I was born in Holguin, Cuba, in 1987. I attended one of the best fine arts schools, Raul Gomez Garcia, for three years. Then I attended a visual arts school, Jose Marti, for two years. I subsequently studied privately. I now live in Louisville, Kentucky, where I have exhibited often.
Due to my formal training by master painter and Cuban artist Cosme Proenza, I have a comprehensive knowledge of visual arts, dance, music, wardrobe, as well as performance arts. All of these disciplines have helped define me as an artist, contributing largely to my vision.
As an artist, my concept is fundamentally the representation of enigmatic characters that create conflicts and complex situations in human beings’ lives. I am not only recreating interpersonal relations. I am also representing social and historical issues which affect humans’ reactions because of their social, economic, geographic, and political environments.
In my work, the background-figure relationship is crucial. Inspired by the rules of the Renaissance portrait and traditional Asian painting, I focus on complex character relationships where the simple background acts as an echo of their inner universe.
My interests are broad. They revolve around stereotypical human behavior that arouses in me an almost morbid curiosity. My figures, which seem to escape the laws of reason and of physics, are human alter egos. Usually friendly egos, however, some are ultimately monsters in the end. I try to demystify the reality around me through my work.
Because of my support of the art community in Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer gave me the key to the city. In the last 5 years, I have exhibited my art often in several states such as New York, Florida, Connecticut, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee. I also have exhibited internationally in Cuba, Luxembourg, Italy, and Spain. I was honored to have two solo exhibitions at 21c Museum and I was the Artist in Residence at the Muhammad Ali Center for a year. My work was shown at three art fairs, Art Palm Beach, Art Hamptons, and Scope Miami. I have won the Norman Kohlepp Merit Award at Louisville Visual Art Association in Louisville, KY, the Best Short Film award in the Seventh National Festival of Audiovisual in Holguin, Cuba, the award at the Exhibition of Illustrated Poetry in 2006 in Cuba, and the award for the Best Performance in the XXI Provincial Visual Art Exhibition in 2007, Holguin, Cuba. My work was exhibited at the Colonial Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba, when I was 19 years old. Several publications have mentioned my work: Latin Art magazine, the Courier Journal, Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, the New York Times, Arte al Dia, and Nashville Art Magazine.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Master of Fine Arts, 2016