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Cofrin Gallery

Bulla Cubana

Cinco Cuban Naïf Artists

March 11 - April 12, 2019

Traveling from Cuba, Nancy Reyes, Sandra Dooley, Guillermo Estrada, Frank Hart and Roberto Gil will be exhibiting their Naïf work at the Cofrin Gallery at Oak Hall School, starting on March 11 continuing through April 12. Scarce resources in Cuba cause artists to use their creativity to master their crafts. By using fabric and buttons, Susan Dooley creates paintings depicting moments shared between family and friends, while Frank Hart uses wood and structural pieces to create the Cuban flag. Experience the bright, bold and colorful art of Nancy Reyes and Roberto Gil, and the moving paintings of Guillermo Estrada.

Join artists Nancy Reyes, Sandra Dooley, Guillermo Estrada, Frank Hart and Roberto Gil at the Cofrin Gallery at Oak Hall School on

March 22 from 7 – 9 pm for an Opening Reception.

Please note the gallery will be closed from April 1 – 5 for spring break.


ARTIST BIOS:
Nancy Reyes: Returning to Gainesville, Reyes exhibited her colorful and energetic work at the inaugural Bulla Cubana and at multiple Downtown Art Festivals. Reyes’s art captures your eye immediately as the color, textures, figures and life explodes from the canvas. Her signature bold figures, animals and landscapes are inspired by Cuban life and spirit. Often using non-traditional mediums like ballet shoes, Reyes art is uniquely beautiful.

Sandra Dooley: A self-taught artist, Sandra Dooley began to paint at 36. Her paintings reflect the intimate moments in Cuban daily life that center on family friends, pets and even fantasy scenes. Her compositions, influenced by great 20th century artists, often feature women distinguished by their thoughtful and reflective expressions.

Dooley has also explored mixed media techniques using upcycled materials. Recycling old materials is essential in Cuba; Dooley grew up watching her mother and grandmother bring new life to used objects by adding recycled elements. Using the memories of mother and grandmother as inspiration, Dooley has created collages that incorporate recycled fabric, burlap sequins, lace, buttons to add texture and oil paint to create bright splashes of color.

Dooley has been exhibiting her works since 2000, in Cuba, Canada, Germany and the United States.

(Biography courtesy of International Folk Art Alliance)

Frank Hart: Born in Havana in 1983, Hart studied at the school of craftsmanship and restoration “Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos.” Later, under Leandro Soto’s tutoring Hart developed a career in the visual arts. Hart has participated in multiple events, exhibitions, projects, and publications in Cuba and Latin America. His work is centered on the Cuban flag in all its artistic and conceptual dimensions.

Solo Shows: Rest. Chuchuchu, Havana, 2017/Rest. Mango, Havana, 2017

Group Shows: DESTELLOS, Casa del ALBA, Havana, 2018/DENTAL-ART IV, Clinica Cira Garcia, Havana, 2018/CAFE XX, Errol Barrol Center for Creative Imagination, Universidad de las Indias Occidentales, Barbados, 2017/Yescafe, Galeria Café, Havana, 2017.

DENTAL-ART VIII, Clinica Cira Garcia, Havana,2017.

CAFE XIX, Errol Barrol Center for Creative Imagination, Universidad de las Indias Occidentales, Barbados, 2016.

Publications: La Jiribilla Magazine, OnCuba Magazine, MINCULT website, Casa del ALBA website, VoyageMIA magazine

Roberto Gil: Roberto’s painting always tell a story, and he often uses the reflection of stained glass to symbolize a new way of seeing the world. The rainbow colors are much like a prism, filled with possibility and beauty. Many of his paintings incorporate large eyes as a symbol of people looking to see what is next, what the future holds. Roberto’s goal is to stay fresh and young through his art. He uses art to express his own personal reflections, passions and feelings about the people in his life. Family life remains the most important element of his paintings, and his scenes are filled with the family animals, dogs, cats and of course, the family rooster.

Guillermo Estrada: Guillermo Estrada Viera is a independent self-taught Cuban artist. Most of the work of this painter, engraver and sculptor is based on the work on the memory, identity and nationality of Cubans. It also reflects, from a point of view mainly personal and close, the events of the island in recent decades. To shape his own language, Guillermo uses elements that are part of the iconography and everyday reality of island Cubans. The use of ration cards as one of the main supports of a large part of his engraving and installation work, as well as the imagery represented in his pieces, are shown as elements that identify and particularize Cubans in any part of the world. However, the themes and concerns that Guillermo portrays in his works are not exclusive to the Cuban reality, but we can find them in any of us: family, love, fears, coexistence. From his unique vision and language, Guillermo Estrada gives us his own reality and experience and allows us to connect with it naturally.