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Nao Bustamante

Nao Bustamante is a Los Angeles-based artist whose precarious work encompasses performance art, video installation, filmmaking, sculpture, and writing. Bustamante has presented in galleries, museums, universities, and underground sites around the world, including London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, the MoMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sundance International Film Festival/New Frontier, Outfest International Film Festival, El Museo del Barrio, First International Performance Biennial, Deformes in Santiago, Chile, and Kiasma Museum of Helsinki. Her 2020 VR film, “The Wooden People” presented at REDCAT in 2021 received producing grants from the Mike Kelley Foundation and National Performance Network. She appeared on Bravo’s “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist.” She has received Anonymous Was a Woman (2001), New York Foundation for the Arts (2007), Lambent, and CMAS-Benson Latin American Collection Research (2013) fellowships. Awards include the Chase Legacy Award in Film and Makers Muse Award from the Kindle Foundation. Bustamante has served as Artist in Residence at UC Riverside and UC MEXUS Scholar in Residence at LA’s Vincent Price Art Museum. Education includes San Francisco Art Institute and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Honorary doctorate SFAI. Professor of Art, USC Roski School of Art and Design. Her work, Bloom, has been supported by a COLA (City of Los Angeles) fellowship, an Artpace Residency, and a USC Arts and Humanities award.