Composed of 24 paintings on canvas, mostly large format, last September 14 in Detroit, the most populous city of the State of Michigan, E.U- the OPEN SCENE exhibition of the famous Cuban visual artist Manuel López Oliva was inaugurated.
This artistic event, which currently occupies one of the two galleries of the multicultural N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, was conceived during the last Biennial of Havana, at the invitation of the owner of the before mentioned entity, to finally achieve its strenuous realization at this time . Collectors, art lovers and the public in general of that North American region will be able to establish an imaginative dialogue with the creations of López Oliva until January 5, 2019.
The N'Namdi Center is considered the first place within the circuit of galleries of that city of the North of the United States. Its curatorial vocation admits the diverse constructive criteria, syntactic approaches and language experiments, where perceptions and contemporary problems generate authentic and somewhat unprecedented realizations in his spirit and semantic unfolding. With López Oliva and his aesthetic credo, this space for exhibitions and debates places Cuban Art - as it had previously done with the work of Manuel Mendive - among the sets of national expression of this "world-other" where material poverty and structural underdevelopment do not stop the formation of valuable imaginary "avant-garde".
Although the artist could not be present at the opening of his exhibition, due to the current visa complications for the US, which involved traveling to Mexican before, he will soon be going to Detroit with his Professional Assistant Deney Terry Lorenzo, to participate in workshops, conferences and guided visits, which will not only be propitious occasions to reveal clues of his style, but also to bring to light essential truths of Cuban culture.
As explained by Deney Terry in the project destined to be exhibited at the N'Namdi Center, the pictorial sum of López Oliva sowed there presents three fundamental sub-themes: the mask as a manifestation of the human condition; the theatrical understood as a daily ceremony; and the pictorial tattoo in function of code or text of the rituality. Each of the works that visualize the way of being and feel of this critic and essayist of our country, can be understood as polysemous and free will scenes opene to many sensitivities.