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Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


An Exhibit of Cuban and Grenadian Art On the Occasion of the th 34 Year of Bi-Lateral Relations between The Republic of Cuba and Grenada Presented By

テ]gel Reigosa de la Cruz and the Grenada National Museum 12 th April, 2013

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


The occasion of this exhibition of Cuban and Grenadian Art marks a significant milestone. The anniversary of the 34th year of Bi-lateral Diplomatic Relations is important to celebrate, as Grenada has benefited greatly from this relationship. From assistance in building the Maurice Bishop International Airport, to the many University Scholarships to Grenadian students, the eye surgery programme, the reconstruction help after Hurricane Ivan, the Cuban doctors and nurses who serve in Grenada, and many unseen kindnesses, Cuba and has shown itself to be a friend to Grenada. Cuba has set an example in the Caribbean of developing the creative resources of its people so that it can be a cultural and economic resource. The many art schools, the museums of historic art, the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Centre, the Cuba Bienale, the craft markets spread across Havana displaying the artists’ work all provide a place for different types of art to be developed and displayed. Cuba has demonstrated that art is not a luxury for the rich, but a vital part of everyday life for all of the people. Most importantly, Cuba values its own artists enough to share their work with the world in the collections of Cuban Embassies around the world. This collection of work from the Cuba Embassy in Grenada is that which we have the privilege of viewing. Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


To celebrate this occasion with a combined exhibit of art is also important in to Grenada. The work of the Grenadian artists on view is elevated by being displayed along side of Cuba’s artists. It should be noted that none of the Grenada Artists represented were able to receive a comprehensive art education in Grenada. Inspite of this, with little institution support, our artists have exhibited in international museums, art fairs, and expositions. Imagine how much more of an impact this will have when Grenada begins to seriously invest in the creative potential of its people. A permanent structure for the development of the visual and performance arts would give not only a place for Grenada’s visual history to be viewed and preserved, but a place for Grenada’s imaginative people to be advanced. And, ever faithful, Cuba has promised technical help in the form of teachers should such a facility be built. From Cuba we learn that the spirit of a person greatly benefits from “Los frutos de la cultura”. (the fruit of the culture). Let us feast our eyes and enjoy this bounty from the artists, Cuban and Grenadian, in this exhibition. With thanks to those who helped make this Exhibition possible: The Cuban Embassy, Gipsy Rodriguez, Oliver Benoit, The Grenada National Museum, The Grenada Arts Council Susan Mains, Curator

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Victor Manuel GarcĂ­a.

1897-1969, Havana.

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Victor Manuel studied at the San Alejandro Academy of Art. Though seeming to be a prodigy, his first exhibition was not until 1924 at Las Galleries. Returning to Cuba in 1927 after two years abroad, he organized a solo exhibition at the Association of Painters and Sculptors were his work was critically acclaimed, and he became an exhibitor in the New Art Exposition of 1927. His style evolved over his career, starting with Euro-primitivism and culminating with La Gitana Tropical (The Tropical Gypsy) painted in Paris in 1929. He evolved a spare syntax; muted colours and a tense calm pervades his work at this time, his subject matter mainly women and landscapes. In the 40´s and 50´s his work became more stylized, with strong color, and in his last years his work was almost abstract.

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Amelia Pelรกez del Casal

1896-1968, Yaguajay

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Amelia Peláez entered the San Alejandro Academy of Art at the age 20 instead of the usual 12, and studied under Leopoldo Romanach, as did Victor Manuel. Her first show, with Maria Pepa Lamarque, was in 1924. Peláez spent six years in Paris, returning in 1933. Though belonging to the Vanguardia generation, her best known work dates from the 40´s and 50´s. A painter, muralist and potter, she made numerous murals in public buildings including the Plaza of the Revolution and the façade of the Havana Libre Hotel. In 1934, she won a prize at the National Salon and exhibited many of her works, made in Paris, at the Lyceum. In 1938 she began adding elements of traditional Cuban architecture to her still-life paintings, this formalism a result of her studies in Paris. She started making pottery in 1950. She participated in the 1944 MoMA exhibition, 1945 and 1951 Sao Paolo Art Biennales, and 1952 Venice Biennale. In 1968 she received the National Order 30 Years Dedicated to the Arts. Her last exhibition, the year before her death, Guaches y Cerámics at the Havana Lyceum 1967, was a collection of her paintings and ceramics spanning four decades from the 1920´s.

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Juan Moreira

1938, Havana

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Studied at the School of Art and Design and the San Alejandro Fine Art Academy, graduating in 1963. Influenced by Hispanic and African cultures, his images are human combined with mythical animals, totems and idols symbolizing man and woman as creators of life within nature.

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


RenĂŠ Portocarrero

1912-1985, Havana.

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Portocarrero was self-taught, learning from his environment. At 22 he exhibited at the Havana Lyceum and his work appeared in magazines of the period. Around 1943, whilst teaching at the Havana jail, he created a religious mural. He began some of his most famous series, ¨Interiors¨ and ¨Figures for a Contemporary Mythology¨, followed by a series dedicated to the Cuban countryside. Part of the 1944 MOMA exhibition, he also exhibited at the Julian Levy Gallery in 1945 at the request of Chagall, Guggenheim, Dalí and Breton. He worked in cycles throughout his career, Venice Biennial. His themes included ¨Masks¨ 1955, ¨The Dream¨ 1960, ¨Carnival¨ 1970, ¨Seated Figures¨ 1975, and ¨Transfiguration and Escape¨1982. Portocarrero has said of his own painting, ¨Critics have pointed out that in my work there is continuity, there is no rupture. It can be summarized in one sole painting, and that´s because it responds to one same hand, although in my paintings you may find all the styles and none at all, or a style representing a turning point. It´s somehow like Havana, that does not have a definite architectural style, yet in it all styles find a space. ¨¨ Conceptually, his paintings allude to a barroquiano dialogue, intertwining elements of colonial figures and interiors that express the representation of Cuba. In his paintings of angels, in the Museum of Art in New York, he reflects a certain mystique end expresses this celestial theme with a picaresque satire. Portocarrero´s work was included in the ¨Lam and his Contemporaries (1938-1952)¨exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Esteban Machado DĂ­az

1965-, El Gabriel, Havana

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Painter, cartoonist and illustrator. Education : Degree in Construction, Master in Educational Sciences. Publications on his work include Revista Opus Havana, Journal pelican of Havana Bay, Magazine Bohemia. Critical articles published in the Granma International, The Cayman Bearded, Vollek LĂŤtzebuerger Zeitung vum (Luxembourg Press) and several Cuban and International cultural web portals. Cuban National TV: From the Big Picture, Blue Huron, Art Site, The Other View, as well as news programs.

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Alicia de la Campa

March 9, 1966. Havana. Cuba

. Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Graduated in 1986 from the “San Alejandro” National School of Fine Arts. Graduated in 1990 from the specialty of Art Class at the “Enrique José Varona” Higher Pedagogical Institute. Texts, reviews and reproductions of her work appeared in catalogues and in several specialized reviews magazines in Cuba and abroad. Part of her work is in private and public collections in more than fourteen countries. So far, she has done eighteen personal exhibitions and more than one hundred collective exhibitions in Cuba and abroad. She teaches Painting and Drawing at the “San Alejandro” National School of Fine Arts.

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Manuel L贸pez

Oliva

1947- Manzanillo

Cuba

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


L贸pez Oliva graduated from the National School of Art in Havana in 1969 and has participated in over 80 shows in museums, galleries and other cultural institutions in Cuba. He is not only a recognized painter and art critic, but he is also known for having experimented with diverse artistic expressions. Among many national honours, he holds the National Culture Award and an Honorary Degree for Artistic Merit awarded by the Cuban Superior Institute of Arts. In 2000, he received the Guy P茅rez Cisneros National Prize for lifetime achievements in the field of art and cultural criticism. A constant contributor to the Cuban press, he has also published essays and criticisms in the diverse media of Spain, France, Colombia, Italy, Sweden, Poland and Chile. L贸pez Oliva offers master's classes and lectures in cultural institutions and universities in both Cuba and abroad. Manuel Lopez Oliva

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Servando Cabrera Moreno

1923-1981, Havana, Cuba

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


1935-42 San Alejandro Academy, Havana; 1945 Art Students League, New York; 1953 Grande ChaumiĂŠre, Paris. Solo exhibitions in France, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, USA, and Cuba.

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


John Benjamin

1934—2011, Grenada

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


John Benjamin was a prolific painter, a self-taught artist who began painting as a child. He was also an educator who began his career as a primary school teacher in St. Andrews. Benjamin was the recipient of several prizes during his long career as an artist. In 1961, Benjamin was awarded a Commonwealth art scholarship to study art education at the Brighton College of Art in Sussex, United Kingdom. He was the first teacher from Grenada to undertake such training and was expected to play a decisive role in the development of the visual art in Grenada. (Brighton and Hove Herald Sept 1961). On his return to Grenada in 1962 Benjamin continued to paint and had many exhibitions in Grenada. He was collected internationally, and very few of his works remain in Grenada.

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Oliver Benoit

1957- Grenada

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Benoit is an abstract artist who considers painting to be one of his professions which he has been doing for most of his life. His paintings are in oil, acrylic,watercolour and encaustic. The multilayered and thus multidimensional work seeks to provoke the viewer, urging them to question their reality in relation to some of the watershed moments of our time. “Painting has frequently been an act of political or social commentary for Oliver Benoit, whose stimulating, multilayered works present to us challenging interactions between his powerful themes and the textures and colours which bring them forth. “(Agora Gallery, October 2009).enoit’s paintings are found in private and corporate collections in many countries, including Grenada, England and Scotland in the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Japan, United States of America and Israel, as well as on public display at the Grenada Embassy, Washington, DC. U.S.A.; Grenada Development Bank; Grenada museum; Museum of Nature and Culture Convention of Biodiversity, Montreal, QC. Canada. Lives and works in Grenada

www.oliverbenoit.com

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Gordon

Hamilton

1946-

Grenada

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Jamaica School of Art 1971-1975. Hamilton was sent to Jamaica to study art, and returned to Grenada and became fully involved in teaching. His dream of directing an art school located in Grand Etang did not materialise, but his efforts to educate have continued nonetheless. He works in oil paint with careful strokes, depicting realistically the beauty of Grenada, its flora and people. He has exhibited locally, and been part of a group exhibition that was sent to the OAS gallery in Washington DC. His work is found in many local corporate and international collections. Lives and works in Grenada

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Lisa Hererra

1963- Grenada

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Self-taught and tutored by other artists in oils . Inspired by the colors and vibrant simplicity of everyday island life, she paints prolifically, and has gained a following of collectors both in Grenada and abroad. She has travelled in Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean and has been inspired by the lifestyles, people and cultures. She has experimented in expressionism and cubism and more recently, realism becomes the focus of the work. Lives and works in Grenada www.lisaherrera.com

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Suelin Low Chew Tung

1965- Trinidad/Grenada

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Studied Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida Exhibited locally and internationally as well as curated several Grenada exhibits that were shown internationally. Travelled to Cuba in 2006 to see the Havana Bienale, and was equally inspired by the grand architecture and atmosphere of the old city, as well as the ingenuity of the Cuban artists, in particualar in Jaimanitas, home town to Jose Fuster. These works are from a series of works still in progress about that Havanah trip. Has written and presented have presented papers on Grenada’s history through its traditional carnival portrayals at Caribbean studies and literature conferences in Grenada, Jamaica and Puerto Rico. Two papers on the Grenada Carnival ShortKnee have been published. Envisioned and executed the long mural on Lowthers Lane in St. George’s depicting the original people of Grenada, the Kalinagos. Lives and works in Grenada.

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Gordon Vivian 1933-

de la Mothe

Carriacou,

Grenada

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Portrait of Donna Oil on board 1979

Educated England, Luton College of Art, Maidstone College of Art, University of Liverpool. Taught art in England, Kent 1974-85. Exhibted London, Royal Academy Summer Art Exhibit, New English Art Club, Royal Society of British Artists, One person show at BBC Studios. Returned to Grenada in 1998 and taught art at T.A. Marryshow Community College. Has exhibited in many local shows. One man show in 2003-04. Wrote the book Reconstructing the Black Image. Lives and works in Grenada.

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Susan Mains

1958- USA/Grenada

From the Mask Series

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Educated USA, self-taught artist. Began painting in the 80’s while living in Dominica. Returned to Grenada in 1992, and has exhibited extensively locally and internationally. Strong colour and contrast characterise the work. Widely collected, her popular work explores the many layers of the beautiful Caribbean. Her contemporary work deals with social issues, having documented the civil war in Sierra Leone, the aftermath of the Grenada Revolution,and dealt with women’s issues in the Mask series. World ecological issues were examined in the “Little Boats” installation which has been shown in Shanghai, China, Dominican Republic, and Barbados. Operates Art and Soul Gallery, at Spiceland Mall in Grenada, established 2002. Lives and works in Grenada

www.susanmains.com

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Copyright for all artists are protected by International copyright law and may not be used without express permission. Grenada 2013

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


The opening, 12th April 2013 Abasador Angel Reigosa de la Cruz

and Gipsy Rodriguez

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Angus Martin Grenada National Museum

Brenda Hood Parliamentary Secretary

Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Susan Mains Artist Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Cuba Grenada Exhibition Grenada National Museum April 2013


Art Exhibit Cuba - Grenada 2013