Heather Cantrell was born in Louisville, Kentucky and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She is best known for her photographic portraiture, which considers the relationships between notions of self, social status, public performance, and collective identity. Her most recent works integrate elements of performance and installation art.


She has had solo exhibitions at Kinkead Contemporary (Los Angeles), MOT International (London), Newman Popiashvilli (New York, NY), sixspace (Los Angeles) and Sandroni Rey Gallery (Los Angeles). Her work has been included in group shows throughout the U.S. and abroad in venues such as Wonderland Art Space (Copenhagen, Denmark), curated by Paul Pys; The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at CSULA (Los Angeles), curated by Annie Buckley; the 18th Street Art Center (Los Angeles), curated by Ciara Ennis and CCA Wattis Institute (Oakland); and the exhibition Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists, curated by Matthew Higgs. Reviews of her work have been published in Artforum, New York Times, Frieze, LA Weekly, and the Los Angeles Times. Cantrell received her MFA from UCLA in 2001 and her BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1995.


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