A sample brings together in Havana the 4 essentials of current Cuban art

HAVANA, Jan 6 (EFE) A sample gathers from this Friday in Havana the works of four of the fundamental exponents of Cuban contemporary art, most recently created works of the listed Alfredo Sosabravo (1930), Manuel Mendive (1944), Pedro Pablo Oliva ( 1949) and Roberto Fabelo (1951).

The exhibition, installed in the José Martí Memorial of the iconic Plaza de la Revolución, consists of 16 sculptures and 12 canvases belonging to the private collection of the Spanish businessman living in Cuba Luciano Méndez.

Méndez’s goal was to “unite in the same space the work of four great artists born between 1930 and 1950, the four enormous in two disciplines: painting and three-dimensional,” said the collector during the opening of the exhibition.

Although the initial selection was 40 works, finally the particularities of the exhibition space have been reduced to 28, including 3 fabrics and 4 sculptures for each artist, all of them awarded with the National Prize of Plastic Arts of Cuba.

“It also had the objective that the works of four artists with an immense trade would have a coherence and harmony among themselves,” said Méndez, whose collection started a decade ago brings together more than 500 works by 60 artists.

Thus, the explosions of color of the canvases of Sosabravo have been combined with the ocher tones of the paintings of Mendive, one of the great exponents of Afro-Cuban inspired art on the island.

And at the opposite end of the room, the tragicomic faces characteristic of Oliva’s work coexist with the dreamy and disturbing paintings and sculptures of Fabelo, the most sought-after Cuban artist living today.

In addition, in a nod to the very Cuban concept of “solve”, which among other things means to cope with what is available, the sculptures are not shown on bases as usual, but on surfaces such as stools and bedside tables.

“Between canvases and sculptures”, which can be seen until next January 23, is the fourth exhibition in which Luciano Méndez takes his collection to the street to bring the plastic arts to the public, always in this same scenario.