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Arturo Cuenca
www.sicardi.com 05/27/2004
Arturo Cuenca-Curriculum
Wendy Watriss, Curator

Born in Holguín, Cuba in 1955.
Lives and Works in New York City since 1991.
Although working from a basis of photo documentation, Arturo Cuenca approaches photography as “para-consciousness,” creating an internal vision(s) from exterior ‘realities’ or what the eye sees. Cuenca is interested in ideas and the process of visualization. Just as he plays with the experience of ‘seeing’, Cuenca plays with language, making text and letters an inherent part of his work. His work is layered with fragments of time and the experience of trans-migration from Havana, Cuba to New York. But his connections with the past are far less direct or personal than those of Eduardo Muñoz. It is the present, in fact, and the powerful ‘grounding’ of New York that Cuenca articulates in this work.
Trained as a painter, Cuenca creates each work as a “unique”object. He is working almost entirely with the computer now. Personal exhibitions have included Arturo Cuenca: A Decade of Photography in New York and Martí-Martir II in Mexico City.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2002 “Arturo Cuenca: a Decade of Transition” PSCA. New York, New York.
“New Work City” ( utopYssey ) Generous Miracles Gallery, New York, New York.
2001 ”New Work City” Aroca Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida.
2000 ”New Work” Ambrosino Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida. ”Nostalgia Recovered” (Digital Work) “La Mirada” Gallery, California.
”New Work” Galeria Antonio de Barnola, Barcelona, Spain.
”utopYssey ” Galeria Brito Cimino, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
1998 ”The Promised Man” Emilio Navarro Gallery, Miami, Florida.
1995 “Sharing Roots: Cuenca and Gory”, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Arturo Cuenca: “ Modernbund”,Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard Collegue, New York.
“Arturo Cuenca:”Practical Aesthetic”, Gutierrez Fine Arts, Miami, Florida.
1994 “Homenaje a José Martí”, (“In Homage to José Martí”), Casa de la Cultura de Tlaxcala, Mexico City, Mexico.
1993 “Arturo Cuenca: A Decade of Photographs: 1983-1993”, INTAR Latin American Gallery, New York, New York.
“FIN”, (“The End”) Galería Nina Menocal, Mexico City, Mexico.
1992 “Arturo Cuenca”, M. Gutierrez Fine Arts, Miami, Florida.
“Martí-r” (Martí-Martyr), Galería Ramis F. Barquet, Monterrey, Mexico.
1991 “Selected Works of Arturo Cuenca”, Cuban Museum of Art and Culture, Miami, Florida.
“Modernbundo” (“Modernagony” or the agony of modernity), Galería de Arte Mexicano (GAM), Mexico City, Mexico.
“Arturo Cuenca: Colección de obras” (Collection of Works), Galería Kin, Mexico City, Mexico.
1989 “Hombre recostado piensa”150 años de la fotografía en México “Reclined Man:Think” 150 Years of Photography in México, Gallery of the National Auditorium Mexico City, Mexico.
“Castillo de la Real Fuerza: Ciencia e Ideologia” (“Royal Force Castle: Science & Ideologie”.) Museum of Royal Force Castle, Havana, Cuba.
1988 “Arturo Cuenca:How Cuban is it?” Lieberman & Saul Gallery, New York, New York.
1987 “Estética práctica” (Practical Aesthetics), Centro Provincial de Artes Plásticas y Diseño, Havana, Cuba.
1986 “Estética de la moda” (Fashion Aesthetics), II Biennial of Havana, Havana, Cuba.
“Hombre recostado piensa” (“Reclined Man Thinks”), Art Space, Rotterdam, Holland, the Netherlands.
1983 “Espectador” (Spectator), National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba.
“Imagen” (Image), Centro de Arte 23 y 12, Havana, Cuba.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2003 Arturo Cuenca & Eduardo Muñoz, Curated by Wendy Watriss, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, Texas.
2001 “IN-SITE 2000” San Diego- Tijuana , USA- Mexico.
”Miami Art Fair” Miami Beach, Florida.
”Cuban Allure” Colorado Art Gallery, Boulder, Colorado.
“Armory Show” New York Art Fair, New York.
2000 ”IN-SITE 2000 “ San Diego- Tijuana USA- Mexico. ”Cuban Allure:Photography, Film and Video”, Charlotte, North Carolina.
“Miami Art Fair” Miami Beach, Florida.
“Cuban-American Art 2000” Art in the Embassies Program. United States Interests Section, Havana, Cuba.
1999 ”ARCO 98” Galeria Nina Menocal, Madrid Spain.
”Art Chicago ‘98” Galeria Nina Menocal, Chicago.
”San Francisco Art Fair ‘98” Galeria Nina Menocal,San Francisco, California.
“CUBAON: 11 Conceptual Photographers” Generous Miracles Gallery, New York, New York.
1997 “Summer Group Show “ 123 Watts Gallery, Tribeca, New York.
“Contemporary Latin American Art”. From the Ulla and Greger Olsson Art Collection, Kulturcentrum I Ronneby, Sweden.
“Art Vancouver ‘97” Galeria Nina Menocal Vancouver, Canada
“Art Chicago ‘97” Galeria Nina Menocal, Chicago, Illinois.
“American Voices” Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
“One Remove” The Photography in contemporary Cuban Art, West Gallery, State University, Fullerton, California.
1996 “V International Contemporary Art Fair Guadalajara ´96” Galería Nina Menocal, Guadalajara, Mexico.
“Fotoseptiembre ´96”, Galería Nina Menocal, Mexico City, Mexico.
“Reality Bite: realism in contemporary art”, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City.
Private viewing for the International Council of the MOMA, NY, Mexico.
“Nuevo Arte de Cuba y México”, joint exhibition David Floria Gallery & Galería Nina Menocal, Aspen, Colorado.
1995 “IV International Contemporary Art Fair Guadalajara ‘95”, Guadalajara, Mexico.
“No soy de aquí” (I am not from here), Rubén Gallo Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.
“Cuba: la isla posible” (Cuba: the Possible Island), Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
1994 “American Voices: Contemporary Latino/Hispanic/Chicano Photography in the USA”, Fotofest International of Houston, Houston, Texas.
“Digital Imagery” (Five Cuban American Artists/Photographers), Fotoseptiembre 1994, Galería Nina Menocal, Mexico City, Mexico.
“III International Contemporary Art Fair Guadalajara ‘94”, Guadalajara, Mexico.
“Heroes of Cuban Kitsch”, Ponton Gallery, Cologne, Germany.
1993 “II International Contemporary Art Fair Guadalajara ‘93”, Guadalajara, Mexico.
“4 Cubans Today”, Iturralde Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
“Art Miami’93”, Nina Menocal Gallery, Miami Beach, Florida.
1992 “Los cubanos llegaron ya (II)” (The Cubans Are Coming II), Nina Menocal Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.
“Absolut Freedom” (Absolut Cuenca/Absolut Vodka Publicity Campaign), Fredrik Snitzer Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida.
“José Bedia, Arturo Cuenca, Italo Scanga”, Porter Randall Gallery, La Lloya C.A.
First International Contemporary Art Fair Guadalajara’ 92” Galería Nina Menocal, Mexico.
1991 “5 Artistas cubanos” (15 Cuban Artists), Ninart Cultural Center, Mexico .
“Los cubanos llegaron ya” (Cubans are Coming), Ninart, Cultural Center, Mexico City, Mexico.
1990 “Los cubanos llegaron ya” (Cubans are Coming), Ninart, Cultural Center, Mexico City, Mexico.
1988 “Signs of Transition: 80's Art from Cuba”, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Hispánico (MOCHA), New York.
1987 “Encuentro grabado ‘87” (Engraving Encounter ‘87), National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba.
Bienal Premio Jaume Guasch (Jaume Guasch Prize Biennial), Barcelona, Spain.
1986 II Bienal de la Habana (II Havana Biennial), National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba.
“L’Arte con il Soriso”, Milano, Venice, Regio Emilia, Turin, Genova and Rome, Italy.
“Estética de la Moda” (Fashion Aesthetics), II Biennial of Havana, National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba.
1985 Salón UNEAC, National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba.
1984 I Bienal de La Habana (I Havana Biennial), National Museum of Fine Arte Havana, Havana, Cuba.
“Cuban: A View From Inside”, Center of Cuban Studies, New York, New York.
“Fotografía cubana” (Cuban Photography), The Regent Street Gallery, London, England.
“Young Painting”, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
1983 “Paisaje del paisaje” (Landscape of the Landscape), Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Checoslovakia, India and Sri Lanka.
“III Iberia-American Biennial of Ar”t, Carrillo Gil Contemporary Art Museum, Mexico City, Mexico.
“Jóvenes artistas latinoamericanos” (Young Latin American Artists), Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba.
1982 “Premio de fotografía cubana” (Cuban Photography Price), Galería 23 y M, Havana, Cuba.
“El paisaje en la pintura contemporánea” (Landscape in Contemporary Painting), III Bienal Iberoamericana de Arte: Carrillo Gil Contemporary Art Museum, Mexico City, Mexico.
1981 “Retrospectiva de jóvenes pintores” (Young Painters’ Retrospective), Lalo Carrazco Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
1980 XI Biennial of Paris, Paris, France.

Awards

1992 Cintas Foundation Fellowship, New York, New York.
1988 Premio Salón de la Ciudad ‘88, (City Salon Prize), Centro Provincial de Artes Plásticas y Diseño, Havana, Cuba.
1987 Premio Encuentro de Grabado ‘87 (Engraving Encounter Prize), Havana, Cuba. Premio Concurso “13 de Marzo” (March 13th Prize), Havana University, Havana, Cuba.
1985 Premio Salón UNEAC, Havana, Cuba.
1982 Primer Premio, Salón Paisaje '82 (First Prize Landscape Salon ‘82), National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba.

Commissions

Absolut Cuenca. Absolut Vodka Publicity, Campaign, Carrillon Importers LTD,Teaneck, N.J.

Collections

National Museum of Fine Arts Permanent Collection, Havana
Fototeca de Cuba, Havana
Fondo Cubano de Bienes Culturales, Havana
Center of Cuban Studies, New York
Museum of Modern Art, Caracas
Cuban Museum of Art and Culture, Miami
Cintas Foundation, New York
Art Space, Rotterdam
Galería Nina Menocal, Mexico City
Fundación Metronom, Barcelona
Fundación Siglo XXI, Mexico City
Galería Ramis F. Barquet, Monterrey
Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Center of Curatorial Studies, Bard College New York
Sophie de Galbrt, Paris France
Edouard de Carmignac, Paris France
Didier Peronnin, Paris France
MegaCable Collection, Mexico City
 
 
 
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