Life Streams: Alberto Rey's Cuban and American Art (SUNY Series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture)

"Life Streams" explores the work, movies, sculptures, and installations of Alberto Rey, an artist whose paintings addresses problems with identification, cultural variety, environmental experiences, and international sustainability. As a Cuban-born artist residing in western ny kingdom, Rey s present paintings emphasizes his involvement together with his neighborhood and its neighborhood panorama, specially its trout streams and their surrounding setting. via Rey s travels from his domestic within the upstate big apple village of Fredonia to the Caribbean, Latin the United States, Europe, and to nearly each nation within the usa, he has won an figuring out of individuals, areas, vegetation, and fauna.
This booklet presents biographical information regarding Rey and a contextual learn of his paintings. The participants have written approximately Rey s paintings from views in line with cultural experiences, identification stories, literary reports, and philosophical experiences. curiosity in his Cuban and American identities are associated with his curiosity in worldwide tradition and his fresh research of fish species and environmental matters. As such, this e-book displays present techniques that attention cognizance on hooked up cultural matters and modern matters in regards to the setting, conservation, recovery, and maintenance. Rey s paintings offers a brand new standpoint on those themes as he combines paintings with activism on an area, local, nationwide, and foreign level."

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A few of his work grew to become a part of the collections of the Albright-Knox Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Bronx Museum of artwork. In 1994, he obtained the William T. Hagan younger Scholar/Artist Award from SUNY, Fredonia, for exclusive scholarly and inventive job, and the Minority traveling student Award from crucial Missouri country collage. In 1996, he was once promoted to Professor of portray. concurrently, his mom and dad retired to Miami/Perrine, and he and Janeil begun a sequence of annual visits to work out them. within the related 12 months, Rey accredited an extra place because the director/curator of the Chautauqua heart of the visible Arts on the Chautauqua establishment in Chautauqua, ny. Rey’s travels persevered and he lower back to Europe and to Mexico, the place he exhibited on the Nina Menocal Gallery in Mexico urban. At this aspect, Rey was once stated as a global Cuban American artist of contrast in the modern paintings global established on Latin American and Latino artists. From his domestic base in Fredonia and his expert association with SUNY Fredonia, Rey reached out to develop into a part of the worldwide panorama of up to date artists identified for his or her paintings on problems with identification, cultural multiplicity, and the exploration of various ethnicity. He had tested himself during this international as an artist of vital prestige, represented and exhibited by way of the Galería Emilio Navarro in Madrid, Spain, and Miami, Florida. but, Rey by no means rested; he persevered to be efficient, and the hot emphasis he used to be putting on his Cuban id manifested in new sequence of works. The huge scale of the Icon sequence emboldened Rey to offer greater shape to his renditions of previous photos of Cuba’s panorama, and in 1996 he started to paintings at the Appropriated thoughts sequence (1996–1997), of which Appropriated thoughts: Viñales, Cuba (fig. eight) is an instance. 10 In Appropriated stories, Rey focused on Cuba because the geography and topography of an island (instead of on its historical past, humans, and towns) and started to color Cuban landscapes according to outdated black-and-white pictures. via portray the land, Rey kept away from Cuban politics, and he pursued his visible exploration of a Cuba he had by no means noticeable, filtered via time and the medium of images. Rey additionally felt extra hooked up to Cuba as he painted its visual appeal, which used to be an act of production, and he felt attached to different Cuban painters who had painted a similar or comparable landscapes. In fixing the classy and technical matters created through those work, Rey felt that he walked a similar creative and conceptual territory with Cuban artists who had long gone earlier than him and who had confronted an identical demanding situations. but, even supposing those landscapes have been emotionally charged for Rey, he maintained a distance by means of now not attractive with present occasions in Cuba or with fresh Cuban background. In 1980, Rey’s grandmother, Mercedes Rey, left Cuba in a raft that capsized, and she or he used to be between those that drowned in this occasion. Enrique Rey, Rey’s grandfather, died in 1986.

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