Tania Bruguera is one of the leading political and performance artist of her generation. Bruguera's work researches ways in which Art can be applied to the everyday political life; creating a public forum to debate ideas shown in their state of contradictions and focusing on the transformation of the condition of "viewer" onto one of "citizenry." Bruguera uses the terms ARTE DE CONDUCTA
(conduct / behavior art) and ARTE UTIL (useful art) to define her practice. Bruguera works on appropriating the resources of power to create power; to create through Art political situations.
A participant in Documenta, Performa, Venice, Gwangju and Havana Biennales and at exhibitions at mayor museums in Europe and United States including the
Tate Modern, The Whitechapel Art Gallery, PS1, ZKM, IVAM, Künsthalle Wien, Center Georges Pompidou, The New Museum of Contemporary Art among others.
Her work is part of the collection of the Tate Modern; Museum für Moderne Kunst; Daros Foundation; Museo del Barrio; Bronx Museum; IVAM; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam; Musèe National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou.
In 1998 she was selected as a Guggenheim fellow, in 2008 she received the Prince Claus Award (The Netherlands), in 2009 she was finalist at the Ordway Prize and the first recipient of the Neuberger Prize and in 2010 The Louis Comfort Tiffany Award.
Bruguera was featured in “Art and Today”; “ART NOW Vol. 2”; "Fresh Cream"; "Performance Live Art Since 1960's; “Art Tomorrow”. She has been written about in The New York Times, Le Monde, Artforum, Flash Art, Art Nexus, Art in America, Beaux Arts, Performance Research, Kunstforum among others.
She received her MFAs from Instituto Superior de Arte (Cuba) and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (United States).
She is the Founder / Director of Arte de Conducta; the first politic art studies program in its kind; this project has inspired a series of new art schools founded by artists in Latin America (Mexico, Argentina and Puerto Rico) to which she has served as advisor.