The Cuban artist Michel Perez Pollo is best known for abstract-figurative works that appear childlike and naive, but are meant to avoid faithful accuracy in favor of a universal expression.
Born in 1981 in Manzanillo, Perez Pollo currently lives and works in Havana. He graduated from the Higher Art Institute (ISA, by its Spanish acronym), Havana in 2007. He has exhibited worldwide, including institutions such as Siegfried Contemporary, London, UK, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Habana, Cuba, Centro Hispanoamericano de Cultura. La Habana, Cuba, Central Track, Dallas, USA, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Gran Canaria. Spain, Galerie Knoerle & Baettig, Winterthur, Switzerland, Pasinger Fabrik, Munich, Germany, Servando Gallery, Havana, Cuba, Tomás y Valiente Art Center, Madrid, Spain, and Contemporary Art Center Pasinger Fabrik bei Muenchen, Germany.
His paintings are characterized by bold, often lavish in his application of the fluid paint and imbued with messages, evoking revolutionary murals. Focusing on the superordinate, the human-personal, his works seem like expressions of a new humanism. He often reinterprets the concept of "tropical depression", an actual meteorological term for a dismal weather situation in the Caribbean, providing a positive attitude, with personal gravity and self-assertion.
Featured image: Michel Pérez Pollo - Sin titulo, 2018 (detail). Oil on canvas. 98 2/5 × 141 7/10 in. 250 × 360 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Mai 36 Galerie