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Cuban Art Gina PellónSilence
(El Silencio)

Author: Gina Pellón
Year: 1981
Medium: mixed media on canvas
Size: 63 x 44 inches
Inventory No: 06472
Price: $AVAILABLE $38,000.00

Gina Pellón (1926-2014) is a recognized master who first studied at the San Alejandro Academy in Havana, Cuba, from 1948 to 1954 and later continued her education in Paris where she lived from 1959 till her death in 2014. In Europe, Gina first exhibited with the surrealists and later connected with the avant-garde COBRA group. COBRA was an influential movement which splintered from the André Breton camp and was characterized by free-experimental expression, vibrant coloration and fantastic imagery.

Gina’s career in Europe and the U.S. was very prolific with over forty personal exhibitions and over one hundred group shows. She had two museum retrospectives, dozens of publications related to her artwork and received many distinguished awards. Among the accolades garnered are the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et de Lettres, from the French government and the Cintas Foundation Fellowship, New York, USA. The artwork Silence (1981) was originally exhibited at Gina’s four-artist show at the Galerie Moderne in Denmark, the same year it was executed. In this painting, the artist deconstructs and then reassembles the female form in a spontaneous and anarchic way by placing and displacing elements that are consubstantial to the central figure. Her intention could have been to signal the viewer the internal tension provoked by the self-imposed silence, as expressed through the facial expression and tight lips of the woman. The frustration and anguish of such a condition generates a state of defiance emphasized by a set of big-open lips reappear on the lower right-hand side of the composition reinforcing Gina’s attitude toward the unjust. Gina’s unbridled feminism wins the day.

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