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Biography

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Dominick Cocozza (b. 2001, Mazatenango, Guatemala) is a Guatemalan-American artist of Indigenous Maya Tz’utujil heritage based in Arlington, VA. He is currently pursuing a BFA in Painting and minoring in Politics and Policy at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with an expected graduation date of May 2024. His artistic practice aims to expand societal perceptions of Latinx culture, indigenous ancestry, and home. In foregrounding his transracial adoptee identity, he sheds light on adoptee narratives, cultural hybridity, and cultivating inclusive communities.

 

His works have been included in group exhibitions at The Pantheon Institute in Rome, Italy; Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC; The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC; Southampton History Museum in Southampton, NY; United States Capitol Building in Washington, DC; RISD Museum Gelman Gallery in Providence, RI; RISD Memorial Hall Gallery in Providence, RI; The Providence Art Club in Providence, RI; 82Parris Gallery in Portland, ME; Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery in Glen Echo, MD; The Cherokee Town & Country Club Art Collection Space in Atlanta, GA; Radford University Art Museum in Radford, VA and the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.

Cocozza’s works have also been featured in online news outlets, including CNN, BBC News, Voice of America (VOA), Arlington Magazine, and Prensa Libre Guatemala. Most recently he was named a finalist in the 16th International Art Renewal Center (ARC) salon and received the Highly Commended Award Scholarship from The National Society of Arts and Letters Washington, DC, chapter. He will attend Ma’s House Artist Residency (Southampton, NY) located on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in the winter of 2024.

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