Art Exhibition: Genaro Reyes Retrospective “Flotaaltagracia de Miches a Baní”

cayucoThe Perelló Cultural Center (Centro Cultural Perelló) presents “Flotaaltagracia de Miches a Baní” [—a retrospective exhibition of award-winning sculptor Genaro Reyes. The exhibition opened on Thursday, January 23, 2014, at 6:00pm.

The sculptor, a native of Miches, El Seibo province, specializes in recycling. He is also known by the nickname Cayuco, because of the many boats and canoes he has featured in his work [the cayucos, yolas, and other small seafaring vessels are, of course, metaphors for the history of migrations and displacements around the world]. His exhibition includes craftwork, furniture, objects d’art, nativity scenes, ceramic and metal pieces, castings, carvings, etc.

The show will display three major pieces that have won awards in national art competitions: “El Motoconcho,” assembled welded piece, National Biennial Award (1996); “La Cuabera,” wooden altarpiece, Premio Adquisitivo Bienal Nacional (1998); and the sculpture “Indocumentados” [The Undocumented] of a metal boat (a native yola), E. León Jimenes Award (2000). These join many other important pieces from an array of private collections.

The director of the Perelló Cultural Center says that the exhibition offers the people of Baní the opportunity to enjoy sacred art, the verisimilitude of the unknown and the marvelous nature of Dominican popular religiosity, through award-winning pieces of important national renown, which reinforce the perennial history of Cayuco in Dominican sculptural art.”

“Cayuco” asserts, “Each of these carved logs has been vomited by the sea, carried by the rivers, broken by storms, like reverent offerings scattered here and there. [. . .] The Perelló Cultural Center will be the perfect stage for a demonstration of this sacred art that brings us to celebrate our Lady of La Altagracia, patroness of the Dominican people.”

The exhibition is also accompanied by an interagency collaboration between the Perelló Cultural Center and the Miches Cultural Center, a community institution dedicated to the rescue of the cultural traditions of the people, coordinated by the artist. As part of this collaborative project, there will be introductory workshops on woodcarving, intercultural artistic events, roundtables, discussions, and other activities.

Genaro Reyes (Cayuco) has held many collective and individual shows, including: “La Casa de Cayuco,” Centro Cultural de España, 1999; “Memorias de un Náufrago,” Galería El Espacio, 2000; “Arqueología Contemporánea,” Museo del Hombre Dominicano, 2001; “Hallazgos” [Findings] Alianza Francesa, 2002; “De Miches a Punta Cana,” Punta Cana Art Gallery, 2007; “Cayuco and His students,” Alianza Francesa 2010; “La Flor del Cayuco,” galería principal de Altos de Chavón 2011; and at the Visual Arts Biennials of 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013. His international exhibitions have taken place in countries such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Curaçao, Cuba, France, Spain, Germany, and Canada.

[Many thanks to Jo Spalburg and Sophie Mariñez for bringing this item to our attention.]

Post above based on original article [in Spanish] from the COA—Revista de artes plásticas de Puerto Rico y el Caribe:

Image above f(piece from “La Flor del Cayuco”) from

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