By : Eagle Latitudes
The famous pop artist Andy Warhol once concluded, "They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." It seems that the painter Jesús Echevarria may have taken this truism to heart. Instead of adhering to the conventional path of gradual progress that occurs in an artist's work over time, one fine day about three years ago Echevarria decided to make an about-face after years of working in realism, according to South Art Gallery Director, Carly Aguilera. This unexpected shift in his work brought about the exciting tropically themed, surrealistically inspired paintings that he produces today.
Because of his Cuban heritage, nostalgic Caribbean imagery and an island-inspired palette have found their way onto Echevarria's canvases. These include the defiantly regal roosters that herald the beginning of the day in his version of the island's countryside, and the voluptuous, yet melancholy, young women who inhabit the very same rural environs. These are not languid or carefree pastoral themes; they are vibrant, dynamic and pensive works with a rich subtext that is informed by the artist's life, sensibility and extensive professional training.
Echevarria first studied art at the San Alejandro School of Art in Havana, Cuba and later attended the Escuela Provincial de Artes Plásticas in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. He frequently participates in gallery exhibitions and prominent art festivals and has received numerous awards, including quite a few national awards while he resided in Cuba. Presently, Echevarria makes his home in Miami, where he's garnered the Artist's Merit Award at the South Miami Arts Festival, although he still exhibits abroad and has been honored with the Mejor Obra de la Exposición (Best Exposition Work) award at the Artistas Latinoamericanos exhibition in Barcelona, Spain.
Discerning art collectors from Miami to Spain, Boston to Italy and Beverly Hills to Brazil have discovered Echevarria's unmistakable talent and keep his pieces in their private collections—among the cognoscenti are international singing superstar Julio Iglesias and red-hot Latin music producer Rudy Pérez. On your next visit to Miami you can check out his exceptional work for yourself at South Art Gallery, located at 2000 Ponce De Leon Blvd., 5th Floor, in the suburb of Coral Gables. Call 305-421-6346 for more information.
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