Flavio Garciandia - Looking for Mr Turner, 2018 (detail)

Flavio Garciandia / Flavio Garciandía

August 8, 2013

One of Cuba's leading and most influential artists, Flavio Garciandía is regarded as one of the fathers of Central and South American conceptual art. A key figure on the vibrant Cuban art scene of the late 1970s and 1980s, he is a co-founder of the Havana Biennal.

Born in 1954 in Caibarién, Cuba, Garciandía currently lives and works in Mexico. He has had several gallery and museum exhibitions including, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, Walker Art Center and at the Mai 36 Galerie. Some of his works are a part of the Museo de Bellas Artes collection in Havana, Cuba.

Uniting a range of postmodern styles, from cubism to conceptualism and abstract expressionism, Garciandía's works indirectly adapt and reflect Cuban culture as a fusion of diverse influences and terms of references, but also the history of modern art. He ironically describes his style as New Tropical Abstraction, referencing the meteorological term Tropical Depression, which refers to a group of thunderstorms under a closed cloud cover.

Featured image: Flavio Garciandía - Looking for Mr. Turner, 2018 (detail). Acrylic on canvas. 74 2/5 × 74 3/5 × 1 3/5 in. 189 × 189.5 × 4 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Mai 36 Galerie