Ariel Cabrera

1982, Camagüey, Cuba

As an art student in Cuba, I was constantly exposed to historical memorabilia, collectibles and artworks from other periods of time.These were relevant to me as they were rare and truthful testimonies from the past. They stored information that differed, in many cases, with the official history I was taught at school – the government’s version of the struggles for independence in Cuba. That version was the result of a unilateral doctrine that justifies the political ideology in the Island. I felt motivation for revisiting history -this time from the perspective of an artist. I chose traditional painting techniques to create works whose stories contrast with the established literature on Cuban history. In my paintings, I come up with actions and narratives that are alternative to Cuba’s mainstream history, hoping that my images could also legitimize Cuban men and their doctrines.

Wet Campaign No. 12. From Series "La tregua fecunda"

2019

Wet Campaign No. 8. From Series "La tregua fecunda"

2019

Wet Campaign No. 4. From Series "La tregua fecunda"

2018

Wet Campaign No. 2. From Series "La tregua fecunda" (Diptych)

2018

Wet Campaign No. 5. From Series "La tregua fecunda"

2018