Cuban Contemporary is pleased to present La Sangre Llama, a solo exhibition from Cuban American artist Eduardo Sarmiento, curated by Cristina Figueroa at the Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales in Havana, Cuba.
Born in Cienfuegos, Cuba, Sarmiento has lived in Miami for the past ten years. During this time, he has developed a rigorous practice of figurative drawing and painting, both on paper and canvas, and has developed a distinctive style that continues to evolve. Using a variety of media and materials, and mostly recognized for his raw portraits, Sarmiento’s work has been fueled by obsession, passion, the subconscious, dreams, and primal forces.
La Sangre Llama is the first solo exhibition since Sarmiento left his native island. On view will be seventeen diptychs on paper, portraits of his family tree, all using ink. His unique style with ink is what gives these works their mysterious glow as well as the palpable subconscious quality that they present almost immediately. There will also be more than 30 intimate drawings done while traveling between 2012 and 2016.
For La Sangre Llama, Sarmiento builds on the story of his family, or love stories as he likes to call them, for it is precisely these stories that result in what we all are, or as stated by the curator of the exhibition:
"What is the essence of the human condition? Love, betrayal, history, the past, family, illness, death. None of these portraits escape from those circumstances and in them we find the beauty of distortion, the ugliness of love, the grotesque as an aesthetic. In the works of Sarmiento motherhood hurts, love hurts, sex hurts, life hurts ... and leave scars. "
Exhibition through November, 2016.