filmmaker/video artist


“Much like Alice of Wonderland fame, who had seen a cat without a smile but never a smile without a cat, I have imagined bodies without senses, but never senses without a body. Juan Carlos Zaldivar’s installation Shifting Nature, however, asked me to do exactly that.”

-Rachel Luria, PhD Media Philosophy, Florida Atlantic University, Shifting Nature Catalogue

“You might say Juan Carlos Zaldivar is a master of reality. When you enter one of his exhibits ... the outside world suddenly seems very far away.”

  1. -Carlos Suarez de Jesús, The Miami New Times

“Delicate work ... that of an alchemist, transforming the ordinary. “

  1. -Susan Hopper, Deluxe Arts

September 10 2012 • NBC Miamihttp://www.nbcmiami.com/blogs/niteside/NiteTalk-Juan-Carlos-Zaldivar-Strikes-an-Optic-Nerve-at-MOCA-169221046.html
January 2012 •The Huffington Posthttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/31/zaldivar-marais-shift_n_1245021.html#s653350
September 2012 • Sun Sentinel http://www.sun-sentinel.com/entertainment/sf-sh-moca-optic-nerve-north-miami-091412-20120914,0,6958993.story
June 2010 • Anne Tschida, Knight Arts Bloghttp://www.knightarts.org/community/miami/steinbaums-greenhouse-effect
August 5, 2010 • Sarah Moreno, El Nuevo Heraldhttp://www.elnuevoherald.com/2010/08/05/777551/optic-nerve-videoarte-y-cine-experimental.html
September 2012 • Miami New Timeshttp://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/cultist/2012/09/optic_nerve_film_festival_retu.php
August 8, 2010 • Tom Austin, El Nuevo Heraldhttp://www.miamiherald.com/2010/08/01/1753907/mocas-10th-anniversary-festival.html
August 6 2010 • Elena Schmidt NBC- Miamihttp://www.nbcmiami.com/the-scene/events/MoCA-Gets-Up-the-Nerve-Tonight--100042689.html
August 3 2010• Jan Engoren, Miami Artzinehttp://www.miamiartzine.com/issue_main.cfm?btitle=Optic+Nerve+Film+Festival&id=1256&keyx=805261581
August 2010 • Miami Art Guidehttp://miamiartguide.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2997:moca-celebrates-10-years-of-optic-nerve-film-festival&catid=130&Itemid=100108
August 2009• Heather Cooper,  City Link / Metromix.comhttp://www.zaldivar.info/Marti/Media/CityLink_Marti001.pdf
August 2009 • Sarah Moreno,  El Nuevo Heraldhttp://www.zaldivar.info/Marti/Media/Herald_Aplausos_Marti.pdf
April 21 2010 • John Hood,  NBC- Miamihttp://www.nbcmiami.com/blogs/niteside/NiteTalk-Juan-Carlos-Zaldivar-Channels-Jose-Marti-91679274.html
April 27 2007 • Biscayne Timeshttp://www.zaldivar.info/Filtro_Biscaynetimes_april2007.pdf
May 12 2007 • MAG (Miami Art Guide)http://www.zaldivar.info/MAG-may2007.pdf
April 12 2007 • Carlos Suarez de Jesus, New Timeshttp://www.miaminewtimes.com/2007-04-12/culture/same-as-it-ever-was/
June 6 2008 • David Rhon, Art Lurkerhttp://www.artlurker.com/2008/06/the-doors-of-perception-juan-carlos-zaldivar-strings/

“...Juan Carlos Zaldívar provides the most emotionally charged piece [at Filtro Foto’s “Cuba: As Time Stands Still, 2007] a video installation about the Elián González debacle in 2000. On a split screen, viewers watch protest rallies taking place simultaneously in Cuba and Miami. At the Cuban rally, the crowd roars, “Freedom for Elián!” In Miami the protesters are shouting “Elián will not leave!” A revolutionary anthem is spliced with  a pre-Revolution anthem. Interviews with a Miami student and a Cuban student, both in their school uniforms, play on split screens. The footage is choppy, and the competing sounds make it difficult to focus on particular statements, illustrating both the intensity and the complexity of the issue...”

April, 2007

- Victor Barrenechea of the Biscayne Times

additional press upon request

“STRINGS, the current exhibition by Juan Carlos Zaldivar at Gallery Dot 51, represents a unique examination of the basis of perception, the material and ephemeral, using video and sculpture. (...) These three pieces stand out as more theoretical applications of how visual perception is a subjective, interpretive process than a translation of some sort of doctrine of reality. Inundated with film and video as we are, and mostly invited to consider all this material as ‘real’ - not least at a moment when most artist video seems to be more narrative or animative - these seem like quiet reminders that not only what you see isn’t necessarily what you get, it’s not necessarily what happened either.”

June 2008

- David Rhon, ArtLurker

April 2013 • Anne Tschida, The Miami Heraldhttp://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/12/3340240/moca-celebrates-anniversary-with.html
April 2013 • Pulseum.comhttp://pulsesum.com/top-posts/shift-mosaic-of-the-senses/
November 30 2013 • Lydia Martin, Indulge magazine - Art Basel issue, The Miami Heraldhttp://mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?i=185008
November 3 2013 • Hannah Sentenac, Heineken "Light Your Night" to Illuminate Art Basel - Miami New Timeshttp://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/cultist/2013/11/heineken_light_your_night_brin.php
January 22 2014 • Jordan Levin, The Miami Heraldhttp://www.miamiherald.com/2014/01/22/3882488/screendance-miami-festival-explores.html
January 28 2014 • Anne Tschida, Art meshes with dance on film, Knight Arts Bloghttp://www.knightarts.org/community/miami/art-meshes-with-dance-on-film
February 3 2014 • Neil de la Flor, An interview with artist Juan Carlos Zaldivar, Knight Arts Bloghttp://www.knightarts.org/community/miami/an-interview-with-artist-juan-carlos-zaldivar
February 10 2014 • Rene Rodriguez, Miami filmmaking scene lures Sundance, The Miami Heraldhttp://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/10/3925370/miami-filmmaking-scene-lures-sundance.html
May 4 2014 •Miami Light Project’s Here & Now festival runs Thursday through May 17, The Miami Heraldhttp://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/04/4094793/miami-light-projects-here-now.html
May 6 2014 • Fernando Gonzalez, Miami festival Here & Now begins Thursday at the Light Box at Goldman Warehousehttp://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/06/4100990/miami-festival-here-now-begins.html
May 13 2014 •Here & Now 2014 Spotlights concept-driven performance pieces, Mia Leonin, The Miami Heraldhttp://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/13/4114393/here-now-2014-spotlights-concept.html
May 16 2014 • Some fine art at Miami Light, Anne Tschida, Knight Arts Bloghttp://www.knightarts.org/community/miami/some-fine-art-at-miami-light