SBS MIAMI AND U.S. CENTURY BANK PARTNER TO PROMOTE “CUBAN PAINTERS IN EXILE”
– New Series of Cuban Art Exhibitions to Debut at Local Branches of U.S. Century Bank throughout South Florida –
Miami, FL – (June 9, 2010) – Spanish Broadcasting System (“SBS”) (NASDAQ: SBSA) announced today that its Miami radio station group consisting of: WXDJ-El Zol 95.7 FM, WRMA-Romance 106.7 FM, WCMQ-Clásica 92.3 FM, and WRAZ-La Raza 106.3 FM, are partnering with U.S. Century Bank to promote the works of Cuban painters in exile through a series of exhibitions at the Bank’s 25 branches throughout South Florida.
The first exhibit titled “Exile on Main Street” and featuring the works of contemporary Cuban artist Antonio Guerrero (http://www.guerreroart.com), will open this Friday, June 11 at the South Beach branch located in 504 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. The exhibit will be on display at this location for the entire month of June before moving to U.S. Century Bank branches in downtown Miami and Brickell. “Our Miami radio station group has always supported Latin art and culture and this partnership with U.S. Century Bank is a great opportunity to promote the wonderful contributions Cuban artists have made to our culture in the United States. We are proud to be a part of this meaningful exhibition, and look forward to showcasing the great works of these Cuban artists,” said Jackie Nosti Cambó, Vice President and General Manager of Spanish Broadcasting System in Miami and Forensic Operations Manager for SBS.
“As a locally-owned and managed bank in South Florida, it is very important for U.S. Century Bank to support our community. We recognize the importance of the arts and it is our pleasure to help and promote local artists,” said Octavio Hernandez, president and CEO of U.S. Century Bank.
Born in 1968 in Matanzas, Cuba under the Castro regime, Antonio Guerrero grew up in a household where artistic expression was appreciated and encouraged even though materials were not always available. In 1986, Guerrero was drafted into the Cuban army and immediately transported to Africa to fight in the Ethiopian War. Finding inspiration in the people and scenes of Africa, he developed an interest in modern expressionism and began to experiment with modern forms of visual art. The popularity of his work led to exhibits of his paintings at the military base.
Guerrero returned to Cuba in 1988 where he resumed his job as an artisan specializing in painting, engraving, woodcarving, sculpting and metal work. Feeling increasingly oppressed by Cuba’s government and unhappy with the worsening living conditions, Guerrero, along with his cousin and friend, climbed into a raft they had secretly designed and built. Floating off from the coast of Matanzas, they were at sea for five days before being rescued and brought to the United States. While living in the U.S., Guerrero encountered many challenges that have since inspired his artistic expression.
Guerrero creates art in phases based on the episodes and emotional stages of his life, and the assortment of media he uses reﬂects his expressionistic style. He paints with acrylics and oils, explores line design with pencils, and uses mixed media to create montages. In January 1995, Guerrero’s portrait painting of his escape from Cuba titled “Balseros del 92” (“The Rafters of 92”) was exhibited at Vanidades Gallery in Miami, FL. This painting was part of a collection donated to the Jose Marti Foundation to raise money for the Florida International University student scholarships. On May 17, 1996, Guerrero’s work was exhibited by U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Washington D.C. as a part of the “Cubans in exile” exhibit.