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Enigmatic Signs | Guido Llinás
Paintings & Watercolors | June, 2004


“Pintura negra”
Oil on canvas


Enigmatic Signs: Guido Llinás

By Edwuard J. Sullivan

The history of twentieth century Cuban art has been dominated by research and criticism of three phases: modernism (Wifredo Lam, Amelia Peláez and their contemporaries), the Generation of the 1980s and contemporary artistic projects. Those interested in developments in Cuban art are inevitably gratified by such critical attention. Throughout the twentieth and into the present century Cuban art has played a central role in the international discourse of aesthetic evolution in the western hemisphere. In speaking of the formation of modern Cuban art we must engage both with work produced by artists living on the island as well as that done abroad. Since the beginning of the Revolution and the start of several waves of large-scale emigration to places such as Miami, New York, Madrid and other sites, the Cuban diaspora inevitably has come to constitute an important element in the definition of Cuban creativity.

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Guido Llinás

Pinar del Río, Cuba, 1923

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