Latin American Masters presents Timeline, an exhibition of recent paintings by Gustavo Acosta (Cuba, b. 1958). Acosta’s Timeline paintings link time with memory, creating cityscapes that evoke the textures, light and color of the observed world. Acosta’s treatment of surface, particularly the staining and layering of color, reinforces our awareness of time. Yet, Acosta’s cities are also A-temporal vistas of a parallel world, seemingly familiar and yet uninhabited. The viewer’s ability to enter Acosta’s painting is challenged by passages where three-dimensional architecture flattens to two-dimensional geometry, a window becomes a rectangle, or two-dimensional space opens to an inner, cavernous space. There is in these works a sense of the newly discovered, as if painting, itself, was opening up new possibilities for the artist.
Gustavo Acosta is one of a group of Cuban artists that came of age in the 1980’s, a generation formed by the Cuban revolution, with a view of art and culture tempered by the utopian promises of Marxism. Acosta’s world-view was shaped by the false promises of the Revolution, and by extension, of all governments and institutions. The content of his painting explores the experience of exile, both as a historical, psychological and existential reality.
Gustavo Acosta has exhibited worldwide, including: Museo Nacional, Havana, Cuba; São Paulo Biennale, São Paulo, Brazil; Museum of Fine Arts, Caracas, Venezuela; Palazzo Mediceo di Seravezza, Seravezza, Italy; El Museo del Barrio, New York, New York; Lowe Art Mueum, Miami, Florida; and U.S.C. Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California. In 2013 Acosta was the subject of a major retrospective, Espacio de Silencio, organized by Caixa Cultural, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The artist currently lives in Miami, Florida.