Contemporary Cuban Art

Renowned Cuban Artist Alejandro Mazon Joins The Cuban Art Project

Posted by Leticia del Monte on October 12, 2011 · Leave a Comment (Edit)

ALEJANDRO MAZON

Artist Statement

Alejandro Mazon was born in Havana, Cuba on May 25th 1962. With parents from Galicia and Santander, he was raised with a strong Spanish identity, and a passion for Cuban culture. In 1970 his family left Cuba and lived in Madrid until 1974, when they finally settled in the United States.

A Search for Faith ©2011 Alejandro Mazon

By his own account, Mazon was not a particularly good student, and his only interests were art, photography and literature. In 1980 after graduating from High School he attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City, with a scholarship based solely on his talent. His work caught the attention of Cuban master Juan Gonzalez (1942 – 1993). Gonzalez became his mentor, and began tutoring him both privately and at the School of Visual Arts where he was a teacher. For the next four years Juan Gonzalez became a strong philosophical influence in his approach to the creative process.

From 1984 to 1990 Mazon did not produce work, yet nurtured friendship s with painters, writers and performers in New York’s underground art scene. It was not until the summer of 1990 that Mazon began to paint once again, shortly after the news that his closest friend was diagnosed as HIV +.

The Widsdom of the Windmills ©2011 Alejandro Mazon

By November 1991 Mazon had his first exhibition at one of Miami’s premier galleries, launching a career that has continued to the present day. He now paints out of his studio in Riverdale, and has recently established a second studio deep in the Catskills Mountains in upstate New York where he spends much of his time.

Alejandro Mazon exhibits his works constantly, and has become part of several museum and private collections throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe.

Solo Exhibitions

2010 – Red Dot Art Fair Skylight Building, New York City, NY

2009 – “The Wisdom of the Windmills”, George Billis Gallery New York, NY

New works on mixed media

2008 – Art Now Art Fair Claremont Hotel, Miami Beach Fl.

Red Dot Art Fair New York City, NY.

“ Paintings from the last days of Eden” Joan Hentschel Gallery, Des Moines IA.

2007 – New Works on Vintage wallpapers George Billis Gallery, New York, NY.

Arte Americas Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Fl.

“ Entre Carne y Espiritu” Aurora Public Art Commission, Aurora Ill.

2006 – Sabbatical

2005 – “Fever Dreams” George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles Ca.

Arte Americas Coconut Grove Convention Center,

Coconut Grove Fl.

2004 – New Works on Vintage wallpapers George Billis Gallery, New York NY

Art Miami Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Fl.

Arte Americas Coconut Grove Convention Center, Coconut Grove Fl.

2003 – Works on Paper George Billis Gallery, New York NY

Art Miami Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Fl.

2002 – New Paintings George Billis Gallery, New York NY

2001 – “Orchids and other Monsters” Galeria Borinken, New Paltz NY

2000 – “Directions to my House” Galeria Borinken, New Paltz NY

1999 – Sabbatical

1998 – “Riverdale Skies” Handsel Gallery, Santa Fe NM

“At the Center of the Universe” Faulty Beagle Gallery, Kunkletown Pa.

1997 – “Ghosts and Memories” Virginia Miller Gallery, Coral Gables Fl.

“Carnival” Faulty Beagle Gallery, Kunkletown Pa.

“Heaven & Hell :

Images between two gardens” Faulty Beagle Gallery, Kunkletown Pa.

1995 – “Ancient Echoes” Chetwynd Stapylton Gallery, Portland Or.

1994 – “The Spirit and the  Flesh, a walk through the Tarot” Virginia Miller Gallery, Coral Gables Fl.

1993 – “Icons for an Age of Consent” Chetwyn Stapylton Gallery, Portland Or.

1996 – “Walking in Dorothy’s Shoes” Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco Ca.

 SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS :

2011–  Sur Real 511 Gallery and Projects, New York, NY

2010 – Narrative Possibilities” Carr Gallery/Willards Art Center. Idaho Falls, Idaho

“Pura Cuba” QbaVa Gallery, Jersey City, NJ.

“La Virgen de Todos” QbaVa Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

2009 –  Arte Ahora River North Gallery District, Chicago Ill.

“Exploring Latino Identities”   West Chicago City Museum, Chicago Ill.

“Metropolitan Memories” The Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Brennan Gallery.  Jersey City, NJ.

2008 – “The Art of Buying Art” Aldo Castillo Gallery, Chicago Ill.

2004 – Inaugural exhibition George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles Ca.

2003 – “Round” George Billis Gallery, New York NY.

2001 – The Object as Art Bender Fine Arts, Atlanta Ga.

2000 – “Sassy, Sexy, Sordid, Surreal” Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles Ca.

“Three Horizons” Bender Fine Arts, Atlanta Ga.

“The Surrealist Evolution” Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York NY.

1999 – “Reconceptualization of a Vision” Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York NY

“Image of Latin America” ( I & II ) Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York NY

“Dia de los Muertos” Carmen Lewellyn Gallery, New Orleans, La.

“Shared Sensibilities” Bender Fine Arts, Atlanta Ga.

Gallery Artists Galeria Borinken, New Paltz NY.

1998 – Latin American Art in the 90s’ St. John’s University, Long Island City NY.

“Three Latin Americans” Galeria Borinken, New Paltz NY

“Outlook ’98” Pelham Art Center, Pelham NY

“New Space, New Art” Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco Ca.

“Sacred Spaces” Handsel Gallery, Santa Fe NM.

Texas National Exhibition SFA Gallery, Nacogdoches TX

“Window to the Strange” Chetwynd Stapylton Gallery, Portland

1997 – “Crossing Borders” Chetwynd Stapylton Gallery, Portland OR.

Art America Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami FL.

Emerging Art Handsel Gallery, Santa Fe NM.

Art in Latin America Nassau County Museum of Art, Nassau County NY.

“Dead Nature” Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco CA.

“For the Birds” Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco CA.

1996 – Director’s Choice ( I & II ) Virginia Miller Gallery, Coral Gables FL.

Art Miami Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami FL.

1995 – Latin American visions :

Works by emerging young artists. Thomas Center Gallery, Jacksonville FL.

Art Miami Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami FL.

1994 – “The Narrative Edge” Pelham Art Center, Pelham NY

1993 – Latin American Selections Virginia Miller Gallery, Coral Gables FL.

1992 – New Surrealism Virginia Miller Gallery, Coral Gables FL.

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY

Austin Museum of Fine Arts, Laguna Gloria TX

The Robert Gumbiner Foundation / Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach CA.

Bass Museum of Art, Miami FL.

Southern  Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto PA

Dr. and Mrs. Arturo Mosquera Collection, Miami FL.

The Burning Orphanage ©2011 Alejandro Mazon

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS :

2007 – Art in America

2005 – Art Nexus

2004 – The New Yorker Magazine

American Airlines on board NEXOS Magazine

2003 – Art Nexus

Aventura en Espanol Magazine

2002 – Art & Auction

Time Out NY

Art Nexus

Casa y Estilo International Magazine

Arte y Parte Magazine ( European publication)

2001 – Arts & Antiques Magazine

2000 – Art Calendar Magazine

North East Art & Auction Magazine

1999 – Art in America

1998 – New York Times

Art Now Magazine

Gallery Guide ( South-Western Edition)

Indulgence & Entertainment Magazine ( California )

New Art International Magazine

1996 – Town & Country Magazine

Haute Décor Magazine

Bay Area Reporter ( San Francisco CA )

Hot Wired Internet Magazine

1994 – New York Times

Art Nexus Magazine

Morning Call ( Pennsylvania )

The Pocono Post ( Pennsylvania )

1993 – Lear’s magazine

Miami Today ( Florida )

The Oregonian ( Oregon )

1992 – Miami Today ( Florida )

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