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LOLÓ SOLDEVILLA, RAQUEL LÁZARO and LOURDES GÓMEZ FRANCA: Selection of works from 100 Years of Creations by 20 Women Artists (1922 to 2022)
 
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    Two brilliantly colored works by Loló Soldevilla placed beneath the staircase and by the entrance.





    LOLÓ SOLDEVILLA

    Born in Havana, Cuba, in 1901, the painter, sculptor, and collage artist Dolores "Loló" Soldevilla was a visual artist known for her geometric abstract paintings, sculptures, and mixed media panels, and as a pioneering contributor to the concrete art movement.

    In 1957, already established as an international art figure, Soldevilla and her husband, fellow artist Pedro de Oraá, opened the influential gallery Galeria Color-Luz. The venue focused on the burgeoning concrete abstract art movement and primarily showcased the Ten Concrete Painters (Los Diez), a collective founded in part by Soldevilla which included other important figureheads of abstraction such as Pedro de Oraá, Mario Carreńo, José Míjares, Luís Martínez Pedro, and Rafael Soriano, among others.

    Loló and Los Diez took an introspective approach to their artistic production, focusing on forms and color to leave interpretation to the viewer. In spite of purposefully creating art with no symbolic basis or connection to the real world, Los Diez articulated a new visual language for a country undergoing radical social changes. The short-lived Galeria Color-Luz dissolved in 1961 after only three formal exhibitions, but left a profound impact on the global abstract movement.

    Loló Soldevilla passed away in 1971. Her colorful, curious compositions have been included in many major retrospectives of the movement since her passing, including América Fría: La Abstracción Geometrica at the Fundación Juan March in Madid, Spain, 2011, and the blockbuster exhibition Concrete Cuba at the David Zwirner Gallery in London in 2015, and later at the David Zwirner Gallery New York location in 2016.



    Cuban Art
    Loló Soldevilla (1901 – 1971)
    Untitled (Abstraction)
    (Sin Título (Abstracción)), 1956
    mixed media on board
    11 x 14 inches





    Cuban Art
    Loló Soldevilla (1901 – 1971)
    Whirlwind
    (Remolino), ca. 1969
    mixed media on board laid down on canvas
    25 1/2 x 39 1/4 inches





    RAQUEL LÁZARO



    Raquel Lázaro was born in Havana in 1917. She studied at the San Alejandro Academy briefly, but felt stifled by the affect her academic training was having on her intuitive processes. Lázaro left art school to enroll at the University of Havana, where she earned a doctorate in pedagogy. In 1959, Lázaro fled to Miami and enrolled in the art department of Biscayne College. It was there where she flourished both as an artist and an arts teacher.

    Lázaro’s primary preoccupations were with color and form. Her works often focus on organic, imaginary vessels and fish, executed with a precise and light line. Her works have been compared to the work of Angel Acosta León, Paul Klee, and Marc Chagall. Lázaro exhibited in collective exhibitions in Havana, as well as in group shows in Miami throughout the 1970’s and 80’s. In 1978, a number of works by the artist were exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art of Latin America in Washington D.C. She is included in two important publications on Cuban art-- José Gómez-Sicre's Art of Cuba in Exile, published in 1989, and also in Outside Cuba: Contemporary Cuban Visual Artists/ Fuera de Cuba, Artistas Cubanos Contemporaneo, published in 1989 by Rutgers University. Lázaro died in Miami in 2020, at the age of 102.





    Cuban Art
    Two magnificent artworks, one by Raquel Lázaro and the other by Lourdes Gómez Franca placed above the elevator in the second floor.





    LOURDES GÓMEZ FRANCA



    The painter and poet Lourdes Gómez Franca was born to a prominent family in Havana in 1933. She displayed an aptitude for arts from an early age. At the age of 20, she began her formal studies in painting at the San Alejandro Academy, and by the 1950’s had cultivated a critically lauded style. In 1957, Gómez-Franca had her first of two solo shows Havana’s Lyceum. Later that year, at the age of 24, she traveled to Paris and studied painting under Andre Lhote and engraving under Stanley Hayter. Upon returning to Cuba, her work was the subject of a second solo show at Havana’s Lyceum in the year 1960.

    Later that same year, Gómez Franca permanently relocated to Miami, Florida. The artist became established in the Coral Gables and Coconut Grove communities, exhibiting frequently with fellow exiled artists such as Dionisio Perkins and Miguel Jorge. In 1971, she had a solo show at the American Art Institute in Miami, her first one-person exhibition in the United States. Five years later, in 1976, the Bacardí Gallery in Miami presented her second solo exhibition, and in 1981, the Interamericas Art Gallery in Coral Gables presented her third American solo show, Lourdes Gomez Franca. In addition to painting, the artist published four collections of poetry between 1964 and 1993.

    Stylistically, Lourdes Gómez Franca was distinguished by her dynamic contrasts of colors, subtle impasto, and bold, fauvist line work. The artist concerned herself with spiritual, nostalgic, and personal themes, expressed through renderings of landscapes, portraits, still-lifes, and interiors. Lourdes Gómez Franca passed away in Miami in 2018. Her work is included in the University of Miami's Lowe Art Museum and in many private collections throughout South Florida.





    Cuban Art
    Raquel Lázaro (1917 – 2020)
    Two Fish/The Vessel
    (Dos Peces/ La Nave), 1980
    gouache and ink on paper
    23 x 28 ˝ inches





    Cuban Art
    Lourdes Gómez Franca (1901 – 1971)
    Face and Cross
    (Cara y Cruz), 1976
    oil on canvas
    40 x 30 inches





     
     
     
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