Estrella Díaz reviews Eduardo Abela


Estrella Díaz features Eduardo Abela Torrás (Havana, 1963), who says, “My sssence is absolutely Cuban.” Here are excerpts; see full article and an array of his paintings at OnCuba.

[The artist,] who lives and creates in Havana, is the son and grandson of renowned visual artists who left an imprint in Cuban art. However, the third Abela revealed himself early on against his genetic condition and, although he always drew in his school notebooks and almost became “the classroom’s scribe,” he refused to follow his father’s and grandfather’s steps; at the time he wanted to be a musician “to dissociate myself from my legacy.” He thus opted for humor. He worked for publications – like DDTPalanteBohemia and the newspaper Tribuna de La Habana – where he found the space for his first works. But genetics doesn’t fail: “although I greatly enjoy humor, I sincerely never came to believe in it,” he confesses to OnCuba.

[. . .] Abela has had numerous and diverse exhibitions throughout his intense career, but what’s significant is not the amount but rather that in each one of his proposals he presents and defends a thesis: “I display when I have something new to say; each exhibit has a defined and marked purpose.” [. . .]

[. . .] As Abela confessed, his painting delves into Cuban identity, but in a sui generis way. These are some of his arguments: “I speak of identity because I work on aesthetics that are not Cuban and the Cuban is in what happens, in the story told in each work. Frequently the particular is the universal and that’s why I work a great deal with traditional music, with the history of the nation. My iconography has to do with the pop or with the gothic, but what is narrated is purely national. My essence, or heart, is absolutely Cuban and the exterior covering is just a pretext,” he concluded.

[Image above, “Old Masters” (2016) Abela.]

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