JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY is pleased to announce, The Parade Ends, the debut solo exhibition of Cuban born artist Piki Mendizabal. Presently working in New Orleans, Louisiana the artist has created a series of new paintings that reflect on the life he once lived in Cuba, memories of which have become melded with his current life in New Orleans. We see evidence of this coexistence in his paintings of people on streetcars, in which he links his memories of the daily rhythm of life in Cuba with a setting that the people of New Orleans are intimately familiar. Piki's approach to this series of work was also influenced, in great part, by the essays of Cuban poet, Reinaldo Arenas whose writings were largely autobiographical and inspired by his experience of life in exile after the Cuban Revolution. Where Arenas uses words, Piki uses oil on canvas to paint a portrait of life in Cuba as experienced by a young man on the ground, in the crowd, amongst the people. Time, distance, and the fallacy of memory all work together in Piki's paintings to blur the distinction between reality and imagination, creating a powerful reflection on the universality of the human experience. The exhibition will be on view from 28 January through 13 March 2020 with an opening reception coinciding with the Arts District of New Orleans' (ADNO) First Saturday Gallery Openings on Saturday, 1 February from 6-9 pm. The artist says of his work... The title of this exhibition was taken from a poem of the same name "The Parade Ends" by Cuban writer and poet Reinaldo Arenas. The exhibition centers around the human drama of life: to be born, to live, to love, and to die. Using vehicles of transportation as a stage, the characters meet in a constant state of struggle. My Cuban heritage and the fact that I live far from my birth country compels me to focus specifically on all of the human drama that transpires in the daily rhythm of life in Cuba. I rely on a range of dark colors in order to achieve greater contrasts of light and, at the same time, to create greater drama within the figures.
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