Famed Cuban painter Antonia Eiriz is the subject of a lifetime retrospective now on view at Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art + Design in the historic Freedom Tower.
“Antonia Eiriz: A Painter and Her Audience” traces the career of Eiriz, who developed a highly personal style as a painter, boldly addressing themes such as the machinations of power, propaganda and human suffering in a manner suffused with wry metaphors, irony and dark humor. Her work was admired by and highly influential to a generation of Cuban artists in the 1960s, and she left a profound personal imprint on her many students in Cuba.
Born in Havana in 1929, she died in Miami in 1995.
Her works are related to parallel developments in painting by American and European artists who explored surrogate motifs for the human figure such as Philip Guston and John Walker. The intensity of the surfaces she crafted provides an analog for human physical and emotional suffering, as in works by contemporaries Leon Golub and Nancy Spero.
The exhibit includes works by contemporary Cuban and Cuban-American artists whose remembrances and influences of Eiriz testify to the continued relevance of her contributions as a painter. Among these are works by Luisa Basnuevo, Jose Adriano Buergo, Ana Albertina Delgado, Nereida Garcia-Ferraz, Glexis Novoa, Ana Mendieta, Sandra Ramos, Gladys Triana, and Tomas Sanchez.
The exhibition will be on view through November 17, 2013. Admission is free.
Info: MDC Museum of Art + Design. Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College. 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-237-7700.