C-print with sculpted resin frames, and color dye
15.25 x 10 inches
Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
None of The Above: Contemporary Work by Puerto Rican Artists
Curated by Silvia Karman Cubina, Deborah Cullen and Steven Holmes.
May 1-September 19, 2004, Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut
January 22-April 17, 2005, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan
Malika is an artist born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, 1968. She is a self named, self taught artist who grew up in a small town called Aguas Buenas in the mountains of Puerto Rico. She is the youngest in a family of three siblings. Her mother was a spanish literature teacher with a passion for making clothes. Her father was a lawyer, a senator and a judge with a bohemian heart. "Music and literature where the main artistic influences in this family". Malika and her two older brothers grew up experimenting with different musical instruments and styles.
After years of many relocations, having lived in Houston, Texas and Los Angeles, California, Malika settled in New York City. After the death of her parents to AIDS, she fixed herself into an artistic lifestyle in part, as a way to cope with her emotions.
In his youth her father spent some time in Germany in the USA army. He came back with a Leica camera and endless black and white photographs. At eight years of age Malika began experimenting with her parents cameras and has kept this fascination with imagery ever since.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in Europe, Latin America and North America, in cities such as New York, San Juan, Caracas, Reykjavik and Paris. Her photographs have been published in magazines, ad campaigns, album covers and books. Some of these include Index, VIBE, IO Donna, Harper's Bazaar, Travel & Leisure, Architectural Digest, Jane, Details as well as book covers for Platform by Michel Houellebecq, Lost Souls by Michael Collins and featured in Here is New York a Democracy of Photographs.
None of The Above: Contemporary Work by Puerto Rican Artists catalogue published by Real Art Ways in collaboration with Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico.