New Faces of Cuban Art : Art Santa Fe
“There is something inherently special about Santa Fe. It looks different, it feels different, it just is different than most other places”, says Stacy Conde, Director of Conde Contemporary, a Miami based gallery specializing in contemporary Cuban art. “We are delighted to participate in Art Santa Fe, and expose our Cuban artists to this truly magical city, as well as to introduce Santa Fe to these stereotype breaking artists from the island, who possess a magic of their own.”
Art Santa Fe takes place July 9-12 at the Santa Fe Convention Center, 201 West Marcy Street, in Santa Fe. Conde Contemporary will feature an installation, “Los Pioneros” (The Pioneers) by Aurora Molina, in a stand-alone booth. The piece is a kinetic sculpture which both salutes and speaks when prompted. Dressed in the uniform of Cuban schoolchildren, known as “pioneers”, but with faces of the elderly, “Los Pioneros” speaks to the conditioning of a generation, and the general state of affairs in Cuba.
Conde Contemporary will exhibit works by Andres Conde, Darian Rodriguez Mederos, Raiman Rodriguez Moya, Enrique Toledo and Luis Enrique Toledo del Rio, in a "Grand Salon" across from “Los Pioneros”.
“The common thread in this group of artists is their figurative nature. Their styles are expressionist, surrealist, realist, and even graphic; it’s their affinity for the representational that binds them together,” commented Conde.
“We’ll be involved in three areas at Art Santa Fe this year, apart from the two booths previously mentioned, we’ve also partnered with the producers of the documentary film “Alumbrones” and Charlotte Jackson of Art Santa Fe to have the film shown at the fair”, remarked Ms. Conde. The documentary “Alumbrones”, shot in Cuba, features twelve Cuban artists living and working on the island. Conde Contemporary will exhibit works by several of the artists highlighted in the film.
“This is one of the few art fairs we’ll be participating in this year where we hope to have all of our exhibiting artists in attendance. Art Santa Fe promises to be very special this year, in more ways than one.”