Angel Alonso at Agora Gallery: “Masters of the Imagination—The Latin American Fine Art Exhibition”

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Sandra Abd’Allah (of the “Negra cubana tenia que ser” blog) writes about the upcoming exhibition by the participation of Cuban artist Angel Alonso, who will present his work at the Latin American art exhibition “Masters of the Imagination: The Latin American Fine Art Exhibition,” to be held from September 16 to October 6, 2014, at Agora Gallery, located at 530 West 25th Street in New York.

Description: The works in “Masters of the Imagination: The Latin American Fine Art Exhibition” brim with life and passion. Whether the message is serious or whimsical, its sincerity cannot be doubted. These talented artists bring their own brand of craftsmanship from Latin America to New York to engage viewers and leave them wanting more.

Angel Alonso’s acrylic paintings speak in languages both iconographic and purely visual. The artist centers each work around his own stylized version of the human figure, a transparent, fluid outline that calls to mind a more expressive Keith Haring cartoon. In Alonso’s hands the figure is allowed to float, multiply, or grow wings; it is also deceptively subtle in its movements and the emotions it portrays. The figures fight against amorphous, symbol-laden environments. One struggles to hold a ceiling up. Another is adrift among a sea of meaningless, soulless numbers. With surreal colors and an indefinable treatment of space, the paintings seem to exist in a theoretical place rather than the real world. In this way, Alonso says his work showcases “the artificiality of the Western mind,” with its uniformity, insistence on competition, and dependence on technology. Alonso was born in Havana, Cuba and lived in Sweden for several years before returning to his hometown, an experience which impacted his art, making it universally relevant.

Sandra Abd’Allah writes: For Angel Alonso, is significant opportunity to be at the exhibition: “This is an elegant gallery, glamorous, very connected to collectors everywhere (…). They do everything with much preparation time, is a highly organized long process, resulting in an opening full of people really connected with the art world, “he told OnCuba. Alonso’s work has been exhibited in countries like Italy, Spain, Mexico, Brazil and the United States. Earlier, in the 90s, the Center for Cuban Studies presented his work along many Cuban artists in the Metropolitan New York Book Center.

[. . .] Agora Gallery is an art gallery founded in 1984 that is dedicated to promoting American and international artists that foster social awareness and promote the use of art to help those in need. The institution also publishes the ARTisSpectrum magazine and sponsors ARTmine.com.

For more information, see http://oncubamagazine.com/culture/cuban-artist-angel-alonso-will-present-his-work-in-new-york/

Also see http://www.agora-gallery.com/ExhibitionAnnouncement/Masters_9_16_2014.aspx

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