Antonio Guerrero Exhibiting at Florida’s Historical Landmark: McCormick Place. Downtown Miami “First Friday” Artwalk.

 
“With my first encounter with Antonio’s work I immediately recognized an artist of maturity and stature, who continues to produce art of the highest quality.”
Richard L. Tooke, MFA Retired Director of Rights & Reproductions, Photographic Archives and Photographic Laboratories. 
The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
MIAMI, Florida July 27, 2014 The Cuban Art Project is pleased to announce that contemporary Cuban-American painter Antonio Guerrero is exhibit at Florida’s historical landmark ;  McCormick Place.  August 2, 2013-Sept 2, 2013. See photo gallery opening night.

The original building, constructed in 1924, was first a US Customs Warehouse serving as storage of confiscated goods and look-out post for the  nefarious characters coming into Miami via the Biscayne Bay and the Miami River. The property was purchased in 1970 by Edward J McCormick, Sr. and dedicated to his father, Dr. James McCormick. Now, three generations later, Sean McCormick is not only reviving this venue but the Downtown area, creating the epicenter for the cultural crossroads of Miami. McCormick Place is a vibrant production-based event space featuring various well known artists.

Guerrero will exhibit  ” The Warrior in his Own War” a painting that explores spiritual and moral self-development, which represents  the greatest human struggle.  “This work is very personal to me, since it reflects my growth as an artist as I strive to discover my place in the Universe”  said Guerrero.

Antonio Guerrero @ McCormick Place Grand Opening Night, September 7, 2012

Antonio Guerrero @ McCormick Place Grand Opening Night, September 7, 2012

Antonio Guerrero is a contemporary Cuban American Artist. He was born in 1968 in Matanzas Cuba, under the Castro regime. Guerrero grew up in a household where artistic expression was appreciated and encouraged; although materials were not always available, his dreams and ideas were always abundant.

In 1986 Antonio was drafted into the army and was immediately transported to Africa to fight in the Ethiopian War. The civil war was a symptom of profound changes within Ethiopia, involving a confrontation between traditional and modern forces that changed the nature of the Ethiopian state.
He was inspired by the people and scenes of Africa and he developed an interest in modern expressionism and began to experiment with modern forms of visual art. The popularity of his work led to exhibits of his paintings at the military base.

Antonio returned to Cuba in 1988 where he resumed his job as an artisan specializing in painting, engraving wood carving, sculpting and metal work. Feeling increasingly oppressed by Cuba’s government, and unhappy with the worsening living conditions, Antonio, along with two other men, climbed into a raft they had secretly designed and built left Cuba on September 4, 1992. Floating off from the coast of Matanzas, they were at sea for five days before being rescued  by  Brothers to the Rescue a humanitarian organization dedicated to rescuing rafters fleeing Cuba.     On February 24, 1996,  two of their planes  were shot down by Cuban MiG-29 fighter planes. This completely unjustified attack resulted in the murder of four young Cuban Americans: Armando Alejandre Jr., Carlos Costa, Mario De la Peña and Pablo Morales.

In January of 1995 Guerrero’s “Balseros del 92”, (“The Rafters of 92”) was exhibited at Vanidades Gallery in Miami, FL. This painting was part of a collection donated to the Jose Marti Foundation in order to raise money for the Florida International University student scholarships. This portrait of himself along with his cousin and friend fleeing Cuba was said to best commemorate the occasion. On May 17, 1996 Guerrero’s work was exhibited by U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Washington D.C. as a part of the “Cubans in exile” exhibit.

Facundo Bacardi- Black and white and Cuba Island by Guerrero

Taming of the Rum
Bacardi Family Private Collection @2012

In 2012 Guerrero was one of four Cuban artists in the world chosen by Bacardi to express the feeling of liberation and the openness of the Cuban spirit during the time of Bacardi’s legendary parties to celebrate the brand’s 150th anniversary.

Guerrero sees the world as a cosmic stage for human activity. “I’m in the system like a computer programmer writing codes with my sketchbook and brushes, playing the critic, here to create and program the unconscious. Apart from all the trouble we cause ourselves, I believe we are immersed in a powerful and beautiful mystery. The fact of our existence is a great riddle to me.

In his imaginary world everything is possible, shadows fall according to nature’s intent, trees grow from earth, and triangles refract light in a realistic manner. But all of that realism is just Antonio’s way of holding the scene together so that he could go on to upset our normal expectations of reality.

A N T O N I O G U E R R E R O
Born: Matanzas, Cuba (1968)
Education: “A gift from GOD” Self-taught
Selected Exhibitions: (*Solo Shows)
2013 Naples Museum of Art, under the name “Incognito”, Naples FL,(USA)
2013 Miguel Rodez Art Project, under the name “Passion red”,Miami FL,(USA)
2013 LMNT Art Gallery, under the name “Celebrity Art Series”, Miami FL, (USA)
2013 MFA, under the name “Inspired by red” at Mano Fine Art, Miami Fl, (USA)
2012 Miguel Rodez Studio, under the name “Drawn from within, Miami Fl, (USA)
2012 MFA, under the name “Made in the USA” MANO Fine Art, Studio, Miami Fl (USA)
2012 Studio 18,under the name “Sincerity Project” Pembroke Pines FL, (USA)
2011 Cafeina Wynwood Lounge “Becks Emerging Artist” Miami FL, (USA)
2011 Leals Gallery, under the name “Cuban Master under 360” Miami FL, (USA)
2011 Mano Fine Art Project Space, under the name “Made in the USA, Miami FL( USA)
2011 Leal’s Gallery, under the name “Cubanos de aqui y de alla”, Miami FL, (USA)
2011 SeaFair, Represented by Aldo Castillo Gallery, Curated by Aldo Castillo, Sarasota FL, (USA)
2011 Art Naples, Represented by Aldo Castillo Gallery, Curated by Aldo Castillo, Naples FL,(USA)
2011 Art Naples, Represented by Miami Wave, Curated by Sergio Garcia, Naples FL, (USA)

Guerrero works in painting, sculpture, photography and writing. His work, which frequently takes the form of multi-disciplinary environments, has been widely exhibited. His next exhibition will be PUNCTUM CONTRA PUNCTUM II, which takes place at The Georgian National Museum , 1-15 September, 2013.

111 SW 3rd Street, Miami, Florida 33130

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