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Exhibition opening: Carlos Quintana – Contemplation

Carlos Quintana is one of the most internationally renowned Cuban contemporary artists. His work is inspired by many cultural influences, both of his home country and from his living and traveling abroad. “Contemplation” opens on March 22, 2018 at Arte Morphosis gallery in Zurich.

Contemplation as a synthesis of Santería and Buddhism: The figures and portraits of Quintana have in common a self-contained attitude: the distance, emotionless facial expressions and the barely comprehensible gaze, which characterize the figures of Carlos Quintana, testify to a kind of introversion or rather to contemplation. They are focused on something that seems to be outside of the visible or internal. The figures are often depicted against a contrasting colored background and without a concrete environment: whatever is not relevant for the “contemplation” (the title of the exhibition) is consequently left out by the artist. Much of these artworks remain implicitly “unfinished” and thus develop a peculiar force, as it stimulates thought and imagination – thus animating the audience to continue the process of contemplation initiated by the artist into and for himself.