The New Cuban Art Show at Nuance Galleries

Nuance Art Galleries is proud to feature new original paintings from three of the most relevant artist working in Cuba today. Their powerful work is part of a new show at Nuance and a new book available at the gallery on the artists of Baracoa City, the first capital of Cuba. “The Painters’ Magic” ( La Magia de sus Pintores )

Cuban artists Guillermo Orlando Piedra Labanino, Jeho Rodriguez Saname, and Mildo Matos Carcases who all have a large collectors base in  Europe and the Dominican Republic are now represented in the U.S. by Nuance Galleries of Tampa Florida.

Jeho was recently in the U.S. as the special honored guest for the Tampa Hispanic Bar Associations for a Spanish scholarship fundraiser.  He attended two opening nights of Nuance Galleries “New Cuban Art Show” last month featuring his newest paintings along with many other artist in the book including, Roel Caboverde Llacer and Mildo Matos Carcases. The “New Cuban Art Show” is continuing at Nuance Galleries through the end of August.

Nuance represents over 15 Cuban Artist and has almost 300 of their paintings in stock. Please come by and see the show.

Hours: Mon – Friday 10am to 5pm Saturday 10am to 4pm or call to set up an appointment for a private viewing.

Jeho, (Jehovanny Rodriguez Saname)

Jeho. El Eqiulibrista. Oil. 27.5x31
Jeho. El Eqiulibrista. oil. 27.5×31

Jeho graduated in education in the specialty of Plastic Arts, and studied at the University of Pedagogical Sciences Frank Pais of Santiago de Cuba, 1990 – 1995. Currently, he lives and works in Baracoa, Cuba.  He has participated in two exhibits in Sarasota, Florida; and a group exhibition in Cincinnati, Ohio. Internationally, he has participated in events and won several top awards.  He is also a photographer and has had his photographs in solo exhibitions and they have been used as illustrations in several books. His posters have been used in international events sponsored by the U.N. He takes great pride in his dedication teaching and preparing children to be future artists. Besides being represented at Nuance Galleries, he has galleries in Europe who have been showing his works. He is included in the book- Baracoa de Cuba- La Magia de sus Pintores


Piedra, (Guillermo Orlando Piedra Labanino)

Piedra began his art studies under Oscar Nelson, who shaped Piedra’s artistic potential, opening the way for his entry into the Academy of Fine Arts in Santiago de Cuba in 1967. But Piedra’s decisive formation took place at the National School for Art Education in Havana where he studied under excellent teachers, visited art museums, and was exposed to many stimuli that inspired his creative process. During the 1980’s, his energy took many forms. He was a cyclist, a tenor in the Worker’s Chorus, an illustrator for the literary magazine Maguana, an actor with the theatrical company Yonque, and an art teacher, distinguishing himself as an outstanding –watercolorist. Not until the 1990’s did Piedra decide to devote all of his talent to the visual arts. As co-founder and active member of the Tibaracon Group, he brought his deeply ingrained cultural identity and his personal history together in a singular series entitled “Baracoada”. His art gallery/studio La Musa has become a center for intense study by many students who approach the artist for  guidance and direction in their painting. Piedra’s versatile technique intertwines with local customs and the reality of social condition to surprise and seduce the viewer with his creative spins. (see more from this artist here)

Mildo Matos Carcases Bio

Member of the Association of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC)

From early childhood Mildo demonstrated a strong interest in a social group that had been gently influenced by the cultural legacy of the Taino people. His academic formation as an artist began in 1984 when he enrolled in a course for art teachers in Guantanamo. He graduated with a degree in art education in 1993. In 1987 he co-founded and became the director of the Tibaracon Group. In this same year, he began a series of paintings in which he incorporated, metaphorically, mathematical games. In 1992, he completed a series using a surrealist expressionist style. By the end of 1994, Mildo entered his contemporary period with initial studies in symbolism. His principal points of reference became the origins of the Cuban and Caribbean Taino peoples with which he creates anthropomorphic and zoomorphic beings, geometric and schematic in form, derived from aboriginal mythology.

Reflections by Mildo –  Painting is like an addiction. I couldn’t live without painting. Many times my dreams have influenced changes I have made in the form and content of my painting. I also draw inspiration from my studies and my own experimentation. I have passed through different phases in my artistic development and each one is a reference for my personal inclinations. I gather information from literature and from the great masters of universal and national art like Picasso, Wifredo Lam, Rene Portocarrero, Carlos Enriquez, Amelia Pelaez and the Mexican muralist painters Siqueiros and Orozco. When I paint I don’t think about the commercial aspect of my art, but I consider it a spiritual necessity to express elements of our culture, especially the aboriginal culture. Painting is my way of externalizing my emotions. Even if I were blind, my soul would continue  to paint my vision.

His paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries at home and abroad, including :

Personal exhibit, Enigma de la Pachamama, Centro Para el Desarrollo Social “Guzman Blanco”,Caracas, Venezuela, November 2008
Exhibition, Primer Salon de Arte Erotico, “Aguas territoriales” Art Gallery,Casa de Cultura, Baracoa, Cuba, 2007.
Exhibition, Arte Correo y Medio Ambiente, Salon Internacional de Pequeno Formato, Ramon Ruberia Center, Nueva Paz, Havana, Cuba, October 2006.
Award, Salon Municipal de Instructores de Arte, “Aguas Territoriales” Art Gallery, Casa de Cultura, Baracoa, Cuba, June 2005.
Personal exhibit, Motivos aborigenes, Museo Matachin, Baracoa, Cuba, Nay 2005.