Cuban artist Mearson Daniel Zafra Pérez won the gold medal of the 26th Sun and Shadow Salon of the Arts in Montreal. ‘Eco’ (see image above), a mixed-technique work on canvas, won the top award at the event in competition with 300 other works.
Zafra was born in the Cuban easternmost province of Guantánamo in 1963 and studied painting, sculpture and graphic arts in Guantánamo. A member of the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists, his work has been exhibited in Europe, the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Zafra is known for his abstract paintings inspired by indigenous Taíno petroglyphs found in the caves of eastern Cuba. He has said about this source of inspiration that “in my work, I reflect upon the invention of myth as a result of the accumulation of historical recovery, which reaches my conscience in various ways. Building on the legacy of our ancestors, rock art has expressed the need for the abstracted, the idealized as a reflection of primitive culture in general. This result, the whole iconography in my work is part of a careful selection to create and recreate symbols and signs, which suggest a speculative metaphorical language, which hyperbolizes the narrow and delicate spiritual thread, sometimes providing magnificence and other times spoiled, differentiated traits.”