Ferrera-Balanquet holds a PhD from Duke Unviersity and an MFA from the University of Iowa. He is one of the most prominent artists of the Mariel Generation and member of the Centro de Escritores Yucateco AC. He has exhibited his artworks and published his critical and literary investigations in Australia, Mexico, Italy, Canada, United States, Colombia, Germany, Argentina, Cuba, Spain, Chile, Ecuador, Romania, Turkey, England, Brazil, Venezuela, Holland, Switzerland, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
He has exhibited at Haceres Decoloniales, Galeria ASAB, Bogota, Colombia; BE.BOP 2013, Ballhaus Naunynstraße, Berlin, Germany; DysTorpia Media Project, Queens Art Museum, New York; Galería La Cúpula, Córdoba, Argentina; the Nasher Museum, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Centro de Cultura Contemporanea, Barcelona, Spain among others.
His writings have appeared in Andar Erotico Decolonial, Ediciones del Signo, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Interrogando los límites del texto. Ensayos de crítica literaria, Ediciones UADY, Merida, Mexico. Caribbean InTransit, No 4, Virginia, USA; Social Text Journal / Periscope, New York, USA; Artecubano, Vol.3-4, Havana, Cuba; SalonKritik, Madrid, Spain; Bienal de La Habana Para leer, Universitat De Valencia, Spain; Public No. 41, Toronto, Canada; Inter, Art Actuael, No 102, Québec, Canada; Vídeo en Latinoamerica. Una visión crítica, Editorial Brumaria, Madrid; Felix: A Journal of Media Arts and Communication, New York; the Mexican literary magazine Navegaciones Zur, and the electronic publication Net Art Review.
Executive curator of Arte Nuevo InteractivA (2001-present), Ferrera-Balanquet has organized numerous art, video and new media exhibitions. Among them Indigeneity | Decoloniality | @rt, Jameson Gallery, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; Traslocalidades en Movimiento, video art, Centro Cultural de España en El Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador, 2008; Nomads: Plural Identities in Traveling Territories, Randolph Street Galley, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 1993; Videos That Unmask, Test and Invade the Colonial System, Program I, Video In, Vancouver B.C., Canada, 1992; Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano in Iowa II, International Festival and Conference, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1986.
In addition to a Fulbright Fellowship, Ferrera-Balanquet has been awarded grants from FONCA (2017), Foundation for Contemporary Arts (2017), Tinker Foundation /Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Grant (2012), Prince Claus Foundation, FOECAY, US/Mexico Cultural Fund, The Australian Network of Art and Technology, the National Endowment for the Arts and The Lyn Blumenthal Video Foundation.