Carlos Gamez de Francisco is a Cuban-American contemporary painter and fine art photographer based in Prospect, KY. Born in post-revolutionary Cuba, he was educated in an academic style heavily influenced by the Russian Academy, with this frame of reference being evident in all of his work. Exposed to the influence of the figurative arts by the presence of the Russian Academy, he accepted it as a dogma, as well as the censorship of contemporary art and the limited access to information. Having understood that de-contextualizing epochs and artistic symbols is the tool he could use to establish a connection between the present and the past, de Francisco started creating works that provide an escape from reality and create an illusory world. “I am more interested in altering history than depicting it accurately.”
Featured image: Carlos Gamez de Francisco - The
Art of Staring into Space II, 2019 (detail). Acrylic on Canvas. 40 × 27 in.
101.6 × 68.6 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Isabella Garrucho Fine