Monday, March 29, 2010


We had a chance to attend Arteamericas at the Miami Beach Convention Center and loved a lot of the exhibited work. Over 40 galleries participated, representing more than 300 emerging artists and renowned masters.

I loved several pieces. One from Cernuda Arte that really stood out for me was by self-taught artist, Oscar Fernadez Morera. View of 'Iglesia Mayor' in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, 1920. The light, shadow, and shade, thick brushstrokes and romantized feel of this painting are incredible and a photograph does not do it justice. It’s breathtaking in person!

FACES: 100 Cuban Artists is a Miami-Dade College project that documents 100 portraits of the Cuban artist community that was formed in South Florida in the early 1960’s. The photographs themselves are individual works of art that convey the uniqueness of each of the artists. It’s very revealing!

Beaux Arts represents Humberto Calzada, an American artist of Cuban origin. He is so well known and his art so recognizable and unique however I had never seen his work in person and it too was very impressive. One piece in particular resonated with us, since it depicts an old dilapidated building in Havana. Half of it, in near ruins and the other half refurbished and almost back to its former glory. From an architectural point of view, he asks, what are the possibilities? My husband, the wiz structural repair dude, would have a field day in Cuba if or when these buildings became available for rehab. He, like many, can relate to this painting on a very personal level!

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