On Thursday, June 4th from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m, Miami‐based contemporary artist Antonio Guerrero, will exhibit his newest pieces from the series I live on a Red Planet, at Wynwood Exhibition Center during Wynwood’s 2nd Saturdays Art Walk.
Born in Matanzas, Cuba in 1968 and based in Miami Beach, Florida, Guerrero’s personal journey shapes his art profoundly and informs his subjects matter. Guerrero grew up under Castro regime in Cuba, was drafted into the army and deployed to fight in the Ethiopian War and, after returning to Cuba in 1988, secretly designed and built a raft to leave the island. After being lost at sea for five days, the artist and two others were rescued and started a new life in Miami.
Experiences of Cuba, migration and exile are all central to Guerreros’s work. “Marxist ideology and cultural repression have been barriers not only in my life,” says the artist, “They have been barriers for every Cuban. Personally, i found in my art not only refuge but a too to manage and crack that absurdity”.
Guerrero’s paintings are not straightforward examinations of the Cuban experience though. His knowledge of art history, literature and philosophy also have a strong bearing on his art and his works are ripe with historical and literary references. He allows often opposing ideas and visuals as well as conceptual components to meet on the canvas, thereby creating multi-layered narratives. Realistic and fantastical elements meet, and the contemporary world full of technology encounters colonial times in works that draw inspirations simultaneously from surrealism, fauvism and neo-expressionism.Guerrero uses elements and influences as varied as ancient Egyptian art, imagery from the sumerian culture, tapestry from the middle Ages, avant-garde art, modern expressionism, as well as his own experiences to shape his unique personal voice.
Wynwood is a trendy arts hub. The Wynwood Arts District contains over 70 galleries, museums and collections. The center a 1000 square-foot gallery (WEC), features a rotating collection of drawings, paintings, photographs, installations and electronic media from local to international artists. Artists include Pulitzer Prize decorated photojournalist Charles Trainer Jr., ceramic assemblagist and Miami patron of the arts Carlos Alves, digital art pioneer Laurence Gartel, Andy Warhol & more!
Currently on View at:
2015 LuminArte Gallery, Under the name “Exodus” Dallas Texas, (USA)
2015 Instituto Cultural de Mexico, under the name, “Di-verse” Linen as unifying elements, curated by Rubber Stamp, Miami, Florida, (USA)
Selected Exhibitions: (*Solo Shows)
2015 Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum of Myrtle Beach
Under the name “Voices of an Island” The Reynier Llanes Art Collection” (USA)
2014 Florida Contemporary at The Baker Museum, Naples FL, (USA)
2013 The Georgian National Museum, The National Gallery, “Punctum contra Punctum II curated by Richard LTooke, Republic of Georgia (Tbilisi)
2015* The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, Fort Mayers, Florida, (USA)
2015 Miromar Art Fair,represent by Aldo Castillo Gallery,Naples Florida, (USA)
2015 Palm Spring Fine Art Fair represent by Jorge Mendez Gallery,California, (USA) 2014 Sprectrum Miami Art Fair/ArtSpot Aldo Castillo Gallery, Miami Fl,(USA)
2014 MDCC,Doral Campus,”Cosmic Connections” curate by Roberta, Miami Fl,(USA) 2014 Jorge Mendez . Read more.