Artist Profile

Born in Pinar del Rio province in Cuba; migrated to the U.S. in 1961 and after living in New York and Mexico City, currently resides in Miami, Florida. Studied art at the Brooklyn Museum School and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 1979 had his first one-man show at the Razor gallery in Soho in New York, and his hyperrealist paintings from the period are in the collection of the E.F Hutton Co. and Pan American Airways among others. He has also exhibited his work in Mexico City, Steamboat Springs, Colorado and Miami.

The series “Playing With Dolls” was his first mayor effort away from painting and drawing into “object art” and was featured in Art Miami and Zones art fairs. It was also featured at the Galleria Chico Zapote in Mexico City and Contemporanea gallery in Miami. Centered on the familiar “Barbie Doll”, this series explores some of the themes of exploitation and victimization, with which the conventional feminist analysis has framed its critique of the ubiquitous toy. But it also animates the received wisdom with impossible, over the top situations -- which confer religious, social and political commentary, in order to change the narrative and add fresh perspectives to an otherwise commonplace subject.

The series “Violent Toys” is the second expression of the toy theme and its logical extension. But, without the limitations of the single-focus on the iconographic Barbie doll, it encompasses a wider range of social and esthetic issues. This series explores the act of roll-playing as both escapism and a way to order the world according to the boundaries of our childhood experience. As children, we may imagine ourselves powerful, wealthy or desirable beyond our reality and in the comfort zone-which our toys and imaginary world provide. This work examines the proposition that, to the extent to which our childhood desires and goals are ever truly settled in adulthood, we continue the fantasy in the form of daydreams, or by object-worship.

Current work includes a series of bronzes inspired by the book “Invisible Cities” by the writer Italo Calvino, as well as a series of remote-controlled futuristic toys to be introduced in the 2011 season.

Bishopric Green Fielden Gallery, Miami FL
Group Show, October 1975

Razor Gallery, 946 West Broadway, NY
One Man Show, December 1979

Chico Zapote Gallery, Mexico City
Group Show, March 1984

Chico Zapote Gallery, Mexico City
Group Show, March 1986

Art Miami Art Fair
One Man Exhibit, January 2005

Zones Art Fair, Miami FL
One Man Exhibit, December 2007

Contemporanea Gallery, Miami FL
One Man Show, March 2007

The Art Center of Northern New Jersey
Group Show, April 2008

Chico Zapote Art Gallery, Mexico City
Group Show, December 2008

QbaVa Gallery New Jersey
Group Show, May 2009

ZHole Gallery, Miami Beach
Group Show, August 2009

Red Contemporary Gallery, Steamboat Springs Colorado
Group Show, December 2009

Chico Zapote Art Gallery, Mexico City
Group “Paper Show”, March 2010