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Manuel López Oliva. The masks of life

Manuel López Oliva. The masks of life

To approach Manuel López Oliva is to meet with a living heritage of plastic arts in Cuba. He is a philologist, plastic artist, journalist, art critic and founder of everything that carries an artistic mark. His work covers innumerable exhibitions in Austria, Brazil, Switzerland and other countries.

He has been painting in his house-gallery, located in Leonor Pérez and Habana streets, since 2009, the year in which Havana´s historian, Eusebio Leal Spengler brought him to those headquarters. His masks, with a refined technique of acrylic on canvas, reveals sensual aesthetic paradises, provided with formal, chromatic, ideographic and textural intensity. Today, he confesses that his work could not be called avant-garde or impressionist: it is simply his work, his style.


Manuel López Oliva junto a su catálogo y la revista Arte por Excelencias con una obra suya de portada.


Arte por Excelencias approached the artist, who is also one of his assiduous collaborators. His piece Never more decorates the front page of our magazine´s issue 35. We went to see him for details of the presentation of his next catalog, Pintura y performance, by Collage Ediciones, of the Fondo Cubano de Bienes Culturales (Cuban Fund of Cultural Assets,) which will be presented by Jorge Fernández, director of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts.)

Pintura y performance emerged as a result of the exhibition Mímesis in 2012 and includes published excerpts from Cuban and North American authors Nelson Herrera Ysla, Hortensia Montero, Lillian Guerra, Rufo Caballero, Donna Gold, Jorge Bermúdez, Kirenia Rodríguez-Puerto, Carina Pino Santos, Virginia Alberdi and Deney Terry. Works done from 2000 to 2017 were chosen, although some of previous years were also included.