Cernuda Arte New Exhibition Ten Erotic Works By Servando Cabrera Moreno Inaugural Reception 8/5/11

Cernuda Arte New Exhibition Ten Erotic Works By Servando Cabrera Moreno Inaugural Reception
Friday, August 5, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Cernuda Arte
3155 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL

August 5, 2011 – September 19, 2011

Servando Cabrera Moreno (1923-1981 Havana, Cuba) ranks among the most important names of Cuban painting of all times. Ten Erotic Works by Servando Cabrera Moreno is the selected title for this solo exhibition which pays tribute to this excellent artist and attests his painterly bravura. The installation features fine examples of the Servando’s seminal oeuvre – his erotic and homoerotic works, rendered with outstanding force and courage during the late 1960s and 1970s. It also provides a stimulating context for exploring the relationship of this subject matter and the difficult realities of the artist’s personal life.

A person of keen intellect and sensibility, Servando was an outstanding draftsman and painter with a brilliant sense of color and composition – an accomplished artist in every sense of the word. He was passionate about art and developed throughout his career a highly personal style.

The works featured in the show depict erotic images of male and female nudes. Recurrently, the painter often portrays the figures without a face or a head. Anonymity not only prevails but is underscored as the artist places all emphasis on the body parts: human torsos, arms, limbs, thighs, sexual organs, – at times, distorted or augmented, at times, interlaced, fused or diffused. The compositions here presented – executed with splendid transparencies and a palette of harmonic hues – are both lyrical and highly carnal.

Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to see the originality, force and mastery of works that reveal Servando as a virtuoso painter, including the powerful images of canvases such as: The Triumph (El Triunfo), 1971; What Was Here Invented (Lo Que Se Inventó Aquí), 1974; Armistice (Armisticio), 1970 and Pilate (Pilato), 1978.

Today, the artist is recognized as a one of Cuba’s great masters. A collection of his work and memorabilia is housed in the recently built Museo-Biblioteca Servando Cabrera Moreno in Havana.

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