Consuelo Castañeda Castellanos at the Galería Orígenes

Consuelo Castañeda Castellanos at the Galería Orígenes

One of Cuba's most renowned artists, Consuelo Casteñada presents her solo exhibit at the beautiful Galería Orígenes. The gallery, forming part of the stunning Gran Teatro, benefits from high ceilings, ornate decor, marble floors and neo-baroque detailing.

Consuelo Casteñada is one of the most important artists of her generation. Born in Havana in 1959, Casteñada went on to study at both San Alejandro and el Instituto Superior de Artes, graduating amongst one of the first classes in 1982. Casteñada lives and works in Miami, she has held solo shows across the US and Cuba over the last 30 years and has shown in collective shows across the world, the most recent being at the Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea in Milan, as part of the show Cuba. Tatuare la Storia.

Cateñeda’s work has traditionally focused on a depiction of cultural codes she has carefully selected to best represent her living and working environment. Casteñada enjoys playing both curator and artist in her shows, curating objects to sound out her voice, critique and judgment on everyday happenings. Her shows play with changing the context in which we view what we dismiss so flippantly on a day-to-day basis. Through this, the artist comments on the process traditionally associated to artistic production, the ephemeral nature of objects, the lasting memory produced through documentation, questions surrounding originality, and much more.

Although considered an artist that deals with the conflict between conceptual and constructivist art, Casteñeda’s work has been described as being post post-modern. Influenced deeply by Pop Art, Casteñeda’s work crosses over cultural barriers, artistic movements and a range of ages.  Casteñeda, links her works back to her artistically formative years studying in Cuba. Whilst discussing ideas of originality explored in the artist’s work, she states that her fascination comes from the fact that whilst studying art in Cuba, almost all the works studied are reproductions of masterpieces.

Casteñeda’s works produce a socio-political commentary on each stage of her life, seen through wallpaper art, installation art, delicate drawings or photographic documentation. Her solo exhibition at the Galería Orígenes is not to be missed. 

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