The works of prominent Cuban plastic artists are making the rounds of cities in Colombia.
The term bola viva (live ball) used in baseball — the national sport in Cuba — is the title of a project aimed at giving an overview of the most representative of Cuban plastic art in several Colombian cities.
The sports term refers this time to the mobile essence, which is very hard to express through art, combined in the works of thirty masters of Cuban painting. Among them are a large number of National Prize winners who have gained recognition in the arts in the country.
This travelling curatorial project is organized and run by poet, narrator and Cuban art critic Alex Fleites, with the support of the Luis Eduardo Nieto Arteta Corporation from Barranquilla. The Embassy of Colombia and the Ministry of Culture of Cuba have also contributed to this initiative.
Works by acclaimed artists such as Nelson Domínguez, Pedro Pablo Oliva, Alicia Leal, Manuel Mendive, Alexis Leyva (Kcho), Zaida del Río and Arturo Montoto are included in this exhibition, along with other younger but no less well-known talents such as Harold López.
Graduated in painting from the San Alejandro Academy in 1998, from the very beginning López has devoted himself to contemporary art. His works are marked by more than one influence, ranging from the German expressionists to pop art. About his participation in this project, the young painter agreed to be interviewed by Cubanow:
What does it mean for you to be part of this exhibition, which includes well-known figures from the world of the plastic arts of our country?
“It is a very great honor for me. I always wanted to be part of such a project; but being around so many National Prize winners has an additional value, which means a lot to me.”
Which of all your pieces did you choose or make for this project?
“In fact, I chose a work that opens a series entitled Discurso fragmentado. It is a very important work for me, and so I chose it to represent myself. I made it specifically for this exhibition. I find it quite relevant because it is the first work of a new series that has just begun.”
What do you expect from this opportunity to show your work in several Colombian cities?
“I have high expectations because Alex is very good at organizing all his projects, and with a really serious approach. In principle, the exhibition is very well organized and will have a major catalogue. It will be taken throughout the country, including to very important locations and institutions; and I predict that its coverage is virtually guaranteed. In my opinion, it is an entirely secure project.”
Bola viva will arrive with its precious cargo at institutions and cities such as the Galería de la Aduana (Customs Gallery) in Barranquilla, the Museo de Arte Moderno (Museum of Modern Art) in Cartagena, the Museo Zenú (Zenú Museum) in Montería, the Museo Bolivariano (Bolivarian Museum) in Santa Marta and the Centro Cultural Gabriel García Márquez (Gabriel García Márquez Cultural Centre) in Bogotá.
Translated by Xelcis A. Presno
Revised by Susana Hurlich