May 1 - May 31, 2010 -- Caribe, a retrospective exhibition of George Rodez's Caribbean works; a search of his culture and roots.
Cuba's past comes alive in Caribe. Rodez's images come to life with bold, vivid colors like that of the stained glass windows of old Cuban architecture. He uses subjects and images that would normally be used in folkloric Cuban paintings and gives them a modern pop-ish twist. Rodez claims that what he accomplishes in creating this body of work is a sense of voyaging back to Cuba, transforming it, and making it fresh and new, as if never touched by 51 years of stagnation. The works act as a defibrillator bringing back to life the Cuba, Before Castro, and foretelling of the possibilities of a new beginning for the lost island of ruins.
Although born in Manhattan, New York, he has found
a connection with his heritage and culture as a way of fusing a lifestyle
that he never knew with the modern day existence of the Cuban-American experience
in Miami. He describes this work as a mixture of the old with the new, the
Cuban and the American, the Caribbean and the African, all rolled up into
one delicious palette of colors.
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