VIREDO Abstract Works and the Face of Music At Exhibit-Up Gallery and Showcase, Tustin, California

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We are very pleased to announce the latest exhibition of a very talented Cuban artist, Viredo.

Exhibit-up Gallery is proud to present: Viredo’s “Abstract Works and the Face of Music”, on view from May 6 th to June 15th, 2005.

Viredo is one of only three living members of “The Eleven,” a group of Cuban abstract expressionists that made their mark in mid-1950s Havana. Viredo’s paintings carry the elements of a storyteller (sometimes derivative of Picasso’s Guernica) and of an identity rooted in particular circumstances: the colorful people of his childhood with their African roots, political upheaval and eventual move away from his homeland and the theatricality of his adopted city, Los Angeles, home of movie stars and make-believe.

In writing about Viredo, Raul Fernandez, Curator of the Smithsonian Exhibit Latin Jazz the Perfect Combinations stated:

“Viredo's work makes an especially significant contribution to the tradition of Cuban music-focused iconography. In paintings and woodcuts, 19th century Cuban artists provided us with glimpses into the roots of what were to become emblematic 20th century dances and music styles. Viredo's representation of some of those 20th century forms is appealing and valuable, and sustains an honored tradition in Cuban painting.”

The inspiration for much of Viredo’s work comes from the Afro-Cuban culture of his childhood in Regla. Viredo has often stated that he’s no expert on Afro-Cuban culture, but just a witness to what he experienced as a young man. “In my art,” he states, “I try to communicate my amazement at the diversity of humankind that I see around me. Sometimes I try to show the relationship between music and the visual arts. Other times I try to pay homage to the great artists of the past. I always return to the rich canvas of my childhood where so many elements blended together in so many colors and sounds.”

The Exhibit-up Gallery invites you to meet this great artist in person during the Artist Reception on Friday May 6 th, 2005 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. It will be an unforgettable experience to meet one of the three living artists from the original “Grupo los Once”, a group of talented artists who first came together over 50 years ago. The gallery is located at 13011 Newport Ave., Space 206, in the city of Tustin, California.

For additional information please visit http://www.viredo.com/viredo or call the gallery at: 714-731-2369. High resolution digital images of his works are available upon request For a personal interview with the artist or if you’d like to extend an invitation to exhibit his work, please call Mariano Sanchez at Beard Publishing, Inc., in Santa Ana, California 800.400.2990.

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