exhibition : 2012
exhibition title
Jose Luis Farinas Skirting the Apocalypse
Jose Luis Farinas Skirting the Apocalypse
Eclipse and Return. 2011. Fine brush and watercolor on paper. 38x28 cm. 15x11 in.
May 15 - 31, 2012


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Opening Reception: Saturday, May 19, 4 - 7 PM

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Yukiko Koide is pleased to present Skirting the Apocalypse, the first exhibition in Japan featuring the works by Havana-based Cuban artist, Jose Luis Farinas.

Jose Luis Farinas was born in 1972 to Spanish-Cuban parents of Sephardi origin. A graduate of the San Alejandro Academia de Artes Plasticas and the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Farinas has presented more than 30 solo exhibits and more than 100 collective exhibits both in and outside of Cuba. Of recent note, one of Farinas’ watercolors decorates the central panel of The Death of Narcissus, the new ballet created by Alicia Alonso, as her homage with the National Cuban Ballet, to Jose Lezama Lima. A novel illustrated by Farinas, Apocalypse, was recently nominated for the 2010 National Prize of Book of High Bibliophilic Art.

In his first show in Japan, Farinas unleashes a new series of meticulously detailed watercolors, Skirting the Apocalypse, featuring phantasmagoric images of the Apocalypse captured in various stages of metamorphosis.

In this exhibition, Farinas has taken his sinister vision a step further by setting his figures in a landscape of embryonic skin, floating egg sacs, and fleshy pustules, to create abstruse dialogues with the foreground figures that may be fully understood only through the logic of dreams. Influenced by the artist’s readings of the Old Testament and the Book of Genesis, Skirting the Apocalypse is nothing less than Farina’s personal interpretation of the end of all things, which can be a Surrealistic development of fragments of memory embedded.

Critics have compared Farinas’ works to the demonological paintings of Brueghel and Bosch and to Goya’s renderings of human suffering. Farina himself cites the influence of Durer, Da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Van Gogh, as well as the Cuban artist Wifredo Lam, Acosta Leon, and Carlos Enriques. But the impression one takes away from Skirting the Apocalypse is that of an intensely original artist working at the peak of his powers.

Skirting the Apocalypse is made possible through collaboration with MIYAKO YOSHINAGA art prospects, New York.

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