LOS AMIGOS EN EL CAMINO ALEJANDRO CAMPINS 1 LOS AMIGOS EN EL CAMINO The Project Los Amigos en el Camino (The Friends on the Way) emerged as a collaborative exhibition celebrating both the richness of Cuban culture, and the spiritual unity of the Cuban artists participating in the exhibition, whose work is inspired by their direct experiences with the moment, or what some would call the direct experience of the present, the here and now. Each work represents an interpretation of the artist’s connection with limitlessness; a sense that time exists in the here and now; the sense that we are never more alive than in the second we realize there are no boundaries to existence. The artists’ common bond, reflected in the artwork in the exhibition, is their combined confidence in the unified nature of the work, that each piece is connected to the other, not only through the creative process of the artists’ individual mind, but also through creating a space of openness to the creativity of all of the artists in the exhibition. This concept, seemingly esoteric, is the common bond. Whether conveyed through the organic forms of Alain Aspiolea in his masterful large scale oil paintings, through the riveting black and white photographs of Nelson Jalil, which entice us with their images of a forbidden and still unknown Cuba, or through the compelling and serene work of Laura Carralero, each portrays the direct experience of the present, as well as the realization that despite individual qualities, we are all connected. LOS AMIGOS EN EL CAMINO LOS AMIGOS EN EL CAMINO Artist Statement Alejandro Campins is a Young artist, graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA). His work belongs to a new movement of painting that has developed within the emerging Cuban art. Campins, like other colleagues of his generation, is charmed by German’s Neoexpressionism and in particular Martin Kippenberger. He likes to use large formats and color planes, with a careless, almost scattered touch of bad painting. His complex color palette distorts the quality of a discourse that could otherwise be considered light, maybe because of its origin: patterns from magazines, newspapers, various catalogues, etc. Campins’ Pop mannerism seeks a difference in a visual poetry that revives an interior monologue that enjoys irony, skepticism and controlled melancholy. The flirtations with a national reality –in terms of text and phrases commonly used in political and ideological rhetoric or within the domain of popular rumor- expresses an art that wishes to transcend the delight in a pictorial tradition in order to hold a critical connection to its context. He has exhibited in México, Ecuador, Portugal, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, USA and Cuba (National Museum of Fine Arts, Habana Gallery among others). ALEJANDRO CAMPINS 1981 LOS AMIGOS EN EL CAMINO ALEJANDRO CAMPINS LOS AMIGOS EN EL CAMINO DRAWINGS Mixed / Heavypaper LOS AMIGOS EN EL CAMINO Què piensa esa rubia de la vida. 2009 Mixed / Heavypaper 59”X 51” 1500 USD LOS AMIGOS EN EL CAMINO Untitled. 2008 Mixed / Heavypaper 39”X 28” 800 USD LOS AMIGOS EN EL CAMINO Alejandro Campins Fleita 1981, Manzanillo City, Cuba. www.alejandrocampins.com Studies 2000 – Graduated from El Alba Fine Arts Academy in Holguín City, Cuba. 2009 – Graduated from University of Arts (ISA) Havana, Cuba. 2013 CV Solo Shows Nómada (Nomad) at Liceo Carmelita, C. del Carmen, Mexico. Herencia (Heritage) Knoerle & Beattig Contemporary fine art, Winterthur, Switzerland. Reliquia (Relic) at Raymaluz Art gallery, Madrid, Spain. Li-4 in ZonaMACO, DF, Mexico. 2012 Patria (Homeland) at Factoría Habana Gallery, Havana, Cuba. 2011 La bondad del desconocido (The Kindness of the unknown) Servando Gallery, Havana, Cuba. 2009 En la cola del cometa (In the comet’s tail) Luz y Suarez del Villar Gallery. Madrid, Spain. Cuando el sol es enorme (When the sun is enormous) Servando Gallery, Havana Cuba. 2008 Project Inventario (Inventory) at Ludwig Foundation of Cuba. Corta Distancia (Short distance) Casa de la Cultura of Plaza Gallery, Havana, Cuba. LOS AMIGOS EN EL CAMINO 2014 Group Shows Agua Salada (Salty Water) Hispanic – American Cultural Center, Havana, Cuba. Avalancha (Avalanche) Villamanuela Gallery, Havana. Cuba. 2013 Para quebrar los muros (To break the walls) at National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba. Memento Mori/Joie de Vivre Servando Gallery, Havana, Cuba. The New Painters at Saltfineart Gallery. Laguna beach, USA. Cuba Contemporaine. Art de la grande ile des Caraibes at Centre Culturel du Manoir de Cologny, Geneva, Switzerland. 2012 Gulliver Freies Museum, Berlin. Germany. Premio Maretti Wifredo Lam Center, Havana, Cuba. Heavy and Happy Painters at Morro – Cabaña Fortress during Havana11th Biennale, Havana. Cuba. HB (Habana Gallery Pavilion) at Pabexpo during Havana11th Biennale, Havana. Cuba. CUBA Saltfineart Gallery. L.A, USA. 2011 Art Position 11 Halle Nautic Technic, Salavaux. Suiza. Junge Szene Kuba Cultural Center “Pasinger Fabrik”, Munich, Germany. Torbellino (Whirl) Habana Gallery, Havana, Cuba. 2010 12 Cairo Biennale, El Cairo, Egypt. Artbo Artfair, Bogotá, Colombia. Portugal 1st Biennale, Portugal. Text to Speech: El otro Lenguaje ContemporaneaCuba 2010 Bonelli LAB, Canneto Sull’Oglio, Mantova, Italy. En la tierra no hay nada gratis (There’s nothing for free on earth) at Luz y Oficio Gallery, Havana, Cuba. CV LOS AMIGOS EN EL CAMINO Trazos” (Sketches) Servando Gallery, Havana, Cuba. Bomba (Bomb) Wifredo Lam Center, Havana, Cuba. 2009 Clonfluencias, Inside II. Natural Hispanic Cultural Center. Art Museum Albuquerque, USA. Arteamericas, Miami, FL, USA. Artmadrid Madrid. Spain. 2008 V Salon de Arte Contemporáneo Cubano (V Cuban Contemporary Arts Show) at Center for Visual Arts Havana, Cuba. BLA,BLA,BLA at Servando Gallery, Havana, Cuba. Jai Lou Lait DPM Gallery, Guayaquil, Ecuador. Crónicas del Entusiasmo (Chronicles of the enthusiasm) Luz y Suarez del Villar Gallery, Madrid., Spain. Plastilina (Plasticine) Hispanic – American Cultural Center, Havana, Cuba. Far Far Away Co-Lab, Copenhagen, Denmark. 2007 Vostok Repairing workshop Vostok 1 and Luz y Oficio Gallery, Havana, Cuba. La Cosecha (The harvest) at Center for Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba. Situación Construida (Built Situation), Cabeza de Vena exhibition (Vein Head), University of Arts (ISA) Havana, Cuba. CV 2013 Residencies and Awards Festival de Artes Visuales de Campeche (Visual Arts Festival of Campeche) (FAVCA), Mexico. 2010 Pintura pensada (Intended paint) ARTE+ Prize by Cubeart Association. Havana, Cuba. LOS AMIGOS EN EL CAMINO CV Publications Alejandro Campins 2009 – 2013, Ceiba Publications, 2013. ContemporaneaCuba – Flyers. Skira Editore. Italy. 2012. pp 18 – 21. Contra la toxina. Piter Ortega. 2011. Editorial: Instituto Cubano de Investigación Cultural Juan Marinello. Text: “Cuando la guayabera dejó de ser importante (o el imperio de los pingüinos necios)” in Cuba contemporary art. Editorial Turner, 2011. pp. 354 – 357. Cat. 12 Cairo Biennale. 2010. Arab Republic of Egypt Ministry of Culture, Fine Arts Sector. pp. 306 -309. Modern Painter (magazine) , NY. USA, Summer 2010. “Strange Sort of Poetry” Cooke, Julia. pp. 56-58. Cat. Confluencias Inside. Segunda Edición. New Mexico Culture Ministery, USA, 2009. pp. 15-17. Cat. En la cola del cometa. Luz y Suarez del Villar Gallery, Madrid, oct - nov. 2009 (Piter Ortega and Frency). Cat. Cuando el sol es enorme. Servando Gallery, Havana City, jun - jul. 2008 (Flavio Garciandia and Lupe Álvarez). Cat. Bla, Bla, Bla. Servando Gallery, Havana City, august – sep. 2008 (Piter Ortega, Rufo Caballero, Héctor Antón).
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