Claudia Cortínez's work comes out of a fascination of how we collect and translate histories and the infinite lives that objects have before and after they reach our hands. Her recent work includes large scale photograms where the resulting image is as much a register of her body and location as it is of the objects being depicted. Cortínez was born in the U.S. to Argentine and Chilean parents and currently lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied painting and photography at RISD and at Kyoto Seika University in Kyoto, Japan. She received her M.F.A. from Yale University in painting/printmaking in 2013. At Yale, Cortínez was granted an Alice Kimball Travel Grant (2012) to photograph specific locations in Argentina and Chile described in her father's writing. She was awarded the Blair Dickinson Memorial Prize and the Blair Dickinson scholarship from Yale (2013), and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant in New York City (2013). She has participated in residencies in Buenos Aires, Argentina (La Ira de Dios), New York City (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council LMCC Swing Space), Japan (Kyoto Seika University Artist Residency), and Rosario, Argentina (El Levante).