Born in Puerto Rico, Edra Soto is an interdisciplinary artist, and co-director of the outdoor project space THE FRANKLIN.
Recent venus presenting Soto’s work include the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago (IL), Perez Art Museum Miami (FL), The Arts Club of Chicago (IL), Smart Museum (IL) and Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (PR) among others.
Soto has attended residency programs at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (ME), Beta-Local (PR), the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency (FL), Headlands Center for the Arts (CA) Project Row Houses (TX) and Art Omi (MY) among others.
In 2018, she was invited to the Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon, lead by Hans Ulrich Obrist at EXPO Chicago (publication by University of Chicago Press, launched in 2019).
Soto was awarded the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship (2017), the Illinois Arts Council Grant (2019), the 3Arts Residency Fellowship in partnership with Montalvo Arts Center (2019-2020) and the inaugural Foundwork Artist Prize (2019), among others.
She recently completed a two year public art commission titled Screenhouse on exhibition at Millennium Park’s Boeing Gallery North (IL) from 2019 to 2021.
Soto’s work has been included in three exhibitions supported by the MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund: A Chicago / Puerto Rico exhibition titled Repatriation at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico; a Chicago / Cuba exhibition titled Cross Currents/ Intercambio Cultural at the Smart Museum (IL) and a Chicago/Brazil exchange titled Close to There < > Perto de Lá, to take place in Salvador, Brazil in 2020.
Soto holds a BFA degree from Escuela de Artes Plastics de Puerto Rico. She is a lecturer for the Contemporary Practices Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, from which she received an MFA.