The Art of Carlos Luna
Saturday, June 13, 2015 — Sunday, September 13, 2015
One of the foremost contemporary Cuban painters, Carlos Luna is part of a generation of Cuban artists who embrace their strong heritage and traditions but have reinvented themselves along the way. Luna tells stories and relates fables through his detailed and richly painted canvases and mixed-media works on paper. Citing Rufino Tamayo and Wifredo Lam as major influences on his work, Luna is culturally attuned to shifts in the social and political environments in Cuba and Mexico, as well as the humanity that makes these countries so vibrant (the artist lived and worked in Mexico for 13 years after leaving Cuba, before settling in Miami).
The exhibition focuses on discrete cycles of work, including the world premiere of a number of ceramic works produced at the famed Talavera Pottery in Puebla, Mexico as well as fine art tapestries featuring the artist's work, woven by Magnolia Editions. Several new artworks are featured, showcasing Luna's cross-pollination of influences from Cuba, Mexico and Miami. The exhibition has been organized by guest curator, Dr. Bárbaro Martínez-Ruiz.