Ana Mendieta (b. Havana, 1948; d. New York, 1985) trained at the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Since her death, Mendieta has been recognised with international solo museum retrospectives such as Ana Mendieta: Traces, Hayward Gallery, London (2013); She Got Love, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy (2013); Ana Mendieta in Context: Public and Private Work, De La Cruz Collection, Miami (2012); Ana Mendieta, The Art Institute of Chicago (2011); Earth Body, Sculpture and Performance, The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C., that travelled to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Des Moines Art Centre, Iowa, and Miami Art Museum, Florida (2004). Mendieta also had a solo exhibition, Silueta and Silence, at Alison Jacques Gallery in 2010.
Significant group shows include A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance, Tate Modern, London (2012); Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2012), Selected Histories: 20th-Century Art from the SFMOMA Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2011); Staging Action: Performance in Photography since 1960, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011) and Elles@Centre Pompidou, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010).
Her work features in many major public collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, and Tate Collection, London.