ICONS exhibit

Contemporary Cuban Art by


April 11-May 25, 2013

The CUBANS were here!  The CUBANS were here . . . at Bihl Haus Arts!

ICONS Exhibit PatronsABOUT the EXHIBIT: The artworks in ICONS form two bodies of work.  The first, Contraparte/Counterpart, explores “visual duality” through the super-imposition of the symbolic images and iconic paired portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Ché Guevara, two of the most recognized and commercialized faces of the 20th century.  In this work, Adrian fuses the pictorial with the graphic by combining painting and fabric design.  In each pair of paintings, the reverse image of the alternate is embedded on the canvas.

In the second, Diagramas Pictóricos/Pictorial Diagrams, the artist questions the rules of pictorial traditions such as composition and equilibrium.  In them, iconic portraits of Marilyn, Ché, Marx, Mickey Mouse, etc., have been cut up and recombined to create new faces, multiplied images that mimic reality itself.

ABOUT the ARTIST: Adrian Rumbaut will be visiting San Antonio from Cuba during April and May. Adrian’s work was recently featured in the11th Havana Biennial and in Cuban Art Space (NYC).  His work is found among collections in Cuba, the U.S., Germany, Canada, Spain, United Kingdom and Portugal, among other countries, and he is the recipient of several notable prizes and awards. Adrian lives with his wife Liam and their two young daughters, Gemma and Gretta, in Cuba.  In recognition of Adrian’s artistic achievements and value to Cuba, the government recently provided a home for his family in a new development on the outskirts of Cienfuegos.  The development consists of small but durable apartments made completely out of white PVC.

For MORE on Adrian Rumbaut and “Cuban Art World,” click here.

More gallery photos here.

ICONS exhibitICONS was made possible with support from the City of San Antonio Department of Culture and Creative Development; Hotel Havana; Azuca Nuevo Latino Restaurant; Michelle Rumbaut & Dr. Steve White; and Dr. Raphael Guerra & Sandra Castro Guerra.  Bihl Haus Arts is supported in part by grants from the WellMed Charitable Foundation; The Blake, Kimberly, and George Rapier, III Charitable Lead Unitrust; Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation; San Antonio Junior Forum; San Antonio Area Foundation; and Shield-Ayres Foundation; by Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments, where Bihl Haus Arts is located; and from donations by friends like you. Thank you all so much!