Cologne-based 100 kubik gallery will be presenting the exposition “Knotenpunkte” („Junctions“) of the Cuban artist Waldo Balart (*1931, Banes, Cuba); one of the most famous international artists still alive related to Concrete Art. There will be shown artworks of the artist‘s series “nudos” (2012 until today) and “injerencias” (2008 until 2012).
After studying politics and business administration at the university of Havana he moves to New York in 1959 where he studies fine arts at MOMA Art School until 1962. While living in New York he becomes friends with many artists of the New York School and the pop-art movement and took on little roles in some of Andy Warhol‘s movies.
To this day his works have been shown in more than 50 individual and more than 100 collective exhibitions throughout the world. Balart also had numerous articles and two books published concerning con-
crete art. The artist himself speaks about his works as “suggestions”, because in them, form and content melt toge-
ther without any reference to reality. He works with mathematical formula which he analyses within the context of painting so that they can culminate in serial “colour range studies”.
Balart is a sensitive artist who thinks and acts in systems, connections, relations and contexts. In doing so,
he uses colour as carrier of meaning from an objective point of view: His work ist rational, concrete and nevertheless appeals to a collective and universal conciousness of emotions, which seems to be influenced as well as conveyed by colour.