Friday, May 2, 2014

Antonio Guerrero

Mixed media on canvas
20 x40 in.
location unknown
-Fair use-

 "Painting is my language, my voice, my vision. My work is my eternal quest for freedom , peace and harmony and a defining voice against human oppression".  (Antonio Guerrero)

Antonio Guerrero (1968-), born in Matanzas Cuba, under the Castro regime, is a contemporary Cuban American Artist. He grew up in a household where artistic expression was appreciated and encouraged; although materials were not always available, his dreams and ideas were always abundant.

In 1986 he was drafted into the army and was immediately transported to Africa to fight in the Ethiopian War. Being inspired by the people and scenes of Africa, he developed an interest in modern expressionism and began to experiment with modern forms of visual art. The popularity of his work led to exhibits of his paintings at the military base. In 1988, he returned to Cuba and he resumed his job as an artist, specializing in painting, wood carving, sculpting and metal work.

Feeling increasingly oppressed by Cuba's government, and unhappy with the worsening living conditions, he, along with two other men, climbed into a raft they had secretly built. Floating off from the coast of Matanzas, they were at sea for five days before being rescued and brought to the U.S. In 1996, his work was exhibited by U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Washington D.C. as a part of the “Cubans in exile”exhibit.

In 2012 he  was one of four Cuban artists in the world chosen by Bacardi  to express the feeling of liberation and the openness of the Cuban spirit during the time of Bacardi’s legendary parties to celebrate  its 150th anniversary. He is a founder of The Cuban Art Project. He lives in Miami Beach, Florida.

He sees the world as a cosmic stage for human activity. "I'm in the system like a computer programmer writing codes with my sketchbook and brushes, playing the critic, here to create and program the unconscious. Apart from all the trouble we cause ourselves, I believe we are immersed in a powerful and beautiful mystery. The fact of our existence is a great riddle to me."