(May 3 – June 2, 2011)

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Mixed media on canvas, 130 x 130 cm., 2009

ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO Gallery (Av. Pardo y Aliaga 676, San Isidro), with the strategic support of Citibank, announces the opening of the solo painting exhibition SUR by CARLOS QUINTANA, next Tuesday, May 3 at 7.30 p.m. The artist will be present at the exhibition. Born in Havana, Cuba in 1966. Studied at the Instituto de Diseño and graduated from the Academia San Alejandro in Havana, Cuba. Since 1987, he has held solo and collective shows at major galleries and cultural centers in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, in countries such as Peru, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, the United States, Canada, Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and China. He currently splits his time between living and working in Madrid and Havana. On this occasion, we may observe a series of twelve works made using oil and mixed techniques on canvas, medium and large in size. With his proposal SUR (SOUTH), Quintana offers us an far-reaching, inclusive work—the South also exists—a colossal proposition that runs through the main conflicts of contemporary man, compelling us to reflect on these assumptions of identity. For the artist, there are similarities, unity. There are points of contact, customs, attitudes, conditioning, symbols, mixtures, irreverence; all of this permeates the oeuvre of this boundless painter, chronicler of our quotidian impulses. He reveals to us the tribulations of humanity, always threatened by crises and turbulence, heartbreaking and cyclical. His canvases are notable for the intense charge of emotions he transmits, an upheaval that is difficult to escape and assimilate, which we recognize as truths that we only half admit, but which are the very essence of our everyday lives as human beings. These works also show us beings full of ambiguity and eroticism. There are, after all, almost too many coincidences and things that unite us. Of his work, it has been said: “Carlos Quintana has the gift of gaze. He paints that which our blinkered eye fails to perceive, the other side of the curtain, that is, our eyelids. His paintings directly touch a nerve, eliciting bewilderment. They give the impression of troublesome surprise, of mystery. Petrified in their sovereign immobility, bathed in the dark clarity of their sanctuaries, these figures (through which he expresses the underlying animal) seem to exist outside time, or in a suspended time, removed from the effects of gravity, levitating, floating. And they look at us, confront us, challenge us, obsess us.” (François Vallée, 2011). This major event has been possible by the invaluable support of Citibank, Wa Lok Restaurant and TRAPICHE Argentina. The exhibition may be viewed through June 2, from Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. No entry fee.