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Tomas Esson: Cuban-American Artist Highlight

Grotesque body parts emerge from surreal backdrops in Tomas Esson’s work. The artist said that his work highlights “the fundamental elements of human life: the vagina, the breast, the mouth, the anus and the penis.” The Cuban-American painter created a lively large scale mural for his first solo museum exhibition. Until May 2, 2021, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami (ICA Miami) presents Tomas Esson: The GOAT.  

 “Wet Wall Drawing at ICA” (2020) spreads across a gallery-length wall at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami (ICA Miami).  The mural includes “Retrato #29 (Portrait #29)” (1998), one of his earlier works. In this painting,  a horned creature lactates from large udders on a canyon. Behind the juxtaposed images is a dream-like blue sky.  He intertwines graphic black and white drawings with colorful symbolic paintings.  Full of dynamic energy, the paintings incorporate political commentary with stark mythology. They are reminiscent of Salvador Dali’s iconic masterpieces.

The Miami show brings together works from his thirty-year studio practice. Esson was born in Havana, Cuba in 1963.  In 1987, he graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. His first exhibition in Havana in 1988 was censored. The Cuban authorities shut it down because his work criticized the communist government.  In “Mi Homenaje al Che (My Homage to Che)” (1987), a beast and a human are lustfully embraced next to an image of the ruthless communist dictator.

Meanwhile, the David Lewis Gallery in New York is currently showing KRAKEN. They recently started representing the artist. KRAKEN is the artist’s first solo show at the gallery. The display includes his series of Fidel Castro portraits. It also presents Miami Flow, a series that combines animation with abstraction.

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Tomás Esson: The GOAT at Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami

Until May 2, 2021

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami

61 NE 41st Street
Miami, FL 33137

Cuban artist Tomás Esson exhibits works from the last thirty years.

“Tomás Esson: The GOAT” is the first solo museum presentation for Cuban painter Tomás Esson. On this occasion, ICA Miami brings together works spanning his thirty-year studio practice alongside a site-specific mural and a commissioned reinterpretation of his early painting installations.

From his very first exhibition in Havana in 1988, which was censored and closed by Cuban authorities, Esson has created lively and grotesque paintings loaded with dynamic energy, mythological references, and political commentary. The presentation will include early works, as well as painting from Esson’s “Retrato” (Portraits) series and his “Wet Paintings” series. Each of these three bodies of works began in one of the different cities where Esson has lived and worked—the early paintings in Havana, the “Retratos” in Miami, and the “Wet Paintings” in New York City.

For more information check out: https://icamiami.org/exhibition/tomas-esson/

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Tomas Esson- IMPERIALISMO 2011

Ramis Barquet

532 West 24th Street New York, NY 10011 tel 212.675.3421 fax 212.675.3432
Nov. 10 – Dec. 17, 2011

Reception: Thursday, November 10, from 6 –8 PM

Ramis Barquet Gallery is pleased to present IMPERIALISMO 2011, our first exhibition devoted to the flags of Tomás Esson. This will be the artist’s second solo show at the gallery.

Tomás Esson is one of the most important and influential contemporary Cuban painters. A leading figure in the storied 80s Generation, his work forms part of a Cuban pictorial tradition with links to artists including Wifredo Lam, Amelia Peláez and René Portocarrero. Yet over the last 25 years, trawling the great reservoir of libido, Esson has in his vast body of work developed a unique, highly charged and often controversial visual language that extends beyond his origins and is uniquely his own.

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Cuban-born Artists in “Allegro..Ma Non Troppo”

In the game of life, there are many toys and illusions. A recent exhibition at the Pan American Art Projects (PAAP) in Miami, FL titled “Allegro…Ma Non Troppo” explores playful objects. The artists relate games as metaphors for elements of life. For example, a life-sized ring toss game makes citizenship a game of chance. The exhibition, which features Cuban born artists such as Gustavo Acosta plus others is on view until September 11, 2021.

Press release- “Allegro… ma non troppo explores a selection of works based on toys and illusions. The artists in this exhibition explore the innocence and complications behind playful objects and images. There is an implication of innocence when we think of the toys and games of our childhood, but these objects also teach us lessons about how to function in the adult world. While light and playful, they also set up binaries of have, and have not, what is real and what is an illusion, and the complicated process of navigating through life. Included in this exhibition are a life-sized ring toss game by Abel Barroso making citizenship a game of chance, a lifelike series of bright yellow innertubes made of inflated steel by William Cannings, a series of haunting dolls by Mariana Monteagudo, a set of Ping-Pong balls depicting world leaders by Sandra Ramos among other works.”

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Carlos Estévez: Urban Universes projections at Coral Gables City Hall building

Coral Gables City Hall: 405 Baltimore Way

February 12 – March 15, 2021

Cuban born, Miami based artist Carlos Estévez will be creating his first technology-based artwork. Based on Estevez’s paintings and sculptures, this new projection mapped immersive work  will be cast on the entire surface of the historic Coral Gables City Hall building. The artist’s previous work seems to capture a moment of time but for this new commission, Estévez will work with a team of animators to develop the video content about people’s movement, interaction, and sense of community. He has always contemplated working in this way but due to costs and need for technical support has waited for a moment like this. We are proud to be presenting this work every evening for the month-long exhibition period.

In tandem with the video mapped projection piece, Estevez is creating an educational tool and interactive artwork with our educational partners Florida International University Art & Art History Department and the Miami Dade County Public Schools. Through a demonstration video, art teacher workshops and in personal lessons, Estevez hopes to inspire and help the children and their families in the district make kites that are based on identity, self-portraiture, and inclusivity.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

“Urban Universes is the most exciting project of my career. The work consists of the animation of various passers-by or characters that I portray in my paintings. This work pays homage to the City of Coral Gables and its inhabitants. Coral Gables is one of the oldest and both culturally and historically rich cities in South Florida, especially the street of Miracle Mile and its surroundings. The heart of the city is a center of leisure for locals and tourists. My work will be projected on the entire City Hall facade. The images will be imaginary representations of people passing by, walking, and conversing amongst themselves, projecting their goals and dreams, just like the people that inhabit this city. These people are portraits of different individuals that come across one another fortuitously. I wanted to imagine the inner world of people, their identities, and emotions, which I translate with lines and colors. Each person that walks by the city will see their reflection in some of the characters in this piece, identify with the characters will make them feel included, and also feel like a part of this city.

Urban Universes is the work that I am presenting for the Illuminate Coral Gables exhibition. It is orchestrated by curator Lance Fung whose vision is to take the artworks of individual artists to an urban community. It is going to be a fascinating experience that reverses the ordinary dynamic of art. Rather than going into museums, galleries, or art institutions, the art will find and amuse you on the streets of your city.”

Carlos Estévez at CANY blog

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Group show PRIMERA REVANCHA, at Pinta Miami

Dec 1 – Dec 4, 2016

Curated by Omar Pascual Castillo

Pinta Miami  Booth B29
318 NW 23rd St,
Miami, FL 33127

Featured artists:

Alejandro Aguilera, José Bedia, Ariel Cabrera, Carlos Cárdenas, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Ofill Echevarría, Alexis Esquivel, Tomás Esson, Flavio Garciandía, Maykel Linares, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Marta María Pérez Bravo, Geandy Pavón, Segundo Planes, Juan Miguel Pozo, Ernesto Pujol

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Go Figure! at Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami

July 16 – August 14

Opening Reception
Saturday, July 16 7- 10 pm

Fredric Snitzer Gallery

1540 NE Miami Ct,
Miami, Florida 33132


Carlos Alfonzo
Dan Attoe
Luis Cruz Azaceta
Hernan Bas
Jose Bedia
Luis Colina
Tomas Esson
Luis Gispert
Ruben Torres Llorca
Jon Pylypchuk
Christian Schoeler
Michael Vasquez

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Cuban O! Major Exhibit of Cuban Art at Northrup King Building, Minneapolis

October 1, 2015

Northrup King Building,
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

 
In a first-of-its-kind exhibit for the Twin Cities, a wide-ranging exhibit of contemporary Cuban art by more than a dozen internationally-recognized Cuban artists will be displayed from October 1st through October 4th in northeast Minneapolis.

The exhibit, consisting of dozens of works and called Cuban O!, is curated by Cuban artist Ciro Quintana, who has been recognized as one of the most well-known and influential figures in Cuban art over the last thirty years. Creator of Pure Group, Quintana is part of a legendary generation of artists that emerged in Cuba in the early 80s and who are responsible for a revolution in Cuban Art.

Art from the following artists will be represented: Gustavo Acosta; Jairo Alfonzo; Kenia Alguiñao; Nestor Arena; Henry Ballate; Jose Bedia; Ariel Cabrera; Consuelo Castañeda; Tomas Esson; Carlos Estevez; Adrian Morales; Ciro Quintana; Pedro Vizcaino.

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Andrés Serrano in group show CRIME IN ART, at Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Poland

5.15.2014 – 09.28.2014

Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow (MOCAK)
ul. Lipowa 4, Krakow, Poland         

Crime in Art is the 4th exhibition to date in MOCAK’s series which combines art with the most significant civilisational themes such as history, sport, science and religion. To date, three exhibitions have taken place: History in Art, Sport in Art and Economics in Art. The series aims to present these – seemingly non-equivocal – concepts and demonstrate how many creative inspirations and how much symbolic potential there lurks in the everyday reality.

Crime reveals all the inner fanatical turmoil, bleak helplessness and wrong without atonement. Crime has two sources. It stems either from ‘lesser’ crimes that often go unpunished, because they have been committed in the privacy of the home on the weak and defenceless, who go on to seek revenge on society at large. Or else, crime is instigated by politics and religion. Crime reveals the abundance of evil inside us. It is the ultimate lesson in human vulnerability and cultural turmoil.

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Alexandra’s Art 954 presents

May 10, 2013

Oepning May 10 7 at PM

Wynwood Exhibition Center @ Cafeina Lounge
297 NW 23rd Street
Miami, FL

Exhibiting:

Jose Bedia, Cesar Beltran, Consuelo Castañeda, Tomas Esson, Pepe Franco, Ahmed Gomez, Alonso Mateo, Alejandro Mendoza, Eleomar Puente, Ciro Quintana, Ramon Williams

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