Nao Bustamante is an internationally known and loved artist, originally from the San Joaquin Valley of California; Although, by matter of the reach, Nao may be most widely known for her appearance on Bravo’s reality show, Work of Art: the Next Great Artist, the manipulation of the mainstream media is not a new aspect to her work. In 1992, Nao appeared on the Joan Rivers Show as the assumed character, Rosa, a stunt exhibitionist in a site-specific performance piece that used the stage of television to introduce the concept of multi-gendered ambi-sexuals to mainstream America.
Bustamante’s at times precarious and radically vulnerable work encompasses performance art, video installation, visual art, filmmaking, and writing. The New York Times says, “She has a knack for using her body.” Bustamante has presented in Galleries, Museums, Universities and underground sites all around the world. She has exhibited, among other locales, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the New York Museum of Modern Arts, Sundance 2008, 2010, and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki. Her movies have been shown at venues and festivals across the glove, including Outfest – Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, MIX New York City, MIX Brasil, and the London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
For more on Nao visit her online at www.naobustamante.com.