Inside/Outside: Contemporary Cuban Art
June 2 – 30, 2012
Opening Reception: June 2, 6 – 8 pm
Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present Inside/Outside: Contemporary Cuban Art, an exhibit featuring contemporary works by Cuban and Cuban-American artists. Inside/Outside features the work of Luisa Mesa, Victoria Montoro Zamorano, Rubén Alpizar, José Antonio Choy, and Rubén Rodriguez Martinez. Whether they live inside or outside of Cuba, these artists do not fit within a definable stylistic school in the art world. The work is rather defined by Cuban culture, politics, and social issues.
Since the Revolution in 1959, Cubans have been either involved in transformation or travel. Travel characterized the lives and influenced the art of those artists who left Cuba permanently, and personal transformation affected those who left and those who stayed to live and work in Cuba. That independence and diversity characterizes Cuban art to this day. Social aspects of Cuban life traditionally have been reflected in art more frequently than personal ones. Now with the restrictions in the political and economic situation easing, artists are often turning to the challenges of the human inner world. These cultural and internal themes are at the heart of the works included in Inside/Outside.
Whether through the nostalgia for a Cuba that one barely remembers, the exploration of the body and its pleasures, or the emotional content in a crumbling façade, the works in Inside/Outside take us on a journey with Cuban and Cuban-American contemporary artists.