Emilio Sanchez (1921–1999) was a Cuban-American artist known for his architectural paintings and graphic lithographs. His work is found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York NY), Museum of Modern Art (New York NY), National Gallery of Art (Washington DC), Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington DC), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana (Havana, Cuba), Bogotá Museum of Modern Art (Bogotá, Colombia), La Tertulia Museum (Cali, Colombia), and the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra, Australia).
A representational artist with a modernist and at times abstract approach, Sanchez emphasized "pattern, color and strong lighting contrasts".By 1970 architectural themes, from detailed stained glass windows to abstracted storefronts or city skylines, dominated his oeuvre. Carol Damian of the Frost Art Museum (Miami, FL) described his work as studies in "horizontals and verticals, bold stripes of color, and the ever-present shadows, especially diagonal shadows that he so favored, with darks and lights in repetition." For her, Sanchez's work was "not a picture of something, but the application of pigment onto a flat surface to become a singular object to its own definition."
Julio Figueroa Beltran attended San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy in Havana from 1999 to 2003, and then went on to study at the Superior Institute of Art (ISA) from 2004 to 2007.
His work embraces many genres and mediums, with a focus on painting but also including installations employing car parts and found objects. Through his research of different conceptual and stylistic influences, Figueroa draws from a broad range of subjects, exploring the general theme of man’s relationship with his environment.
He characterizes the nature of painting as being a never ending web of representation. Figueroa embraces and constructs a pictorial universe with a daring use of unexpected juxtaposition of objects, colors and textures, conveying a minimalist composition with the subtle use of suggestion and metaphor.
Currently lives and works in Miami, Florida.
Carlos Quintana is a contemporary Cuban artist known for his expressive paintings which meld collective memory, fantasy, and personal symbolism. Often featuring bald figures, Quintana’s work shifts between grotesqueness and beauty while exploring the formal properties of paint. Born in Havana, Cuba in 1966, he went on to study painting at both the Academy of San Alejandro and the Institute of Design in his hometown. Exhibiting in Cuba since the early 1990s, the artist has gone on to show in Mexico, Spain, and the United States. He currently lives and works in Madrid, Spain. Quintana’s works are held in the collections of the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, the National Museum of Fine Art in Havana, and the Gary Nader Collection in Miami, among others.
Javier Caraballo is an Artist from the Atlantic University in Colombia. His investigations are directed towards the study of painting and drawing as a children's graphic language and of the great works that have shaped the history of painting. "Art is a child thing" is the expression that has accompanied the production of the artist from Barranquilla Javier Caraballo, who with his paintings proposes a plastic language that starts from the stages of children's artistic development. In this sense, in his works you can see expressions typical of the scribble stage, schematic and realistic. Doing so, allusion to the first spontaneous children's graphic strokes, which the artist calls as a “naive stain”. However, Caraballo's proposal does not settle here, it is complemented by the indeterminate use of the works of modern art, which, with the presence of children in its production, provides a meaning different from that of the idiosyncrasy of the masterpiece to which the artist forwards.
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