Tag : San Alejandro Art Academy

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Ofill Echevarria’s “El Mundo de los Vivos” is Released

This first book of Cuban American artist Ofill Echevarria (La Habana, 1972) is presented in collaboration with Un-Gyve Limited. Debuting as a member of Grupo Arte Calle in 1988, a graduate of la Academia San Alejandro, Ofill Echevarria has since exhibited his work in galleries and museums internationally. He lives and works in New York City, the urban reality of which is vividly depicted in “El Mundo de los Vivos” book and touring exhibition.

Unveiled in Mexico City with the support of Galeria Alfredo Ginocchio and the exhibit “Momentum,” the work has now launched in the United States with the coinciding solo exhibition “The Real World,” new large scale oil paintings from Ofill and a selection of his moving pictures, at the Carriage House Center for the Arts, sponsored by the Cuban Cultural Center and the Gabarron Foundation, New York City.

The 125 page clothbound hardcover with text contributed by Carol Damian, Emilio Garcia Montiel and Alejandro Robles, translated by Marilu Menendez is now available for purchase online.

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Manuel Carbonell sculpture on display at von Liebig Art Center

The Naples Art Association at The von Liebig Art Center has installed a sculpture by Cuban artist Manuel Carbonell at the main entrance to the building. The work, titled “Torso” is a bronze sculpture with black patina. Carbonell is the last of the Cuban modern master sculptors of his generation. His work is often regarded alongside other internationally-known greats including Rodin, Henry Moore, Brancusi, and Lipchitz. His sculptures are unmistakably modern; he masterfully transforms metal materials such as bronze into works of beauty, grace and harmony.

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Helping the Modern Get Over Itself

by Roberta Smith

The Museum of Modern Art has unveiled changes in its galleries which include the addition of a painting by Cuban Grandmaster Amelia Pelaez.

The permanent collection of any great museum is in a state of constant, usually subtle flux. Works go up, are shifted about and later removed from view, making way for others…..

…..And then there’s the small, wonderfully dense Gallery 4, loosely devoted to still life with works from 1915 to the early 1950s. My favorite on either floor right now, this selection juxtaposes paintings by Matisse, Braque and Giorgio Morandi with surprises by, among others, the American outsider Forrest Bess, Bernard Buffet (French), Gertrude Green (American), Emilio Pettoruti (Argentine) and Amelia Peláez Del Casal (Cuban). The Del Casal, “Fishes,” was painted in 1943 under the spell of Picasso (and acquired the following year), but it definitely has a mind of its own.

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Outside Cuba

Contemporary Cuban Visual Artists

By: Ileana Fuentes, Graciella Cruz-Taura, Ricardo Pau-Llosa

Outside Cuba is the catalog of the exhibition of the same name which brings the first major showing of the work of contemporary Cuban Artists since the Museum of Moden Art in New York staged Modern Cuban Painters in 1944.

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Rafael Soriano

By Jorge Moya

A documentary about the life and work of Cuban painter Rafael Soriano.
An intimate portrait as told by the artist himself, his wife Milagros, and the historian and poet Ricardo Pau-Llosa. This tale about the history of the third generation of painters from the vanguard of the fifties in Cuba is also a personal journey full of imagination and poetry; a journey that allows us to contemplate the light and its spirit as seen through the work of this unique artist.
In Spanish with English subtitles.

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Gina Pellon

Video of Gina working in her Paris Studio.

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Carlos Estévez – Encrypted Messages/Mensajes cifrados

April 16 – May 21, 2011

Los Angeles, CA

Couturier Gallery

166 N. La Brea Ave.

Opening reception: Saturday, April 16 5-8pm

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Pablo Cano – The Ladies in White

Miami, FL

March 12 – May 7, 2011

Kelley Roy Gallery
50 NE 29th St.
Miami, FL 33137

The Kelley Roy Gallery will host its second solo exhibition of art works by Pablo Cano, the internationally recognized performance artist, painter, sculptor, ceramist and master puppeteer. This exhibition coinciding with Cano’s 50th birthday will feature three different surveys of Cano’s work starting with a collection of his early drawings including “Juanita” created in 1982.

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Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons – Art Practice as Research Blog

As a Cuban born artist, the embodied cognition that shapes the art practice of Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons is her deep cultural connections. For Pons, inquiry into cultural histories involves dealing with the way her black heritage is represented and the realization that “the history that I have access to is the history that is told through a voice that is not necessarily of the black people” (interview with the author, 1996). In investigating these historical dislocations Pons uses the body as a window through which to explore autobiographical aspects of the past.

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Mario Bencomo – Opalia

The Americas Collection

Exhibit of Mario Bencomo’s recent work.

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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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Roberto Estopiñan – Homage to a great master

Miami, FL

Friday March 18, 2011

from  6:30 to 8 PM

Exhibit from March 18 to April 12, 2011

Miami Dade College West
3800 NW 115 Avenue
Doral, FL
305 237 8907

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Roberto Estopiñán

(Camaguey, 1921; lives in Miami)

Estopiñán worked in sculpture, drawing, and printmaking. In the 1940s, he participated in the struggle between different concepts in the field of modern sculpture in Cuba. He emigrated from Cuba in the 1960s, and continued his artistic career in exile. He focused on the female torso as his obsessive subject of investigation, in many varieties of forms.

Biographical excerpt from the LUAG teaching collection
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Rafael Soriano – Lowe Art Museum

Miami, FL

Sunday March 27, 2011 1PM

Closing Ceremony

The Lowe Art Museum is located at the University of Miami at 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables.

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Mario Petrirena – Collage two ways

Collage two ways: Mario Petrirena and Daniel Biddy

Artists Mario Petrirena and Daniel Biddy are currently showing collages at Sandler Hudson Gallery and Barbara Archer Gallery, respectively.

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Enrique Gay Garcia

One of the grand masters of Cuban Art gives a rare interview.

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Agustin Fernandez

Beautiful Video by Ricardo Vega, a view of a day in the life of Agustin.

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Jose Bedia Video -On his work

In Spanish

Artist Jose Bedia presents his exhibit RE-Corrido in the GE Gallery in Monterey Mexico.

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Elapso Tempore

In Spanish

By: Hugo Consuegra

Autobiography of artist. Hugo Consuegra was a member of  “Los Once” a group of established Cuban Artists who in the 50′s started the movement of Cuban modernism.

To order: [ Amazon ]

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Ofill Echevarria

Represented by Ginocchio Galeria

Arquímedes 175
Polanco. 11570, Mexico, D.F.
tel 52 55 5254 8813

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Hugo Consuegra

By: Lisset Martínez Herryman and Gustavo Valdés

To order: [Amazon]

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Memoria – Cuban Art of the 20th Century

An encyclopaedic view of Cuban Art.

Published by California International Arts Foundation

By: Jose Veigas,
Cristina Vives,
Adolfo V. Nodal,
Valia Garzón
Dannys Montes de Oca

To order:   [ Amazon ]

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Silvia Lizama

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO: Two Perspectives

Works by Laura Luna and Silvia Lizama

September 11 – December 5, 2010
Opening Reception
September 17, 2010
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Andy Gato Gallery
Barry University, Thompson Hall,
11300 NE Second Avenue,
Miami Shores, FL 33161

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Miguel Padura

Various exhibits

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Humberto Castro

Various exhibits at Virginia Miller Galleries

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Ruben Torres Llorca at Praxis International

Solo Show 2009
Praxis international is proud to present “Los peores hombres cuentan las mejores historias”…The worst men tell the best stories.

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Baruj Salinas – Caminos

DF, Mexico

March 9 to April 21, 2011

Opening March 9, 2011 7:30 PM

Fundación Maestro José Luis Cuevas
La Academia 13, Cuauhtémoc, 06060
Centro Historico D.F.
tel: 01 55 5522 0156

We are proud to announce the exhibit:

CAMINOS

30 años entre América y Europa

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Ramon Williams – Art as Knowledge – Interview

Miami Art Guide Magazine

By Francis Acea

Ramón Williams is an artist that shows little concern about boundaries. Formed as an art educator, his perception of art is undermined by a sense of integrality that allows him to move from one art discipline to another without giving too much importance to the medium.

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Come together: Frances Trombly and Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova

Miami Beach, FL

March 23 – June 19, 2011

Bass Museum of Art, Miami
2100 Collins Avenue (between 21st & 22nd)
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
t: 305.673.7530
f: 305.673.7062

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Luis Cruz Azaceta. Back in Cuban-American land – Interview

Miami Art Guide

December 2010

By Francis Acea

Luis Cruz Azaceta is an award-winning artist whose works have been exhibited and included in numerous collections worldwide. Being a Cuban-born who left the island in his early years to settle in NYC made him also and expat teenager. I believe that young Luis didn’t have much of an idea of how this particular event would shape his future then – neither in a good nor in a bad way -  but in the way only expats get to know with time: the challenge of having to re-invent the self in order to accommodate the many contradictions arising from the culture shock, or what many simply call “to adapt”.

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