Cuban American artist Christian Duran is a New World School of the Arts graduate and earned his BFA degree at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1998. For many years after Duran lived and worked out of South Florida. In 2017, he relocated to Gainesville, Florida, where he is finding new and inspiring resources for his work. Duran’s art focuses on abstracted themes relating to nature, science, and religion.
Duran’s solo and two person exhibitions include: Lost in the Agar (2014) at Aimee Perez Art Gallery, Miami, FL; Bringing Up the Dead (2009) at the Art and Cultural Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL; Path of Least Resistance (2007) at Ingalls & Associates, Miami; Views from Within: Christian Duran and Vickie Pierre (2006) at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, FL; Nerve (2004) at Edge Zones, Miami; and Equinox (2003-4) at the Capitol, Cabinet Meeting Room, in Tallahassee, FL.
Group exhibitions include: 100+ Degrees in the Shade: A Survey of South Florida Art (2016) at the Laundromat Art Space, Miami; Aesthetic and Values (2015) at Florida International University, Miami; NARRATIVES (2015) at the Palm Beach State College Art Gallery, Palm Beach, FL; Too Much Is Not Enough (2013) at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami; Ways of Worldmaking: Notes on a Passion for Collecting (2010) at the Museum at Miami Dade College, Freedom Tower, Miami; 2006 Visual Art Fellowship Traveling Exhibition (2007-9), traveling throughout Florida; Artists of Cuban Ancestry from the Permanent Collection (2007) at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, FL.
Duran’s work has been collected by The Denver Art Museum, The Polk Museum of Art, The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, and The Snite Museum of Art/University of Notre Dame, among other corporate and private collectors. His art has also been published in Saw Palm, Florida Literature and Art (2016), The Nowhere Man, a novel by Marlon Fick (2015), and 100+ Degrees in the Shade: A Survey of South Florida (2015) by [NAME] Publications. Duran was also featured in two books by Schiffer Publishing Ltd: 100 Southern Artist (2012) and Miami Contemporary Artists (2007). He received a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Grant (2006) and an Artist in Residence at La Fundación Valparaiso (2001) in Almeria, Spain.[September 2016]