Cuban Art: Rafael Soriano’s Work at the Lowe Art Museum

©Rafael Soriano

Cuban-born painter Rafael Soriano is one of the major Latin American artists of his generation. Soriano broke with regional and folkloric themes which once dominated Cuban art in the mid-twenties. Soriano first mastered geometric abstraction as a style in the 1950’s, but by the late 1960’s had defined his signature approach to painting. His work embodies a style best described as “Oneiric Luminism” combining a purely abstract form of light, form space and shadow with an interest in poetic and metaphysical impulses.

Rafael Soriano: Other Worlds Within, a Sixty Year Retrospective will be on view at the University of Miami Lowe Art Museum from January 29 through March 27, 2011. A preview lecture and reception will be held on January 28 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. The lecture will be given by Dr. Alejandro Anreus.
Born in 1920 in the town of Cidra in the province of Matanzas, Rafael Soriano manifested an early inclination for painting. After completing seven years of study at Havana’s prestigious Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro, he graduated in 1943 as Professor of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture. He then returned to Matanzas where he taught visual arts for close to two decades. He was one of the founders, and later Director, of the Escuela de Bellas Artes de Matanzas, the most important art school in Cuba outside of Havana.
In 1962 Soriano went into exile, settling in Miami with his wife Milagros and his daughter Hortensia. He worked as a graphic designer and occasionally taught, first at the Catholic Welfare Bureau, and later at the Cuban Cultural Program of the University of Miami.
Soriano’s works are included in major public collections, among them: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Havana); Zimmerli Museum (Rutgers University), Denver Art Museum; Blanton Museum of Art (University Texas at Austin); Lowe Art Museum (University of Miami); Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale (Nova Southeastern University; Museum of the Americas, Organization of American States (Washington DC); Galería Arte Moderno (Santo Domingo); and Zea Museum of Art (Medellín).
This exhibition is organized by the Lowe Art Museum. Curated by Jesus Rosado. Sponsorship provided by MBF Healthcare Partners.
Gallery and Museum Store hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sunday: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Monday: Closed
Regular admission (not including special events) is $10; $5 for Seniors and Non-UM Students. Free for Lowe Art Museum Members, University of Miami students, faculty and staff, and children under 12.
Friday, January 28, 2011, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Lecture: 7:00 p.m. at Storer Auditorium, UM School of Business
Rafael Soriano: Some Thoughts on His Painting
Presented by Dr. Alejandro Anreus
Reception: 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Lowe Art Museum
Cocktails by Bacardi
$10 Admission; Free for Lowe Members 

Thursday, February 3, 2011, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Celebration of Cuban Art
Join us at the first LoweDown of 2011, as we celebrate the exhibition of Rafael Soriano: Other Worlds Within, A Sixty Year Retrospective. Guests can enjoy a guided tour of the exhibition, presented by Rafael Soriano’s daughter Hortensia, along with tasty Cuban treats, and register for a raffle of the exhibition catalog. Cocktails generously provided Bacardi and PAMA Spirits and other beverages courtesy of Vitamin Water Zero and Honest Tea
$10 Admission; Free for Lowe Members

Sunday, March 27, 2011, 1:00 p.m.
This is the last opportunity to view the Rafael Soriano retrospective with the whole family! Adults can view the documentary film, La Profundidad del Silencio (The Depth of Silence) An Intimate Portrait of the Cuban Painter Rafael Soriano by Jorge Moya while the kids participate in an art activity. Light refreshments will be served.
$10 Adults; Free for Children, Lowe members, UM Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni.

Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami
1301 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33124
Ph: 305.284.3535
Fax: 305.284.2024

Opening reception: January 28, 2011. 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami. 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, Florida 33124
Admission: $10 Admission; Free for Lowe Members
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