Leeza Meksin, #5 from the Soft and Sun-bleached Paintings, 2019. Neoprene over stretched canvas, 11″ x 14”

Leeza Meksin is Chinati’s artist in residence during the months of September and October. Meksin is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist working in painting, sculpture, installation, public art, and multiples. Her work investigates (the often false) binaries of hard/soft, male/female, public/private, and highlights parallels between conventions of painting, architecture, and our bodies.

Meksin has created site-specific installations for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Brooklyn (2018–19), the National Academy of Design, NYC (2018), the Lenfest Center for the Arts, New York (2017), The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City (2016), the Kitchen, New York (2015), BRIC Media Arts, Brooklyn (2015), Brandeis University (2014), and in a National Endowment for the Arts funded project in New Haven, CT for Artspace (2012). She is the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist grant (2015) and in 2013 co-founded Ortega y Gasset Projects, an artist-run gallery and curatorial collective in Brooklyn, NY. Meksin’s work has been featured in Bomb MagazineThe New York TimesChicago TribuneThe Village Voice, and many other publications.  Meksin has been teaching at Columbia University School of the Arts since 2015. Currently her large-scale sculptures Turret Tops are on view at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum through August 2020.


The Chinati Foundation's Artist in Residence program is generously supported by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation and the Chinati Contemporary Council. Chinati is grateful for the generous financial support of our members and the support and in-kind contributions of the people of Marfa.