Felipe Jesus Consalvos, ‘Havana Dwellers’, ca. 1920–1950, Fleisher/Ollman

About Felipe Jesus Consalvos

A self-appointed “artist, healer, and man,” Felipe Jesus Consalvos worked for much of his life as a cigar roller, and he extrapolated the vernacular tradition of cigar band collage to a sophisticated practice. The Havana-born artist immigrated to Miami around 1920, eventually settling in New York and then Philadelphia. His obsessive body of work—over 750 surviving collages on paper, found photographs, musical instruments, furniture, and other unexpected surfaces—was discovered in 1980 at a West Philadelphia garage sale. Consalvos' practice parallels and in some cases prefigures certain contemporaneous developments in Surrealist, Dada, and Futurist and Pop collage, and even poetry. His collages share the biting socio-political satire and absurdist impulse of Dadaists like Kurt Schwitters and Max Ernst, along with abstruse mysticism.

— Submitted by Fleisher/Ollman

Cuban-American, 1891-1960, Havana, Cuba

Exhibition Highlights

2012
El Museo Del Barrio, 
New York, NY, United States,
Caribbean: Crossroads of the World
2012
Philadelphia, PA, United States,
Felipe Jesus Consalvos: Exploded Whims
2007
Philadelphia, PA, United States,
Felipe Jesus Consalvos: More Colossal Greatness

Solo Shows

2012
Philadelphia, PA, United States,
Felipe Jesus Consalvos: Exploded Whims
2007
Philadelphia, PA, United States,
Felipe Jesus Consalvos: More Colossal Greatness

Group Shows

2012
Philadelphia, PA, United States,
60/60
2012
El Museo Del Barrio, 
New York, NY, United States,
Caribbean: Crossroads of the World
2011
Philadelphia, PA, United States,
Off Camera
2010
Philadelphia, PA, United States,
Four Decades
2006
Philadelphia, PA, United States,
Rock Paper Scissors
2006
Galerie St. Etienne, 
New York, NY, United States,
Parallel Visions II: Outsider and Insider Art Today
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