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Wonderwoman by Ciro Quintana

This work, entitled Wonderwoman, emphasizes once again, the important role women play in Cuban society. In the center and top of the painting the viewer is confronted with the tension between the difficulties of life on the island and the struggle against American influence; an American Superwoman-like figure draped in a bodice of Cuban colours oozes energy and courage.
At the bottom of the painting, we can see a self-portrait of the artist, knife in hand ready to defend Wonderwoman, both from the hardships of life in Cuba and the influences of the American way of life that seeks to lead Cuban women down the wrong path shall we say.

About the artist:

Ciro Quintana is a Cuban artist born in Havana in 1964 who began his studies in 1979 at the Elba School of Fine Arts in Havana. He then continued his studies in 1983 at the Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro, again in Havana. Finally, in 1987 he joined the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, from where he graduated. Ciro Quintana lives and works today between Miami, Valencia, and Milan. He is one of the most emblematic Cuban artists of the 80s, the period of "New Cuban Art". Throughout his career, his work has been showcased in solo and group exhibitions in Cuba, the United States, Mexico, Switzerland, Russia, France, Germany, Venezuela, among others. The most recent exhibitions are: The Resilience of the Other Cuba to Minneapolis in 2015; Pulse Art Fair in New York in 2016; The Rodriguez Collection at the Kendall Art Center in Miami in 2017; Scope Art Basel in Switzerland in 2017; Outside Cuba, an exhibition of contemporary Cuban art at Château Vulleriens in Switzerland last year and most recently at the Palm Beach Contemporary Art Fair in Florida this year.

His works are now part of major collections such as: the Ludwig Forum for International Kunst Collection in Aachen, Germany, the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, the Pori Taiden Museum in Finland, the Lowe Art Museum in Miami, the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art (Latin American Collection) in the United States, the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo, the Cisneros Fontanals Collection in Miami, next to the Kendall Art Center, from the Rodriguez collection, from the Arturo & Lisa Mosquera collection, and the María Luisa Lobo collection, from the Jorge Reynardus collection in New York and Sarasota, and from the Nina Menocal collection in Mexico, among others.

CIRO QUINTANA « Wonderwoman » Oil on canvas - (original work of 2016): CHF 12’000.-
Dimensions: L143 cm x H197 cm

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