship/ Fellowship, New York NY.

2016 Gateway Project Spaces, Newark NJ.

2015/16 LMCC Workspace Residency Program, New York NY.

2006 Skowhegan School of Painting/Sculpture Fellowship Grant Award, Madison, ME

2006 Artist in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY


Cotter, Holland. “Stonewall: When Resistance Becomes Too Loud to Ignore” NY Times. (May 2019). Vogel, Wendy. “Nobody Promised You Tomorrow” Art In America. (June 2019).

Rodney, Seph. “How Bodies in Peril Might Help Us See Our Humanity” Hyperallergic. (May 2019). Indrisek, Scott. “The 10 Must-See Exhibitions of Spring 2019” Observer. (March 2019).

Libbey, Peter. “Ford Foundation Announces Art Gallery Opening” NY Times. (Fen 2019).

McVoy, Kurt. “Take 5”. Whitehot Magazine. (April 2017).

Hernandez, Jasmine. “Studio Visit”. Gallery Girls. (March 2017).

Rodney, Seph. “Portraits of the Self as Tickets to Paradise”. Hyperallergic. (August 2016).

Embusco, Rain. “16 Must-See Summer Shows Featuring Queer Artists”. ArtNet. (June 2016).

McVoy, Kurt. “The Return of The Dirty Boys”. Whitehot Magazine. (April 2016).

Embusco, Rain. “Editors’ Picks: 12 Art Events To See This Week. (April 2016).

Dees, Sasha. “Portraiture Now”. ARC. (July 2015).

Carrion, Kelly. “Latino Identity Through The Self”. NBC News. (July 2015).

Che, Jenny. “Portraits Through Our Faces”. WSJ. (August 2014).

Dees, Sasha. “Alwaysagoodtime”. ARC. (March 2014).

Monsen, Lauren. “Hola, Art Lover”. Journal USA. (October 2013).

Norman, Lee Ann. “Takeabite”. Bomb. (November 2013).

“Studio Magazine”. Studio Museum In Harlem. (Winter|Spring 2012).

Norman, Lee Ann. “Come Flybabyboyfly with Me”, ArtSlant. (May 2011).

Cotter, Holland. “Art In Review”. New York Times. (October 2010).

McClure, Diana. “Else at Jack Tilton”. DaWire. (October 2010).

“Puerto Rican Queer Sexualities”. El Centro Journal. 2007. Cover.