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Humberto Castro

Having been born in Cuba in 1957 and having lived there until 1989, it is natural that the central theme of my work would become Man in Distress. Perhaps the French word "détresse" better captures the deeper and broader reverberations of the concept.   Man in Détresse is the fundamental condition of all reflective beings who live and feel the ineluctable and imminent danger and abandonment of life, its haunting miseries, its bedrock loneliness. As a member of the 80's generation in Cuba, and a participant in its innovations and rebellions against authority, I also came to witness the incomparable détresse of libertarian man in the face of the brute power of a state. It is a theme that life itself has imposed on my work as it has evolved through myriad Greek myths of exile and its epics of destitution --lcarus, Odysseus, the Minotaur.

The enormous popularity and ubiquitous presence of these myths and stories in our culture enable me to use them as a common reservoir of symbols.

Humberto Castro

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