I don’t see a unified “American Art” in the USA. I don’t see a unifying “Cuban Art” among dozens of Cuban artists either. Viva la difference! (How does one say that in Spanish?) Gaudi-inspired José Fuster creating a mini city of “Fusterlandia” in Jaimanitas, outside Havana, with his colorful mosaics on his own and neighbors homes. In this kingdom, rum flows freely, and roosters and horses abound.
JAMA (Jose Andres Matos was born in Cuba, left for Costa Rica, and now lives in Naples.
Eduardo Miguel Abela Torras, son of famous Cuban artist Eduardo Torras, lives in Cuba. He delivers rich surreal or avant-garde allegories of Cuban events with a sense of humor.
Another painting has a woman in Renaissance-era clothing and fishing gear perched on a large black inner tube. Hmmm. Your impressions are welcomed!
Other artists include Humberto Castro with his hauntingly beautiful image of a young person adrift in a small boat, between two women on two different shores (below);
What’s controversial? Plenty! To many Cubans in South Florida, having any contact with Fidel Castro’s Cuba is blasphemy. To others, there’s a strong desire to connect with the people and artist of their former country, and talk with an actual artist. This exhibit is about the people, the artists of Cuba. I invite you to park politics at the door, come with an open mind, and see a new generation of Cuban artists’ art and symbolism. It’s fine art, and well worth a visit.
Naples Art Association/von Liebig Art Center, 585 Park St., Naples
Information: 262-6517 or www.naplesart.org
Admission: $5 adults; $2 ages 10-17; members free
|John Parke Wright, IV with Harmonica|