Tony Labat

Professor; MFA Director
New Genres

Tony Labat was born in Cuba and came to the United States at the age of 15 in 1966. He has exhibited internationally over the last 30 years. Labat has received numerous awards and grants and his work is in many private and public collections. Labat has developed a body of work in Performance, Video, Sculpture and Installation. His work has dealt with and continues his investigations with the body, popular culture, identity, urban relations, politics, and the media.

Selected Exhibitions: 

  • Bay Area Now 6, Yerba Buena for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2011
  • Vigilant States, Galerie Ute Parduhn, Dusseldorf, Germany, 2010
  • Es Lo Que ES, Centro Arte Contemporaneo Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba, 2010
  • California Conceptual Art: Paul Kos and Tony Labat, Ar/ge Kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano, Italy, 2009

Selected Publications: 

  • “The California Biennial spreads out,” Los Angeles Times, October 19, 2008
  • “Konzeptkunst aus Kalifornien in der Galerie Museum,” Zett, February 15, 2009
  • “California Dreaming,” Cultura, February 2009
  • “When the Conceptual Was Political,” The New York Times, March, 2008


  • BFA, San Francisco Art Institute, 1978
  • MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, 1980