El Gran Apagón - The Great Blackout
Oil on canvas
586 x 298 cm
Not For Sale
The Great Blackout, called by some "The Cuban Guernica", is perhaps one of the most important works of the 90s, a time of crisis and chaos on the island, when the shock waves of the fall of the socialist camp arrived in Europe to Cuba. El Apagón, -as its author says-, tries to capture the spiritual state of this time of ruptures, loss of support and direction. The scene represents an underground refuge for times of war, where characters from politics, history and daily life coexist; transcendental events such as the migratory crisis of those years are recreated in a kind of pictorial documentary. The Great Blackout is the recreation of a complex moment in the political-social panorama of a Cuba in the dark that has not yet recovered.
Exhibitions with this piece
Pedro Pablo Oliva
I have always tried to link my life with creativity. I believe in everyday life, that of conflict, that of contradictions; there is precisely the theme and the germ so as not to turn the work into a daily repetition. I have tried to be a chronicler of my time, something like a kind of pictorial press or sculpture newscast. Everything that happens forces me to use different shapes, themes, and images. But beyond political or social events, I have observed humanity and its psychological dimension, with its strengths and weaknesses. I enjoy moving between drawing, painting, and sculpture, always keeping an eye on the peculiarities of my country, but also on human struggles that are universal. I think you can find truth in everyday life. If my spiritual state is chaos or my context is chaos, then too, my work is chaos; if the situation is confused, my work is confused.