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The warmth of the UNEAC Winter Hall in Matanzas

Tamara Caridad Mesa González 24 diciembre, 2020

The Winter Salon of Visual Arts, convened by the National Union of Writers and Artists in Matanzas, in these days of December welcomes the representative of that manifestation in the province and is especially dedicated to the work of the teacher Agustín Drake and at the age of 90 by Alfredo Sosabravo, whose influences mark the creations of the new batch of artists.

18 members of the subsidiary and seven guests participate in the exhibition, in a range of genres, among which painting, sculpture and photography stand out due to their majority presence, in addition to exhibiting various classical and avant-garde trends.

The art critic, Lincoln Capote, intervened referring to the sculptor Agustín Drake, nominated for this year’s National Prize for Plastic Arts and bearer of the Provincial Prize since 2007, whom he described as a mystery and a challenge, by rethinking a morphology of the pieces that reaches various readings.

“Let’s look closely, he said, because the creation that inhabits Drake sees the deep, not the apparent. The essences are revealed as the result of his permanent work with the waste material … We see wonders: three-dimensional objects, reinvented, manipulated by an expert. Pieces of metal, spoons aged by time, pieces of iron, wood, cloth, a whole trousseau. «

As for Sosabravo, the sculptor, painter, craftswoman and pedagogue Leonor Jorge-Vergara indicated that this artist dazzles in his close-ups and use of painting, engraving, ceramics, drawing and sculpture itself, which trace him back to being considered one of the most original architects of the two-dimensional expressions of Cuban art.

In an account of the Hall and its exponents, it was known that its most impressive relevance lies in the diversity of themes and techniques applied to project a message of rapprochement between human beings with the use of colors, strokes, a sharp look at the environment, its interweaving with plastic signs to the contemporary and the use of fibers, metals, costumes, in a figurative and highly expressive language.

The Winter Hall of Visual Arts, on the premises of the UNEAC Yumurina House, will remain open until mid-January, in honor of the 62nd anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution and the 60th anniversary of the Words to the Intellectuals, speech emblematic of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro.

At the opening ceremony were Leo García Ramos, first vice president of UNEAC, and Idania Álvarez, president of the Association of Plastic Arts, who referred to the importance of this event, which allows us to appreciate the quality of the works, inspired by the reality that surrounds human beings in these turbulent times.


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