Curated by Martha de Perez, this exhibit features colorful bold art by six Cuban artists: Lili Bernard, Rogelio Eduardo Espinosa, Viredo Espinosa, Silfredo La O Vigo, Juan Jesus Perez, and Enrique Pita. It also includes photographs of Cuba by Clay Lipsky.
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Lili Bernard is a Cuban-born, Los Angeles-based visual artist and actor who has exhibited her artwork in numerous galleries and institutions. Her work examines issues of trauma born of sexism and racism, past and present.
Rogelio Eduardo Espinosa is a photographer who came from Cuba to America with his passion for photography and film. These images encompass a visual work of American life through road travels to Georgia and everyday family experiences in Los Angeles.
Viredo Espinosa was a member of the Group of the Eleven, a revolutionary group of artists in 1950s Cuba who expanded the scope of the country’s modern art through the introduction of non-figurative, abstract works. His art is based on his childhood interaction in Cuba with a mix of Catholicism, Santeria rites, and Calabar ceremonies. His knowledge of African heritage came from many, including a 90-year old former slave who told him of the terror of coming from Africa on a slave ship.
Silfredo La O Vigo is an artist and a professional dancer in the Afro-Cuban and Haitian tradition. A graduate of the National School of the Arts in Havana, Cuba, he trained and performed with the Cuban National Folkloric Company and Danza Contemporanea de Cuba.
Clay Lipsky is a visual artist living in Los Angeles who is also an Emmy Award-winning graphic designer who works in television, film, music videos, print and multimedia. His focus shifts among illustration, photography, cinema, graphic design, and animation.
Juan Jesus Perez is a Los Angeles-based artist who left Cuba in 1972 for Spain where he toiled as a manual laborer to support his family. There, he made time to paint murals that remain today on view in many Spanish banks. After leaving Spain, he came to California and became a graphic artist for the Department of Water and Power. Since retiring last year, Perez returned to creating art and now has exhibitions in Miami, New York, and Los Angeles.
Enrique Pita is a Cuban-born artist who emigrated to the U.S. at age 10 with his family in 1980. Once in Los Angeles and later as a young adult, he studied fine arts, commercial art, and graphic design at LA Trade Tech College.His career has expanded to include doing print press, typography, illustration and graphic design for companies like Guess, Tiltworks, and Jerry Leigh.