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The young and the Restless: Contemporary Art

Opening July 5, 2013

 

Cernuda Arte
3155 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Coral Gables, FL

Exhibiting:

José Bedia,  Humberto Castro,  Demi,,   Julio LarrazManuel MendiveClara MoreraGina PellónArturo RodríguezTomás Sánchez, and others.

 

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DEMI Interview

Cuban-American artist DEMI describes her life and her paintings in 7 minutes

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Drawings – Demi

Video by Pedro Portal on the drawings of Demi.

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Demi – Lecture – Cremata Gallery

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 7 PM

Cremata Gallery has the pleasure of presenting a lecture by Juan Martinez, Ph.D. 
Professor at Florida International University, Chairman of the Department of Art and Art History, author of the recently published book, Carlos Enríquez, The Painter of Cuban Ballads, and author of the book, Cuban Art & National Identity: The Vanguardia Painters 1927 – 1950 to accompany the exhibit

DEMI: Drawings

Cremata Gallery
1646 SW 8th ST.
Miami, FL 33135
Reservations: To reserve your place contact: lourdes@crematagallery.com

Limited seating available.

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DEMI: Drawings at Cremata Gallery, Miami

Opening: Friday, March 16th, 2012 – 7:00-10:00 pm
Location: Cremata Gallery, 1646 SW 8th ST. Miami, FL 33135
Show Dates: From March 16 – April 20, 2012

Cremata Gallery proudly presents ” DEMI: Drawings”. This exhibition will present 35 works on paper and five sculptures by the well-known artist DEMI. This is one of the few times that the artist will exhibit her works on paper, which is a part of her work that has not been shown as often as her well known paintings.

DEMI’s works on paper exemplifies the possibilities of the medium on her own terms. With color pencils, various pens, watercolor, acrylic and ink, DEMI’s lines move across the paper from the subtle and delicate to the harsh and strong. These works are composed in an open and flexible manner, in them drawing becomes an adventure without dogmas whose lyricism and freedom reminds us of the best of Paul Klee.

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Los niños asombrados de Demi en Arteamericas

Son niños sufridos. De ojos asombrados. Destetados a destiempo. Son niños cubanos. Pero pudieran ser de cualquier otro país donde se pierden las libertades y se suspenden los derechos humanos.

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In spanish

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Demi – Arteamericas

March 2 – March 5, 2012

Arteamericas
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL

Cremata Gallery is pleased to present at arteamericas an exhibit of the recent paintings of Demi.

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Demi to exhibit at Arteamerica

March 2 -March 5, 2012

Miami Beach Convention Center,
1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, Florida.
Cremata Gallery Booth #912

Cremata Gallery is pleased to present at Arteamerica  a solo exhibition of paintings by DEMI, one of the most critically acclaimed Cuban-American artists in the United States. The exhibition is an extensive body of work, executed within the past five years by a painter known for her mastery of color, light, and texture.  The exhibition will open on Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m. and will continue until Monday, March 5.

DEMI’s work is highly acclaimed and has been widely exhibited and published.

She has been represented in group and solo exhibitions for more than 25 years, and often uses her work as a forum to raise awareness for children’s rights.  Since

1998, the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art has been collecting DEMI’s primary records (correspondence, notebooks, drawings, photographs, catalogues).

In 2009, DEMI was personally invited by the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Miguel Diaz, to display one of her work in the U.S. Embassy residence in the Vatican City.

The painting,   Two Artists and Their Children of Their Imagination, will be on view for two and a half years as part of the prestigious ART IN EMBASSIES program.

DEMI’s work is featured in many public and private collections worldwide and have been widely exhibited in galleries and museums in Switzerland, France, Panama, Puerto Rico and the United States.

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DEMI in group show at Nassau County Museum of Art, New York

Exploraciones Contemporáneas

September 17, 2011 – November 27, 2011

Nassau County Museum of Art

One Museum Drive
Roslyn Harbor, New York 11576

Expressing rich, fascinating and complex concerns, Latin American art has moved to the forefront of the world of visual arts. This art ranges stylistically from folk art to the avant-garde movements of Europe and North America and reflects the broad diversity of Latin culture today. Exploraciones Contemporáneas, on view in museum’s Collectors Circle Gallery from September 17 through November 27, includes work by such varied artistic voices as Vik Muniz of Brazil, Cuban-American DEMI, Manuel Esnoz of Argentina and Dario Escobar of Guatemala. The exhibition is organized by Elaine Berger for the Contemporary Collectors Circle.

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Demi

Salamatina Gallery Exhibit

February 4 to April 2

DEMI: Some Thoughts on her Work

Alejandro Anreus

Although I had seen DEMI’s work in reproduction for the past decade or so, a recent direct encounter with a substantial amount of her paintings and drawings has brought me to this sheet of paper and the thoughts that follow.

DEMI began painting in Spain in 1983. Her only technical orientation came from her husband, the painter Arturo Rodríguez. Since then she has developed a body of work whose vision is unique, and whose pictorial craft has become more complex and rich with time. Her recent solo show at Salamatina Gallery (Manhasset, NY) consisted of 16 large acrylic on canvas paintings and a small group of drawings in mixed media. This is the first time that the artist exhibits her graphic work; these drawings are simply marvelous. With coloring pencils, various pens, watercolor and ink, DEMI’s lines move across the paper from the subtle and delicate to the harsh and strong. These works are composed in an open and flexible manner, in them drawing becomes an adventure without dogmas, whose lyricism and freedom reminds us of the best of Paul Klee.

The canvases are large and layered, populated by those strange children of DEMI’s, who evoke ancient wise men and women, or outsiders that in reality are enlightened visionaries. Her work is not sentimental or kitschy, on the contrary. Within it there is an almost hallucinating resistant quality which is hard and tough. It dismantles sweet and simplistic visions of childhood. I dare say, without asking the artist, that her painting is profoundly spiritual. I see in the work a preoccupation with the space inhabited by human beings; that which exists between earth and the infinite, and depicts the sacramental relation between figure and environment. In a work such as One More Day on Earth, which is the title of her exhibition, we see a battle waged between the children of light and those of darkness. Innocence is the source of strength of these bald little girls, and it appears visualized as light, which becomes the weapon in the struggle against darkness. Two other extraordinary canvases dominate this consistently strong exhibition: Who is Afraid of the Big Black Bear and Black Angel. The first depicts children playing in a dark room while a large stuffed bear observes them from the rear of the composition. Painted in browns, ochre and pinks, the picture evokes mystery and uncertainty. The children stare at us and at the bear. They, us, we, sense the future terror of their world with the loss of innocence and arrival of experience.

Black Angel quite simply belongs in a museum. The painting is an icon of innocence surrounded by the infinite possibilities of the color white. The child evokes the salvific qualities of the child Jesus, and obviously also the African identity of much of Caribbean culture, into which as a Cuban, the artist was born. But beyond my limited iconographic interpretation, this work is just good painting with a capital P, where DEMI bets on the power of the pictorial surface and wins. What could have been a mannered and saccharine image is transformed into an icon of innocence as strength.

I reject the past comparisons between DEMI’s paintings and those of Frida Kahlo. Kahlo’s pictures are tortured and materialistic, while DEMI’s are spiritual and redemptive. She belongs to the family of visionaries such as England’s Richard Dadd or Mexico’s Jesús Reyes Ferreira. Like their worlds, hers is unique and it escapes comparison. We have to see it.

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DEMI – Salamatina Gallery

Manhasset, NY

February 4 to April 2, 2011

OPENING RECEPTION FOR THE ARTIST :
Friday, February 4, 2011 – 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Please rsvp to info@salamatina.com by February 1, 2011

Salamatina Gallery
2032 Northern Boulevard,
Manhasset, NY 11030
tel:516 439 4471

www.salamatina.com

Review by Alejandro Anreus

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