David Antonio Cruz is a multidisciplinary, New York-based artist. Cruz fuses painting, video, and performance to explore the invisibility and silencing of brown and black queer bodies throughout history and within our communities. Cruz received his MFA from Yale University and his BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute. He attended Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, the AIM program at the Bronx Museum in 2006 and most recently completed a yearlong residency at LMCC Workspace Residency Program. He is a recipient of a 2013 Franklin Furnace Fund Award and the Urban Artist Initiative Award in 2011. His paintings have been exhibited at El Museo del Barrio, The National Portrait Gallery, Bronx Museum, Jersey City Museum, Museo de Puerto Rico and various galleries and institutions. His films have been shown at the Big Screen Project, the Anthology Film Archives, Arte Americas, and various installations in Philadelphia, Chapel Hill, Los Angeles, and Miami. Recently he produced and performed How to Order A Chocolate Cake at BRIC and on The High Line Park and The Lorca Project Performance: Green,howIwantyougreen at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens and Gateway Projects. The performance is a follow up to The Opera, commissioned by El Museo Del Barrio and presented during Performa 13. His body of work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Journal USA, Studio Magazine, Arc Magazine, Time Out New York, Bomb Magazine, and El Centro Journal.
Currently he is a resident artist at the Gateway Project Spaces. The artist lives and works in New York City.