Antonio Guerrero Contemporary Cuban Artist
Born 1968 in Matanzas, Cuba
Lives and works in Miami Beach, Florida
Guerrero’s complete ArtWork
Antonio Guerrero is a contemporary Cuban 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. 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.
Guerrero returned to Cuba in 1988 where he resumed his job as an artisan specializing in painting, engraving woodcarving, 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. Floating off from the coast of Matanzas, they were at sea for five days before being rescued and brought to the U.S.
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.
In his paintings 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.
Exhibits & Publications
Education: “A gif from GOD” Self-taught Selected Exhibitions: (*Solo Shows)
2010* Condesa Gyn,Dance and theater of Miami, Miami FL (USA)
2010 Ivan Galindo Art Studio, Miami FL, (USA)
2010 US Century Bank, under the name “Two Artist Same Dream” Miami Beach FL,(USA)
2010* AbaHouse Art Gallery, under the name “Evolution” 20 years in the Making
2010 Miami Dade West Campus Martin and Pat Fine Center for the Arts, (USA)
2010 AbaHouse Art Gallery, under the name “Close encounters”; Doral Miami Fl (USA)
2010* US Century Bank, under the name “Exile on Main Street” Miami Beach, Fl (USA)
2010* Touch Muah, under the name “I live in a Red Planet” Miami Beach, Fl (USA)
2010 ArtRouge Gallery Miami Florida (USA)
2010 Renee Gallery, under the name “The Future belongs to you”, Miami Florida (USA)
2010 The Art of Freedom, under the name “51 Años de todos”, Miami Florida (USA)
2010 International Art Fair Palm Beach at the Palm Beach County Convention Center( West Palm Beach Fl) It’s Presented By Aldo Castillo’s Gallery (Chicago USA).
2010 International Art Fair Miami, It’s Present by Aldo Castillo’s Galleries, Miami Beach Convention Center (USA)
2009 Leal Gallery, under the name! “Milla 45” Miami Florida (USA)
2009 MAC Building, under the name “Artistas por una America Verde” @ 5960 SW 57 Ave. Miami.
2009* Undergrung Art Fair at the Santa Barbara Hotel Miami Beach Fl (USA)
2009 Glass Gallery, City Hall Pembroke Pines, Pines Boulevard Florida (USA)
2009 Sunflour Weston, under the name “Cubanos, Marca Registrada” Weston, Fl 2009 (USA)
2009 University of Miami, under the name “One”, Miami Fl (USA)
2009 L.Y Canes & Walter’s Arts Gallery, under the name “Artistas Independientes” Miami Florida (USA) 2009 Alliance Française, Miami Florida (USA)
2009 777 Studio Gallery, Miami Florida (USA)2008 Color Alternative Space, under the name “The Way to Love”, Miami, FL (USA)
2008* Les Halles restaurant Coral Gables, Miami, FL (USA)2008 Colby Gallery, under the name “Mexican Influence in Latin American Art” Chicago, Illinois (USA)
2008* The Luxury index, Design District, Miami, FL (USA)
2008 Art fusion Gallery(Design Art District) (USA)
2008* Piola Restaurant, South Beach (USA)
2008 Second Annual Williams Island Artwarlk (Virtu) (USA)
2008 The Goddess Store and Studio, Artwalk Gallery, Hollywood Florida (USA)
2007 Tampa Artist Emporium Gallery, Tampa Florida (USA)
2007 Horizon line Gallery, under the name “The naked people” Tampa Florida (USA)
2005 ArtRome Gallery (Italy)
1996 Cubans in the Exile, US Rep, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Washinton, DC “Cubans in exile” (USA)
1995 Galeria Vanidades, Miami Florida (USA)
1995 José Marti Foundation, Miami Florida (USA)
1987* Diré Dawa Military Base, Ethiopia while serving with the Cuban Army. (Ethiopia, Africa)