Visiones 2: New Art from Cuba

March 12, 2009 to April 25, 2009

Paintings and prints by Javier Gonzalez Gallosa, Joel Jover, Alejandro Lazo, Alicia Leal, Reina Ledon, Mederox (José Mederos Sigler), Manuel Mendive, José Garcia Montebravo, Abel Perez Mainegra, Luis Rodriguez Arias, Jorge Sanfiel, Roberto Torres Lameda, Elio Vilva,Wayacon and others.

Philadelphia, PA - Marking ten years of exhibiting Cuban art in Philadelphia, Indigo Arts Gallery presents Visiones 2: New Art from Cuba. The exhibit coincides with both the 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution and the inauguration of a new president in the United States. The decades long trade embargo and the ban on travel by Americans to Cuba means that contemporary Cuban art is little exhibited in the United States. Tourist maps of the Caribbean routinely omit its largest island (and closest to the United states) entirely. But the powerful and expressive artwork shown here makes the vision and vitality of Cuba’s artists abundantly clear.

Visiones 2: New Art from Cuba, follows on Indigo Arts’ 2003 show, Cuban Visions/Visiones Cubanos. This is the sixth show of work by artists from Cuba at Indigo Arts, which has specialized in international ethnographic, folk and contemporary Arts since1986. The show is offered in the hope that 2009 may mark a new beginning in relations, cultural as well as political, between the United States and Cuba.

The exhibit opens on March 12th, 2009, with a reception from 6 to 9pm, and continues through April 25th, 2009. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, from 12 to 6pm.

The collection in Visiones 2 includes work by both self-taught and trained artists who live and work in Cuba. Among the self-taught artists are Javier Gonzalez Gallosa, José Garcia Montebravo, Jorge Sanfiel and Jorge Rivera Bernal from Cienfuegos, Abel Perez Mainegra and Elio Vilva from Trinidad, Reina Ledon and Pelly from Pinar del Rio, Jorge Sanfiel and Wayacon from Santa Clara, Alejandro Lazo from Havana, as well as Luis Rodriguez Arias and Roberto Torres Lameda, from near Santiago in eastern Cuba. The work by trained artists includes paintings by Joel Jover of Camaguey and works on paper by Havana artist Alicia Leal and the renowned Afro-Cuban master, Manuel Mendive.

The art reflects the daily rural life of Cuba, in the domestic scenes and landscapes of Rodriguez Arias, Torres Lameda, Reina Ledon, Gallosa and Pelly. Humorous juxtapositions of sacred and profane abound, as in Gallosa’s religious precession, “El Palo Guachinango”. One of the bearers of the statue of Santa Barbara wears a Che Guevara t-shirt, emblazoned with the ubiquitous slogan “hasta la victoria, siempre”, and others wave Cuban flags, while two dogs mate unashamedly in the foreground.
The octogenarian naif painter Abelito Perez Mainegra paints images of Jesus, Che Guevara, Jose Marti and the last supper with equal fervor.

Despite fifty years of communism, the art of Cuba is suffused with spirituality, of Christianity blended with Afro-Cuban religions such as Santeria. Examples range from the relatively literal images of saints and religious festivals by Gallosa and Pelly to the highly symbolic. Manuel Mendive’s is an amorphous spirit world of the orishas, a syncretism of Catholic saints with the deities of the Yoruba people. Elio Vilva’s tarot card-like images of the orishas list all their attributes with taxonomic precision. The paintings of Joel Jover, Alejandro Lazo and Mederox are mysterious but powerful images of the divine. Lazo’s work derives in large part from the Afro-Cuban religion of Palo Monte or Palo Mayombe - a nature-based religion whose name refers to the palos or sticks and branches that are used in magic spells. Critic Conrado de la Torre Saenz writes that Lazo “paints with energetic, vital and defiant gestures, a turmoil of feelings...”

Much of the work of José Garcia Montebravo is also inspired by the orishas, but with visual sophistication and ironic sense of humor. Montebravo is best known for his powerful images of Afro-Cuban infantas or princesses. In a witty play on both the court portraits of Velasquez and the Latin American“santo” icon tradition, Montebravo’s infantas are unmistakably Afro-Cuban women who carry the attributes of the orishas to which they are devoted. His “Infanta con Girasoles” holds sunflowers and wears a yellow dress and beads in honor to the orisha Oshun the protector of sailors, who is associated with the patron saint of Cuba, the Virgen del Cobre. While self-taught as a painter, Montebravo is a broadly-educated and endlessly curious man. The sources of his inspiration are diverse, encompassing natural history, religion, philately, and the entire history of art: “I find inspiration in the works of the greatest Cuban painters of all time and the greatest universal painters known.”

Indigo Arts wishes to express its thanks to the Center for Cuban Studies in New York, and its director, Sandra Levinson, for their assistance in presenting this exhibition .The works of Lazo and Mederox, in particular, are shown courtesy of the Center for Cuban Studies.
 

El Juego de Domino
SKU: RTL1501

(Mella),
Oil on Canvas (18" x 24"), 2015
With custom framing.

 

$1900
Orar Ante de Cenar
SKU: RTL-1601

(Mella, Cuba)
Oil on Canvas (16" x 24"), Framed.
2015

$1600 Framed
Roberto Torres Lameda
SKU: RTL0207

(Mella),
Oil on Canvas (23" x 15 1/2", 58cm x 40cm), 2002
Framed by the artist.

$1500
Hasta el Cuello (Up to your neck)
SKU: ALZ-1014

Alejandro Lazo
(Havana, Cuba, b. 1970),
Acrylic on canvas (23 1/2"  x 18"), 2009

$800
El Ojo del Amo (the eye of the master)
SKU: ALZ-1016

Alejandro Lazo
(Havana, Cuba, b. 1970),
Acrylic on canvas (23 1/2"  x 18"), 2009

$800
Al Final se lo Comen los Gusanos (in the end we are eaten by worms)
SKU: ALZ-1015

Alejandro Lazo
(Havana, Cuba, b. 1970),
Acrylic on canvas (23 1/2"  x 18"), 2009

$800
Por Cabezon te Paso (it happened because you were stubborn)
SKU: ALZ-1017

Alejandro Lazo
(Havana, Cuba, b. 1970),
Acrylic on canvas (18"  x 23 1/2"), 2009

$800
La Pipa
SKU: RTL-1503

(Mella, Cuba)
Oil on Canvas (18" x 13", 46cm x 33cm), 2015

$750
Jorge Rivera Bernal
SKU: Rivera-1

Oil & acrylic on Canvas, Framed
(24 x 25), 2000

$ 675 Framed
El Labrador
SKU: OPM-1601

(Mella, Cuba)
Oil on canvas (19 1/2” x 23 3/4”) (50 x 61cm), Framed.
2015

$650 Framed
Elio Vilva
SKU: Vilva-2

Acrylic on paper
(19 3/4 x 9 1/2), 2008

$595 (framed)
La Siembra
SKU: RTL-1605

(Mella),
Oil on Canvas (9" x 16"), 2016
 

$580
El Palmiche
SKU: RTL-1602

Mella, Cuba)
Oil on Canvas (16" x 9", 41cm x 23cm), 2015

$580
La ley de Mas Fuerte
SKU: MMS-9905

(Miami, Florida, born in Cuba)
Oil on plywood (24" x 24"), 1998
Framed.

$575
Birds and Faces
SKU: MMS-1101

(Miami, Florida, born in Cuba)
Oil on Canvas board (24" x 18"), 2003
Framed.

 

$550
Roberto Torres Lameda (Mella, Cuba)
SKU: RTL1502

Oil on Canvas (21" x 32), 2011
With custom framing.

$2200
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El Habanero
SKU: RTL-1601

Mella, Cuba)
Oil on Canvas (15" x 24", 38cm x 61cm), Framed.
2015

$1700 Framed
Product Status: 
ON HOLD
SKU: JLS-0302

(Cienfuegos, Cuba),
Acrylic on canvas (25 1/2 x 21 1/2), 2001
Framed

$875
Product Status: 
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Pancho
SKU: LRA-1601

(Mella, Cuba)
Oil on Canvas (11" x 14", 28 cm x 36cm). Framed.
2015

$675 Framed
Product Status: 
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Mi Tio y Los Cocos
SKU: RTL-1603

(Mella, Cuba)
Oil on Canvas (16" x 9", 41cm x 23cm), Framed.

2015

$675 Framed
Product Status: 
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Chivo y Circo
SKU: JLS-0309

(Cienfuegos, Cuba),
Acrylic on canvas (16 x 19), 2003
 Framed

$650
Product Status: 
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Pants
SKU: WAY-0307

Oil, acrylic, mixed media on cotton jeans.
(36" x 22"), c.2000

$600
Product Status: 
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Luis Joaquin Rodriguez Arias (Mella, Cuba)
SKU: LRA1501

Oil on Canvas (8 3/4" x 11 3/4"). 2012

$500
Product Status: 
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Himno de Hueso Pescado
SKU: JLS-0304

(Cienfuegos, Cuba),
Oil on canvas (18 x 14 3/4), 2001

$480
Product Status: 
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Reina Ledon
SKU: Ledon-9

Oil on Cardboard
(18 x 15), 1998

$400
Product Status: 
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Wayacon
SKU: Waya-7

Oil on board
(15 1/2x15), 1999

$450
Product Status: 
Sold
Luis Joaquin Rodriguez Arias
SKU: RodriguezSr-8

(Mella, Cuba),
Serigraph Exhibition Poster(26 x 18 1/2), 2001

$200
Product Status: 
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Luis Joaquin Rodriguez Arias (Mella, Cuba)
SKU: LRA-1502

Oil on Canvas (5 1/2" x 7"). 2014

$200
Product Status: 
Sold
The Offering
SKU: RGE-1104

The Offering  
Roberto Gil Esteban (Cienfuegos, Cuba)
Acrylic on canvas (8 x 10), c.2010

$110
Product Status: 
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Jorge Sanfiel
SKU: JLS-0313

Oil on paper
(9 1/4 x 6 3/4), 2001

$110
Product Status: 
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Cantando al Gato
SKU: RGE-1102

Cantando al Gato 
Roberto Gil Esteban (Cienfuegos, Cuba)
Acrylic on canvas (8 x 10), c.2010

 

$110
Product Status: 
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Amor con Peces
SKU: AL-0301

(Havana, Cuba),
Serigraph on paper (20 x 28), 2000

Price on Request
Product Status: 
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El arroyo de la sierra... (José Marti)
SKU: AL-0302

(Havana, Cuba),
Serigraph on paper (20 x 27 1/2), #102/120, 1997

price on Request
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Mujer, Gato y Pajaro
SKU: AL-0303

Serigraph on paper (20 x 27 1/2), #75/100, 2000

price on Request
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Mujer con Pez
SKU: JGG-0301

(Cienfuegos, Cuba),
Acrylic on canvas
(25" x 25"), 2003
Gallosa's painting Mujer con Pez is featured on the cover of the 2009 album Timba Talmud, by the Sexteto Rodriguez, lead by Roberto Juan Rodriguez, on John Zorn's Tzadik label.

Price on Request
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Pescando
SKU: JGG-1001

(Cienfuegos, Cuba),
Acrylic on canvas
(24" x 36"), 2009

Price on Request
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En la Loma Van a Dar Telefonos
SKU: JGG-0801

(Cienfuegos, Cuba),
Acrylic on canvas
(31" x 39 1/4"), 2006

According to the artist: "that fight was real.. the people was more than creazy to get one of the phones that the Goverment was giving because that give you more freedom and actually is the way that you can get some kind of better standard of live in Cuba because the people around you need the same service and that mean you can have from them some other favors like food, soap, oil, etc... that are pretty hard to find in down there like you know...

Price on Request
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El Palo Guachinango
SKU: JGG-0601

(Cienfuegos, Cuba),
Acrylic on canvas
(43 1/2" x 29 1/4"), 2005

Price on Request
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El Pajaro Azul
SKU: JGM-0320

José Garcia Montebravo (Cienfuegos, Cuba),
Acrylic on Canvas (23 x 17), 2003
Ex. private collection.

Price on Request
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Cityscape 11-9-16
SKU: DVD-1703

Ballpoint pen ink on paper
(11 5/8" x 16"), September 11, 2016.
Framed.

Price on Request
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Mujeres con Gallo y Flores

Javier Gonzalez Gallosa (Cienfuegos, Cuba),
Acrylic on paperboard
(28" x 22"), 2011

Sold
Product Status: 
Sold
SKU: 
ALM-1401

Angel Llopiz Martinez
(Mella, Cuba),
Oil on Canvas (25 x 21), 10/28/2013

$675

SOLD 10/14

Sold
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José Garcia Montebravo
SKU: 
JGM0814

(Cienfuegos, Cuba),
Oil on canvas, with custom framing.
((21" x 17"), 2008

Price on Request
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José Garcia Montebravo - Infanta con Flores del Monte

(Cienfuegos, Cuba),
Oil on canvas
(31 1/2" x 23 1/2"), 2008

(framed)

Price on Request
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Roberto Torres Lameda

(Mella),
Oil on Canvas (20 x 29 1/2), 1999
Framed by artist.

Sold
Product Status: 
Sold