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David Antonio Cruz received his BFA from the Pratt Institute and his MFA in painting from Yale University School of Art. Cruz’s research explores Latino and Black underground queer culture, literature, and historical events, with an emphasis on exploring the cultural silencing of brown and black bodies, through painting, performance, and sculpture. Cruz has received several awards and residencies: the Queer Art Mentorship/Fellowship, the LMCC Workspace Residency Program, the Franklin Furnace Fund, and the Urban Artist Initiative Award, and the Gateway Project Spaces.