Tag : Cuban Art

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“Somos La Luz” Mural Commemorates COVID-19 Death

 Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada created a 20,000-square-foot mural in Queens, New York to commemorate one of the health care practitioners who lost his life during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Ydelfonso Decoo is the name of the Queen’s, New York doctor who succumbed to the virus. He worked on the front lines in New York City in the Spring of 2020. Known all over the world, Rodriguez-Gerada partnered with SOMOS Community Care.  The health network serves immigrants and other organizations.

The mural is in a parking lot outside The Queens Museum. It’s near the iconic Unisphere globe from New York’s 1964 World’s Fair. The artwork is titled “Somos la Luz” (We Are the Light).  It draws attention to the disproportionate amount of Latino and Black casualties of the virus.  The enormity of the painting reflects the large amount of victims of Covid-19 in the minority community. 

“It’s not just making something big, just for the sake of it, it’s also because what you’re saying is [this] important enough that it merits it,” says Rodriguez-Gerada.

The artist posted a YouTube video about the project in September. He noted “In New York City the coronavirus is killing Latinos and Blacks at double the rate that it is killing whites and Asians.” He gave statistics about the casualties. In addition, he urged the community to come together. 

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STILL I RISE, Cuban artist Armando Mariño at Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris

Cuban artist Armando Mariño exhibits his works at Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris from January 19 to March 6, 2021.

Galerie Anne de Villepoix :18 rue du Moulin Joly, 75011 Paris – France

More about Armando Mariño

Armando Mariño at CANY

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Quarantine: 40 Days and 40 Nights

Cuban-born visual artist, Geandy Pavón, created a series of stunning photographs during the quarantine of 2020.  Quarantine: 40 Days and 40 Nights is now on display at the Coral Gables Art Museum.  Guests can visit the exhibit in the museum’s Community Meeting Room until February 1, 2021. 

Starting on March 18, 2020 Pavón, originally from Las Tunas, Cuba, released a photograph a day on social media for forty days.  Along with his partner,  Imara López, they produced visually captivating images, which garnered them a following. Using the internet as a lifeline, he connected with people through the imagery. They captured scenes detailing domestic struggles of life during the lockdown, but they turned them into poetry. 

Using limited resources while trapped in López’s Buffalo, NY apartment, the artists wowed his viewers with his imaginative creations. He used simple objects such as flashlights and cardboard to reenact art history classics and popular religious rituals. 

In addition to the photographs, Pavón recorded video narrating the process of creating the artworks. In the exhibition room, guests will enjoy A soundtrack by renowned musician Paquito D’Rivera, created specifically for the exhibition. The soundtrack is comprised of two versions of the iconic La Bella Cubana, written by Afro-Cuban 20c composer, José Lafitte White.This exhibition was originally exhibited virtually at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C.

More Geandy Pavon Posts

Link to In art we trust

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Cuban American Artist honored with New USPS Stamp

Emilio Sanchez is the first Cuban American visual artist in history honored on a United States Postal Service stamp. The USPS dedicated the new series of Forever Stamps to Sanchez on the centennial anniversary of his birth in 1921. They will be released in the Summer of 2021.

The four stamps issued will reproduce four of his paintings. One of these works is Untitled (Ventanita entreabierta) from 1981, an oil and watercolor on paper. It belongs to the permanent collection of Caribbean Art at the Lowe Museum of Art in the University of Miami. 

Equally significant is that Victor Deupi a Professor of Architectural History at the University of Miami researched and wrote about Sanchez.  Deupi first learned about the Cuban visual artist when he visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “I had never heard of him until then, and before you know it, I began my research on Sanchez,” recounted Deupi to News@theU. 

He, along with many others at the University, is very excited about the announcement because it brings attention Cuban American art and culture. 
“It’s a wonderful honor on many fronts because it gives so many voices to people of different races and ethnic backgrounds,” explained to Deupi News@theU.

More posts on Emilio Sanchez

Wikipedia article on Emilio Sanchez

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Agustin Fernandez: Armaduras

ICA Miami invites you to a Zoom presentation on the release of its latest publication on Agustin Fernandez.

Thursday January 21, 2021 at 2 PM


Sign-up here to our Zoom Registration Link

More on Agustin Fernandez from the CANY Blog

Wikipedia link

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Rubén Torres-Llorca, José Bedia, Cruz Azaceta, González-Torres, Ana Mendieta, Sandra Ramos, Carlos Rodríguez Cárdenas, among Cuban artists included in “A to Z of Caribbean Art”, an anthology of artists of the Caribbean

Robert & Christopher Publishers, a Trinidad-based art book imprint, has published an anthology of important artists from the Caribbean, including Cuban artists from the diaspora.

A to Z of Caribbean Art is a joyous celebration of the lives and works of many of the most outstanding, prolific, groundbreaking, critical, fascinating, and controversial artists of the Caribbean. Thanks to the abécédaire format of this book, a multiplicity of artists have ended up in lively dialogue here. We connect people separated by geography, language, and time: 120 years of movements, moments, schools, and sociopolitical contexts; countries as far apart as Bermuda in the north to Guyana in the south; and the French, Dutch, English, and Spanish Caribbean.

Each artist is represented by a page that shows a definitive work, biographical details, and a short write-up about their oeuvre. These artists were selected based on a number of factors, including critical discourse around their work, inclusion in a significant publication, work written about in regional or international trade magazine, and participation in a curated exhibition at a major institution, or at a regional or international biennial.

Rubén Torres Llorca One of Us Can Be Wrong (2010)

Paperback: 304 pages
Published by: Robert & Christopher Publishers, November 2019
ISBN: 978-976-95344-9-0
Language: English

Cuban artists in CANY blog

Videos of Cuban artists in Youtube

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Cabin Fever Artist Talks – Features Cuban-born Jorge Wellesly

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey recently launched another video installment of their Cabin Fever Artist Talks. In this latest episode, Cuban-born artist Jorge Wellesly discusses his art. His work is about the relationship between truth, reality and language. The artist states, “I have seen that language is not enough to interpret reality and to communicate truth.” He often uses text in relation to social issues.  But he also uses symbolic elements such as billboards or public signs. He explains that they “remind us of how the power addresses us through media, advertising and now social media.” 

A multidisciplinary artist, Jorge uses various media such as painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation. He always strives to express the complexity of how to create meaning and sense. 

Influenced by Bauhaus and the Black Mountain College, he pays attention to the combination of several disciplines like architecture, science and art.  He also takes ideas from the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein who explained that “language is an arbitrary but necessary tool to build our reality.”  

When he lived in Cuba, his art was a mirror of social and political upheaval.  “Any art that criticized the communist government was censored or even punished with incarceration,” he said. For instance, in 2012 the Cuban government denied his artworks for the Havana Biennial.  They claimed the text was politically incorrect.

His move to the US impacted him personally and artistically. In 2019, he completed his first public sculpture. It includes four letters that spell SOUL in different colors to represent human diversity. He currently lives in Guttenberg, NJ.

The Cabin Fever Artist Talks provides methods for bringing people art at home safely as the Covid-19 health crisis continues.  It includes videos of artists detailing their artistic process and presenting studio tours.  

More info on Jorge Wellesly- Cuban Art Database, Cuba Art News

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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/

Tomás Esson at CANY blog

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MARIO PETRIRENA RECOLLECTS IN MOOD RING

“Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, to fail,” advises Cuban-American artist Mario Petrirena.  He shared his personal philosophy in Mood Ring. Mood Ring is a segment of Burnaway. Burnaway publishes a magazine and daily content that celebrates art in the South. Mario is the latest artist to be featured in Mood Ring. His article is titled “Mario Petrirena: Personal Thoughts on Process and Progress.” In the short journal-style piece, he provides guidance for budding artists as well as overall tips on living life. He writes: “You have to have a certain strength to put your work out there. Do it. The good, the bad and the ugly; all make us who we are.”

Along with his advice on art and life, he also shared photographs of his current works in progress. He collects old items and pieces from magazines to create collages in his artworks.

Mario Petrirena lives and works in Atlanta. His artworks, which include sculpture and installation, often express his dual-heritage and identity as an exile.  Petrirena attended the Rochester Institute of Technology School for American Craftsmen and the University of Florida. His work is visible in the collections of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, FL; Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, The Cintas Foundation, NY; the Carter Presidential Center, the Paul Jones Collection at the University of Delaware; MOCA GA, the Ogden Museum in New Orleans and numerous private collections.

Read more about Mario Petrirena on the CANY Blog

Cintas Foundation Link

Cuba Art NY Link

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María Magdalena Campos in Group Show ALIEN NATIONS 2020 at Coral Gables Museum

Carole A. Fewell Gallery

December 1st, 2020 – March 14th, 2021

Cuban Artist María Magdalena Campos is part of the group show ALIEN NATIONS 2020 at the Coral Gables Museum in Miami.

Alien Nations 2020 gathers a group of artists who convey different forms of alienation. It looks at a myriad of issues that are affecting the psychological state of the individual and the different groups within which we live.

Nearly two dozen creatives, both emerging and established, many with connections to South Florida, exhibit works in a broad range of media – painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, and performance documentation. Inscribed in a long tradition of responses to troubled times, these pieces not only portray the current socio-political and economic landscape, but also share sensitive insights into the direction of our humanity, and hope for the future.

Events:

January 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Artist Panel: Alien Nations

To RSVP for the panel: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsc-mqrz0oHdL1ZVt3QpNfuva_RbEuSMUB

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the conversation.

María Magdalena Campos at CANY BLOG

María Magdalena Campos online

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