Collective Exhibition at L’Habitation Clément Features Artists from the Dominican Republic

The collective exhibition “Between Myths and Realities” has just opened at L’Habitation Clément in Martinique. The organizers aim to contribute to the diffusion of Dominican painting as a vital component of Caribbean art. This exhibition introduces four artists representing different generation: Rosa Tavárez, Ramón Oviedo, Avilés Elvis, and Fernando Peña Defilló. The opening took place on December 17 but the show will be on view until January 24, 2010.

Peña Defilló begins his artistic trajectory in the 1950s and 60s. His work is characterized by a symbolic mysticism that arises from a process of aesthetic research. Emerging from the generation of the painters of the 60s, Ramón Oviedo uses the “expressivity of form” to articulate the questioning of the Dominican artists at the juncture of the passage of modernity to contemporary art. Rosa Tavárez, a leading figure among women artists of the 70s, is regarded as one of the precursors of printmaking in Dominican Republic. Her work, populated by myths, invites the audience to reflect. The work of Elvis Aviles, representative of the 80s, is characterized by the recurrence of graphic symbols that he synthesizes to offer various visual scenarios to the spectators.

Tonight (December 18 at 7:00pm) there will be a conference/debate entitled “Dominican Painters between Myths and Realities” at the Old Clément Distillery. It will be moderated by art critics Myrna Guerrero and Cándido Gerón. On Sunday, January 10, 2010, there will be a discussion on the “Evolution of Dominican Painting,” led by Luz Severino and Marisol Estripeault.

The exhibition at Habitation Clément will be open every day from 9:00am-5:30pm from December 18 to January 24, 2010. The exhibition catalogue will be available at the Habitation Clément shop.

For full description (in French), see

Image of Rosa Tavárez’s “El ángel” from

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