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ArteMorfosis - Cuban Art Platform

ArteMorfosis - Cuban Art Platform Exhibitions in focus

Carlos Quintana

Virtual Exhibition

Carlos Quintana: 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 internally. 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. About the Artist: Carlos Quintana was born in 1966 in Havana. As a young painter and autodidact, he came into contact with contemporary Cuban artists and from then on took part in exhibitions. In 1993 he emigrated to Spain and stayed abroad for more than 10 years. He traveled widely and exhibited in Venezuela, Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States, among others. During his travels and exhibitions, he consolidated his work, which became increasingly independent and finally earned him international recognition. Since 2006 he lives in Cuba again, but he travels all over the world. Meanwhile, he has become one of the internationally most recognized Cuban contemporary artists.

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Decomposition

Gerardo Liranza

Gerardo Liranza Durán (San Antonio de los Baños, 1987) is still a landscaper, although at first glance some of his most recent productions look like abstract creations. The absolute and definitive abstract does not exist in art and Gerardo does not even claim it. These geometric patterns - a fusion of straight lines that form angles - actually evoke industrial structures, factory ruins and workshops that are now a silent testimony to a more or less recent past. The viewer must approach to discover what these frames are "built" with. But there are other works and series by Liranza that can give clues of the coherent transit from a determined realism (which did not exclude color) to the “fabrics” that now occupy it, outlined with a much smaller palette: variations of gray. The motivation is the same: to recreate the passage of time on the human task. There is no eternal work: what one day was built, sooner or later, will have its decline. Gerardo Liranza does not assume explicit claims. There is a lyrical resignation in his paintings. The intention of finding beauty and harmony in decay is evident. Perhaps that is why he has not been satisfied with the tracing of a reality. These are, often, imagined frames, "built" from dissimilar referents ... or simply, pure invention. They could be a metaphor for the loss. Or the swings of memory. Gerardo Liranza Durán is a graduate of the School of Art Instructors (2006) and the Academy of San Alejandro (2012). He has participated in several personal and collective exhibitions, in Cuba and Panama.

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ArteMorfosis - Cuban Art Platform

ArteMorfosis is a gallery for Cuban art in Zurich. Its aim is to make the work of contemporary Cuban artists accessible to an interested audience. ArteMorfosis initially focuses on well-established Cuban artists, with proven international track records, but who remain yet to be discovered in the German-speaking part of Europe. The gallery is a piece of Cuba in Zurich; it irradiates Cuban warmth and transmits Cuba’s carefree nature, the joy of living and wealth of improvisation to the visitor. Strong coffee, a drink of rum, music, and at times too many paintings hanging on the walls create an atmosphere like the one you also find in Cuban private galleries. While it celebrates distinctive Cuban characteristics, the Gallery finds ever-new paths of its own: ArteMorfosis is self-confidently different and is aimed at like-minded visitors. The name “ArteMorfosis“ and the spring-like’ in its logo symbolize the gallery owners' understanding of the creative process. In metamorphosis a butterfly – from larva to cocoon to butterfly, to laying eggs and again to larva – steps through an eternal biological development cycle. A comparable cycle exists in art: an artist, inspired by his culture, his environment, experiences and intuitions, creates a work of art with paints and a canvas, presents it to the public, sells it and uses the proceeds for his next work. The gallery is dedicated to the part of the cycle in which art is presented and sold. Participating in a cultural development cycle that still has no name, the gallery owners without further ado named this cycle and named their gallery, “ArteMorfosis“. The gallery considers itself as an ambassador of Cuban art in Switzerland and a meeting place between art creators and collectors. Its first priority is to promote the lively, creative work of Cuban artists, since Cuba is (still) today a little-known art market. The country’s transformation and opening provide vast opportunities for the discovery of – in Switzerland hitherto unknown – art treasures.

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ArteMorfosis - Cuban Art Platform

ArteMorfosis is a gallery for Cuban art in Zurich. Its aim is to make the work of contemporary Cuban artists accessible to an interested audience. ArteMorfosis initially focuses on well-established Cuban artists, with proven international track records, but who remain yet to be discovered in the German-speaking part of Europe. The gallery is a piece of Cuba in Zurich; it irradiates Cuban warmth and transmits Cuba’s carefree nature, the joy of living and wealth of improvisation to the visitor. Strong coffee, a drink of rum, music, and at times too many paintings hanging on the walls create an atmosphere like the one you also find in Cuban private galleries. While it celebrates distinctive Cuban characteristics, the Gallery finds ever-new paths of its own: ArteMorfosis is self-confidently different and is aimed at like-minded visitors. The name “ArteMorfosis“ and the spring-like’ in its logo symbolize the gallery owners' understanding of the creative process. In metamorphosis a butterfly – from larva to cocoon to butterfly, to laying eggs and again to larva – steps through an eternal biological development cycle. A comparable cycle exists in art: an artist, inspired by his culture, his environment, experiences and intuitions, creates a work of art with paints and a canvas, presents it to the public, sells it and uses the proceeds for his next work. The gallery is dedicated to the part of the cycle in which art is presented and sold. Participating in a cultural development cycle that still has no name, the gallery owners without further ado named this cycle and named their gallery, “ArteMorfosis“. The gallery considers itself as an ambassador of Cuban art in Switzerland and a meeting place between art creators and collectors. Its first priority is to promote the lively, creative work of Cuban artists, since Cuba is (still) today a little-known art market. The country’s transformation and opening provide vast opportunities for the discovery of – in Switzerland hitherto unknown – art treasures.

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