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Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo is an artist from Miami, FL who explores ideas of home, exile, and belonging. Community DISCOmosaic projects explore queer embodiment through references to the dance floor, including Club EXILE which was born from the desire to create a memorial for the Pulse Nightclub Tragedy in 2016. He uses stained glass and colored light to create vibrant environments that reinforce public identities. Stained glass channels his Cuban-American heritage, building a bridge to the iconic vitrales and mediopuntos that can be found throughout la Habana and Cuba. His multidisciplinary projects are fueled by public art strategies, queer aesthetics, latinx heritage, local ecosystems, and sacred traditions. Duncan-Portuondo has exhibited artwork and created architectural projects in South Florida, Detroit, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Latin America. Selected exhibition venues include the Mana Contemporary 777 Mall, Museo de Arte Moderno in Santo Domingo, Cranbrook Art Museum, NADA Art Fair, The Deering Estate, Swampspace, The Hollywood Art & Culture Center and the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation. His artwork has been commissioned and supported by Locust Projects, Illuminarts, Vizcaya Museum + Gardens, Wet Heat Project, DLECTRICITY, Plymouth Church in Coconut Grove, and The Cricket Taplin Collection, among others. He earned an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, a BFA from New World School of the Arts, and a BA from Swarthmore College. He currently teaches at New World School of the Arts in Miami, and through community workshops.
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