done in 2008
medium- acrylic, charcoal, and material (wood particles, and moulding paste) on canvas.
size -60" x 40"
This is a wonderful example of Enmanuel's increasing command of the canvas medium. His texture, composition, symbology, and technical mastery continue to improve. This is his latest work, and though his imagery leans toward the abstract, he has hinted that these paintings are representative of feminine, divine beings of a benevolent, and supportive nature. There is great power in these paintings, and the imagery seems to be blended with the abstract, tropical landscape quality he has become known for. Though there are hints of where Enmanuel's points of inspiration come from, the iconography he has developed is entirely his own. You may consult his bio for more details. There are several more paintings from this series available. Please inquire.
Enmanuel's work was prominently featured in the 4th season of the Fox Television's show "Prison Break". It was used to decorate the loft space in the show, and his work can be seen in a number of episodes.
The origins of his iconography are in the early work of Wifredo Lam. One can see elements that are a reminder of this great artist's work. Though Enmanuel has used these elements as a point of inspiration, he has succeeded in making the work entirely his own. He has focused on Lam's early jungle work as a jumping off point, to create a body of symbols, and a language that depicts a reverence for Mother Nature, and his work has a power and intensity that is rarely found in contemporary art. We at MLA search for contemporary artists that have both conceptual genius, and technical mastery. A combination of qualities rarely found today, but present in abundance in the work of this brilliant artist. Enmanuel was selected to create two huge murals in Cuba. One is a 40 ft. mural at the Railway Station in Santiago, and the other is a 30 ft. mural in the lobby of the Melia Cohiba, which is the top hotel in Eastern Cuba. These are both extremely prestigious projects, and have placed this great artist in an important historical context.
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It is not by chance that I make a reference of Amelia Peláez as a component of Raúl Enmanuel Pozo’s work. The same should be applied also to Wifredo Lam with whom this painter maintains close affinities. In spite the fact that Pozo’s process of maturity had manage to elaborate a language of his own, his work obeys a tradition that cannot be discarded. In that sense his paintings represent icons that renders homage (consciously or unconscious- ly) to a past that remains in many ways alive in Cuban art. Raul Enmanuel Pozo’s icons originate as images that arise from a past that is being brought to a modern scenario. I refer to a cultural history that saw its first lights in Cuba during the nineteenth century until the present time, passing through the great moment of the vanguard during the first decades of the twentieth century. Raúl Enmanuel Pozo is the actor of an intense artistic process that has witnessed numerous ramifications inside and outside Cuba, since the advent of the revolution in 1959.
Let’s enter then, into the world of this painter taking into consideration two concurring points of his work: form and color. Form in the first place gives us the opportunity to recognize different aspects of his pictorial imagination.
One of these forms suggests the structures of Cubism, reminding us of ancient dolmens whose volumes weigh as sculptures inside his paintings. There is a tendency in some of his paintings to create sculptural elements such as in “Silla de Otra Forma” (2004) or in “El Reposo” (2004). Both of these paintings executed in mixed media, offer us the opportunity to disco- ver his concern with an expression that reaches its peak in the art of Wifredo Lam. In this sense, his debt with the richness of Lam’s world is unquestiona- ble. Every artist is always in the process of assimilation of other legacies, and Raúl Enmanuel Pozo is not the exception to the rule. The question resides though, in how and also through what means an artist incorporates the discoveries of the other, transfiguring it in one of his or her own. In Pozo’s case I believe that his strategies of assimilation are the result of an acculturation of the different elements that eventually he will place at the disposal of his work.
If the dolmens are an essential part of his paintings, other forms tend to be converted in totems, as the artist identifies them in paintings such as “To- tem Simbólico”. The totem is one of the most rich and complex manifesta- tions of the so called primitive cultures. The surrealists and along with them Wifredo Lam, felt attracted by the presence of these objects with their carved images representing the history of their clans. On the other hand, from Sigmund Freud to Claude Levi-Strauss, the totem has been the subject of studies of different nature that eventually helped to enrich the poetical arsenal of numerous artists. Whether or not Raúl Enmanuel Pozo has read these authors, is beside the point, since their findings are “in the air” ready to be aspired by any sensitive spirit. On the other hand, it is quite possible that he could be familiar with the writings of the great Cuban ethnologist Fernando Ortiz, who wrote an important monograph on Wifredo Lam.
Another important element in the art of this painter is the use he makes of the mask. Masks are an essential component of modern art. As is well known, the cubists adopted it in opposition to the classical models of Grece and Rome. The surrealists also adopted the masks but with the purpose of discovering in them a magical/poetical force. The presence of the masks in some of the avant garde painters in Cuba such as René Portocarrero or Wifredo Lam, was more inclined towards the surrealist quest. Raúl Enma- nuel Pozo instead, attempts to realize a synthesis between both tendencies.
Some biographical info on Enmanuel is as follows:
RAUL ENMANUEL POZO - BIOGRAPHY
Born in San Luis, Santiago, Cuba, 1958
1980-1985 Higher Institute of Art “CUBANACAN”, Havana, Cuba
1976-1980 National School of Art “CUBANACAN”, Havana, Cuba
1973- 1976 School for Plastic Arts Jose Joaquin Tejada, Santiago de Cuba
2004 – La locomotora de mi papa, Canvas Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2002 – Buscando Caminos, Galeria Juan Marinillo, Institute for the Friendship
with People, Havana, Cuba
2000 – Mi Tiempo Vegetal, Casa de Teatro, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
1999 – Mi Tiempo Vegetal, Casa de Arte, Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican
1999 – Acrilicos sobre Telas, Galeria Oriente, Santiago, Cuba
1994 – Galeria Coral, Santa Fe de Bogota, Colombia
1993 – Tropico, Center of Applied Studies, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
1991 – Amuletos Recuerdo de mis abuelos, Galeria Oriente, Santiago, Cuba
1989 - Dibujos sobre Cartulinas, Galeria Cine Cuba, Santiago, Cuba
1988 – Dibujos sobre Cartulinas, Festival of Cuban Culture, Burdeo, France
1987 – 2nd annual Festival of Cuban Culture, Havana, Cuba
1987 – Apuntes para un Proyecto, Galeria de Arte Universal, Manzanillo, Cuba
1986 – De lo Nuestro La Vegetacion, Galeria de Arte Universal, Santiago, Cuba
1985 – Muntu, Galeria Galeano, Havana, Cuba
Participated in over 50 group shows in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Colombia,
Portugal, France, and the United States.
2008 – The Americas Collection – Coral Gables, Florida
2008 – Featured artist - Spring Brewery Artwalk, MLA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2008 – Spring Brewery Artwalk, LS Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2007 – Fall Brewery Artwalk, MLA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007 – Outstanding new contemporary artists, LS Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2007 – Elements of Abstraction, Gallery on State, Santa Barbara, CA
2006 – Brewery Artwalk, MLA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2005 – Crosscurrents, Soho Gallery, Studio City, CA
2005 – Contemporary Visions, Audis Husar Fine Art, Beverly Hills, CA
2005 – Brewery Artwalk, MLA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2004 – Tropical Profundo, MLA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2004 – Brewery Artwalk, MLA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003 - Brewery Artwalk, MLA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003 - Cuban Artists, Gallery Nader, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2002 – Brewery Artwalk, MLA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2002 – Cuban Painters, Naipe Museum, Havana, Cuba
2001 – Cuban Artists, Gallery Nader, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2000 – Four Abstract Painters, Galeria San Ignacio, Havana, Cuba
2000 - Participant in the 7th Havana Biennial
1999 - End of the Century Hall, Emilio Bacardi Museum, Santiago, Cuba
1999 - Serigraphy Workshop, Taller Rene Portocarrero, Havana, Cuba
1999 - Cuban Painters, Museum of the Americas, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1998 - Galeria de Arte Universal, Santiago, Cuba
1998 - Galeria Oriente, Santiago, Cuba
1997 - Salon de 30 de Noviembre, Santiago, Cuba
1996 - The Gallery of the Hotel Melia Cohiba, Santiago, Cuba
1995 - House of Culture Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
1994 - Art Center Gallery, Nelva, Colombia
1994 – Five Cuban Painters, Viva del Arte Galeria, Bogota, Colombia
1993 - Four Cuban Painters, Art Gallery of the Dominican Institute of Applied
Studies ( IDEA), Santo Domingo, D.R.
1990 – Contemporary Painting, Center for Dominican Architecture, Santo
Domingo, Dominican Republic
1988 – Cuban Painters, Centro de Arte 501, San Francisco
1988 - Cultural Assets Hall Fund, Santiago, Cuba
1987 - Salon 30 de Noviembre, Santiago, Cuba
1987 - Galeria de Arte Universal, Santiago, Cuba
1986 - Seven Cuban Painters, Gallery of the House of Culture, Havana, Cuba
1986 - Participant in the 2nd Havana Biennial
1985 - Students Hall of the Hermanos Sainz Brigade, Galerie Oriente, Santiago,
1984 – Students Hall, Higher Institute of Art, Cubanacan, Havana, Cuba
1984 - Participant in the 1st Havana Biennial – A Tribute to the Triumph of the
Cuban Revolution, Lobby of the Carl Marx Theatre, Havana, Cuba
Restaurant of Melia Cohiba Hotel, Santiago, Cuba
Railway Terminal, Santiago, Cuba
Executive Airport, Santiago, Cuba
1999 - National Prize of Serigraphy, Workshop “Rene Portocarrero”
1998 - Cuban Cultural Assets Fund, 1st prize for painting
1998 - Salon Fin de Siglo, National Union of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC)
1997 - Honorable mention – Emilio Bacardi Museum, Santiago, Cuba
1997 - First Prize, Acquisition for Permanent Collection, Emilio Bacardi Museum,
1989 - National Award for the Painting on Canvas, TELARTE Vll, Cultural assets
of Cuba Fund
1987 - Honorable mention, Painting, City Hall, Santiago, Cuba
1986 – 1st Prize for the Carnival Poster, San Luis, Santiago, Cuba
1985 - Honorable mention, Students Hall of the Hermanos Sainz Brigade,
Galeria Oriente, Santiago, Cuba
1984 – 1st Prize for the Carnival Poster, San Luis, Santiago, Cuba
1998 - Shield of Villa de San Luis de las Enramadas, Santiago, Cuba
1997 – Official Key of the Cultural Assets of Cuba Fund, Santiago, Cuba
Member of UNEAC (National Union of Cuban Writers and Artists)
Member of the International Association of Plastic Artists
His works can be found in many permanent and private collections.
Emilio Bacardi Museum, Santiago, Cuba
Museo Polivalente, Santiago, Cuba
Center of Art Ceballo Estrella, Santiago, Cuba
MLA Gallery Collection, Los Angeles, CA
Banco de Reservas, Santo Domingo, D.R.
In addition to many private collections throughout Cuba, the Dominican Republic,
Colombia, Mexico, Jamaica Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, and the United States,
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