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The Curator: Antuan

The Curator: Antuan


"If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich."
John F. Kennedy

"To understand Haiti, one must look in the mirror and feel there are no differences between us."
Antuán

The project Base Paint presents a contemporary proposal with subtle vision. The artwork conveys a strong narrative about Haiti's current challenges. This project was conceived as a collaboration among a group of international artists and nonprofit organizations, that creating a school at L'Athlétique d'Haiti support, through art, the reconstruction of education in Haiti.

The curatorship covers several themes: Water, recreation, education, collaboration and social interaction, economics, religion, ecology, health and Haitian culture. More than aesthetics, in this project art is history, ot feeds from the present to enrich the future of Haiti. In the course of art, one must act. An exceptional aspect of art is the link between public and private spheres, achieving aid for a segregated country, creating unity, fusion and international action.

Our wish is that this installation, intended to be visible from the air, will serve as a magnet, icon and message to the world, to appreciate what we have inherited from the Haitian people and their insatiable struggle for freedom.
Antuán
April 19, 2010...
Artistic Director


ANTUAN

Villa Clara, Cuba, January 9, 1972                                                      antuanstudio@yahoo.com
5441 SW 5th Terrace                                                                             www.antuanstudio.com
Miami, FL  33134                                                                                  305-447-3030/898-5865

Antuán's first solo exhibit at sixteen, Objects Revolt, 1988 establishes his public perception as a radical environmentalist.  He is remarkably deft at most art techniques-result of strict training in the arts since the age of seven. An EVA Olga Alonso (1985) graduate, he attends San Alejandro in La Havana, and by means of an unprecedented special permission from Cuba's Ministry of Education -and at their request- he enrolls, at seventeen, as both college student and faculty member at the  Instituto Superior Pedagógico Félix Varela, returning to his hometown of Santa Clara.

As professor from 1989 to 1996, he creates and helms a four-year interdisciplinary conservation commission, ECO Project (1992). From 1993 to 1994 in collaboration with Samuel Feijoo Chair for the Development of Popular Culture, he works towards creating the Samuel Feijoo Center in San Juan de los Yera. 

In 1995 he directs all cultural activities at the Marta Abreu Orphanage in Santa Clara.  In 1996 he develops a theater program in 'Condado' in Santa Clara, one of the most marginal neighborhoods in central Cuba. His thesis, Art and Habitat (1996), addresses scientific research on three endangered species, conceptual sculpture on the human form and behavior, and  arte povera recycled organic waste installations. In 1997 he participates in the project "Art to the mountains" in the Escambray mountain range in central Cuba, painting murals for rural schools while working as an art instructor in remote locations.

Antuán underscores the role of the artist as a social worker. Unremitting, he develops and produces numerous projects, i.e. the architectural design of a giant manatee building structure doubling as a social center, Memories of the 20th Century 1997, a series of sculptures made with concentration camps' forks and spoons in the South of France. 

In 1997,  he studies casting in bronze under the direction of the sculptor Josep Castell in Perpignan. While in the South of France, he works with "Cuba-Francia", a humanitarian project, sending donations from the port of Marseille to Cuba. In 1998, Antuán is commissioned to design and sculpt Cuba's gift for Pope John Paul II.  His minimalist rendering of La Virgen de la Caridad is in the Vatican's permanent collection. 

He is granted a scholarship by Fundación Bancaja in Valencia, Spain. The artist leaves Cuba and migrates to the USA in 1999; his protest through his art, conflictive.  

In 2000, he has his first solo exhibit in the United States: Universal Conscience. In 2001, he is granted another scholarship to master his studies in iron and resin at L'Atelier D'art Ros Mari in Valencia, Spain. From 1998 through 2006 Antuán collaborates with Spain's Fundación Bancaja, in several projects related to cultural, social and ecological development.  Antuán works with the Colegio Mayor of the marginal neighborhood of La Coma in Valencia, Spain, designing projects for cultural and social development.

In 2003 he works with Joaquín García Roca, renowned Spanish writer and sociologist, presenting a series of conferences to sociology students at several universities in Spain, using the arts as a social medium for integration, through art and its teaching, discriminated cultural and ethnic groups, i.e. gypsies. 

From 2003 to 2005 he opens his studio in Miami to the public every Wednesday as an Energy Healing Center in collaboration with other artists. Galeria Argenta presents Antuán's solo exhibit, The Right Eye 2003 in Valencia, Spain.

In 2004, Cuban Artists' Foundation in New York awards Antuán for The Right Eye. In 2004, Florida International University commissions the design of two bronze awards to honor benefactors and professors.

Product of an ongoing online/offline worldwide survey, Left Or Right 2005, positions renowned figures silkscreened on punching bags at commoner's arms length. Hardcore Contemporary Art Space presents Post Human (2005), a solo show in Miami, Florida. Antuán is recipient of The 2006 Great Esplanade International Sculpture Award for his entry, a monumental sculpture, Think Tank.

Universidad de Valencia's ARTE LATEX 2006 critically acclaimed as one of the top ten contemporary European art projects of the year includes Antuán's Testimonios 2006, an installation which documents months of interviewing hundreds of AIDS patients, first in Florida, USA and, while living in La Coma ghetto, in Valencia. He creates  "Premio a la Resistencia" for the social workers of La Coma. Concurrently, Antuán establishes a solid presence in international artfair circuits.

Parallel to Basel 2007, HIDES, a solo exhibit sensibly manuscripts Antuán's ample ecological and humanitarian discourse, one his artwork persistently tackles with a powerful play with the object.

In 2008 he donates artwork to Step by Step Foundation to raise funds for a school in Tipa Tipa, Haiti. In 2010's aftermath of Haiti's earthquake Antuán works as curator and artist in the creation of Base Paint, a utilitarian installation,  novel proposition for tent classrooms for the children of Port-au-Prince. Visionary, the artist's subject matters range -from energy, oil, La Negra 2007 and conservation to Universal Healthcare 2007 and economics, Bailout 2010.