JOSÉ BEDIA

(August 25 – September 26, 2011)

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MEMORIES OF BACK THEN
Acrylic on canvas, 182 x 255 cm.
MEMORIES OF BACK THEN LONG-DISTANCE FRIENDSHIP RENEWAL OF VOWS ARMED HARE HEADED UPHILL WITH HIS THINGS PAYMENT TO THE HUACA

JOSÉ BEDIA, the Cuban visual artist who helped lead the boom in Cuban painting in the early ‘80s will present the solo painting exhibition MEMORIA INMEDIATA at the ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO Gallery, next August 25 at 7.30 p.m. The artist will be present at the exhibition. José Bedia was born in Havana, Cuba in 1959.He is considered by many to be one of the greatest living figures of Cuban art, on or off the island. He was a founder of the Generation of the Cuban ‘80s and a member of the radical Volumen I, which represented a drastic change in the cultural scene of post-revolutionary Cuba. He has exhibited his work in museums and centers of great international prestige, such as the MOMA in New York, the Georges Pompidou in Paris, the MARCO in Monterrey, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Carrillo Gil and the Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, among others. He studied at the Escuela de Arte San Alejandro and the Instituto Superior de Arte, both in Havana. He emigrated to Mexico in 1991 and the United States in 1993. He has held solo shows in Cuba, Mexico, the United States, Santo Domingo, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Panama, Spain, Italy, Argentina, Costa Rica, Ireland, France, Colombia, the Philippines, and Canada. Among other awards and grants, he has won the Grand Prize at the Salón de Paisaje, Havana, Cuba (1982); finalist for the Premio Fundación Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain (1982); Installation Prize, Second Havana Biennale, Cuba (1986); Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, NY, USA (1994); and the Oscar B. Cintas Foundation Fellowship, NY, USA (1997). In 2010, he received the Painting Prize at the Fourth Beijing Biennale in China. About his work, it has been said: José Bedia wanders or moves among the currents emerging from post-conceptualism, or neo-conceptualism. He is a cultural nomad. His work is characterized primarily by the line, with its direct and crude expressiveness, and the use of text, of written language. His painting sprouts and spills. There are two main thrusts that identify his work: on the one hand, the critical anthropological treatment of ancestral cultures, whether of African origin or those of the autochthonous peoples of Latin and North America, Australia, etc.; and on the other, the form in which he collects, treasures, returns, and offers up the customs, ways, visions, magic, and rituals in which he takes part in his travels, both in his paintings and his installations, with messages in languages both ancient and contemporary, in turn calling attention to topics that are completely current. It is the extraction and expression of the world of the primordial cultures, with important lessons to offer contemporary humankind. (Roberto Ascóniga, 2009). This major event has been possible by the invaluable support of TRAPICHE Argentina, SCHIAFFINO Gastronómica Catering and INTIMODA and Royal Park Hotel. The exhibition may be viewed through September 26, from Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. No entry fee.