José Manuel Mesías was born in 1990 in Havana, Cuba, and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro in 2009. 

José Manuel Mesías uses his immediate environment as a source of inspiration both in terms of subject, concept and material matter. His work finds its roots in the history and contemporary context of Cuba. Mesías takes notable moments from history and re-contextualises them, combining them with contemporary moments and more intimate occurrences. José Manuel Mesías believes that his large-format paintings exude a silence and mystery that envelopes viewers. On the contrary his expressionistic portraits and small creations vibrate with rich textures, spontaneity and rhythmic poetry. Mesías aims to capture urban beauty and simultaneous deterioration in his works; he seeks to portray the same anxiety and marvel he experiences through his everyday life and that, he argues, the world provokes in equal amounts. 

José Manuel Mesías has exhibited widely across the US, Europe and South America. He is currently working as a teaching assitant at the globally renowned Secondary art school, San Alejandro la Academia de Bellas Artes in Havana. 

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