Carlos Gamez de Francisco

Artist Statement

I was born in Holguin, Cuba in 1987. I attended one of the best fine arts schools, Raul Gomez Garcia, for three years. Then I attended a visual arts school, Jose Marti, for two years. I subsequently studied privately. I now live in Louisville, Kentucky where I have exhibited often.

Due to my formal training by master painter and Cuban artist Cosme Proenza, I have a comprehensive knowledge of visual arts, dance, music, wardrobe, as well as performance arts. All of these disciplines have helped define me as an artist, contributing largely to my vision.

As an artist, my concept is fundamentally the representation of enigmatic characters that create conflicts and complex situations in human beings' lives. I am not only recreating interpersonal relations. I am also representing social and historical issues which affect humans' reactions because of their social, economic, geographic, and political environment. 

In my work, the background-figure relationship is crucial. Inspired by the rules of the Renaissance portrait and traditional Asian painting, I focus on complex character relationships where the simple background acts as an echo of their inner universe.

My interests are broad. They revolve around stereotypical human behavior that arouses in me an almost morbid curiosity. My figures, which seem to escape the laws of reason and of physics, are human alter egos. Usually friendly egos, however, ultimately monsters in the end. I try to demystify the reality around me through my work.

Bio

Carlos Gamez de Francisco was born in 1987 in Holguin, Cuba and now lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.  As a fine artist, film-maker, fashion designer, and illustrator of books, he has received numerous awards including the SAIC Distinguished Scholarship; SAIC Grants; the Kurtich Travel Scholarship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 2015 to 2016; the Ox Bow Merit Scholarship at Ox Bow School of Art in 2016; the Key to the City of Louisville by Mayor Greg Fischer in 2012; and the “Dreammakers” Artist in Residence at Muhammad Ali Center in 2009. He has had solo shows at 21c Museum, Bentonville, AR; Tinney Contemporary, Nashville; TN, Hardcore Art Contemporary Space, Miami, FL; 21c Museum, Louisville, KY; Muhammad Ali Museum, Louisville, KY; and the Colonial Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba. As well he has exhibited extensively, nationally and in Cuba, France, Luxembourg, and Spain. Gamez de Francisco is represented in the collection of the 21c Museum, Louisville, KY; the Fashion Resource Center at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; the Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center, Miami, FL; the Louisville Metro Hall, Louisville, KY; and the Polanco Collection, Havana, Cuba. Gamez de Francisco´s works are also in private collections in the United States, Spain, Luxembourg, Italy, Argentina, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Mexico.

Solo Exhibitions

2014 "Troubling Beauty: Myth and Metaphor in Contemporary Costume Drama". 21c Museum, Louisville, KY.

2014 "Size Matters". The Green Building Gallery, Louisville, KY.

2014 "Wardrobe". McGrath Gallery, Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY.

2014 "Cactus Petals, Fluctuating Asymmetry, and Crimes of Passion". Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN.

2013 "Petalos de Cactus, Fluctuaciones Asimetricas, y Crimen Pasional". Visual Art Association, Holguín, Cuba.

2012 "Radical Genealogy: The Decline of Dauphins, Courtesans and Hounds". Hardcore Art Contemporary Space, Miami, FL.

2012 "Trio". Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.

2012 "Black Portraits of Pomegranate Eaters". Swanson Contemporary, Louisville, KY.

2011 "Cuban Now" 21C Museum, Louisville, KY.

2011 "Typical Artemis, Straight, Conservative...".Gallery M, Mellwood Art Center, Louisville, KY.

2010 "The Last Words of Louis XVI" Muhammad Ali Museum, Louisville, KY.

2010 "The Last Words of Louis XVI" Spot 5 Gallery, Louisville, KY.

2009 "Fungus for Parry-Rombeg". Bar Mercantil, Inca City, Balearic Islands. Spain.

2009 "Fungus for Parry-Rombeg". Les Arts Gallery, Balearic Islands. Spain.

2008 "The Last Little Vincent and Jean Puy". Colonial Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba.

2007 "Unknown Title". Casa de la Ciudad, Santa Clara, Cuba.

2007 "Made at Home". Chinese Colony Gallery, Holguín, Cuba.

2007 "Made at Home". Visual Art Association, Holguín, Cuba.

2006 "The Hole of the Mirror". Hotel Pernik Gallery, Holguín, Cuba.

2006 "The Hole of the Mirror". Iberoamérican House, Holguín, Cuba.

2004 Academic Drawings. Fine Arts Instructors School, Holguín, Cuba.

Group Exhibitions

2014 "Latin Views 2014". Alexey Von Schlippe Gallery, Groton, Connecticut.

2014 "Talented People". Pianos & Kelly, Niederanven, Luxembourg.

2014 "Miami New Media Festival 2014". The Chill Concept. Miami, FL.

2014  Art Hamptons, NY, Glenn Aber Contemporary

2014 "Open Studio Weekend Exhibition". The Cressman Center for Visual Arts, Louisville, KY.

2014 "Rock Paper Scissors". Miller Gallery. Cincinnati, OH.

2014  Art Palm Beach, FL, Glenn Aber Contemporary

2014 "Analogy". Zephyr Gallery. Louisville. KY

2014 "Celebration of Spirit and Success". Plaza Hotel. Louisville. KY

2014 "Romance". Miller Gallery. Cincinnati, OH.

2014 "Pyro Gallery 10th Anniversary Show". Louisville, KY.

2014 "Weloveart IV". Kaempff Kohler, Niederanven, Luxembourg.

2014 "Figurative". Miller Gallery. Cincinnati, OH.

2013 "Private Showing". Larry Shapin Residence, Louisville, KY

2013 "NSHMBA Louisville Fundraising & Awards Gala". NSHMBA, Louisville, KY.

2013 "Transformistas". The Green Building, Louisville, KY.

2013 "Dis-semblance: Projecting and Perceiving Identity". 21c Museum, Cincinnati, OH.

2013 "Open Studio Weekend Exhibition". The Cressman Center for Visual Arts, Louisville, KY.

2013 "Salon de la UNEAC". Fausto Gallery, UNEAC. Holguín, Cuba.

2013 "By the Numbers". Public, Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, KY.

2013 "The Striped Show". Weber Gallery, Louisville, KY.

2013 "Imagine" Art Auction St. Francis High School, Louisville, KY.

2013 "Acuarelas III". Lombillo Palace, Havana, Cuba.

2013 "Cortezas de la Isla". Iberoamérican House, Holguín, Cuba.

2012 Scope -Art Basel, Miami, Hardcore Art Contemporary Space.

2012 "Painted Portraits: City/ Self., Carnegie Center for Art & History, New Albany, IN.

2012 "Latin Views". Alexey Von Schlippe Gallery, Groton, Connecticut.

2012 "Imagine" Art Auction St. Francis High School, Louisville, KY.

2011 "Small Packages 17". Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN .

2011 "Mada New Media Festival'11". Hardcore Art Contemporary Space, Miami, FL.

2011 "Contemporary Realism". Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.

2011 "Acuerelas II". Lombillo Palace, Havana, Cuba.

2011 Motherlodge PopUp Gallery Opening, Louisville, KY.

2011 "Cuban Art Show" Graciela Perrone Gallery, Louisville, KY.

2011 "Water Tower Regional" Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, KY. 

2011 "Imagine" Art Auction St. Francis High School, Louisville, KY.

2010 "Fronteras Desdibujadas" Periquera Colonial Museum, Holguin, Cuba.

2010 "Art Auction Exhibition" Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, KY. 

2010 Motherlodge PopUp Gallery Opening, Louisville, KY. 

2010  "EKLEKTICITY." George Rodez Gallery, Miami, FL.

2010 "Afinidades y aproximaciones". Hotel Pernik Gallery, Holguin, Cuba.

2010 "III Salon de Arte Religioso".  Fausto Gallery, UNEAC. Holguin, Cuba.

2010 "Mujeres de la Alhambra". Graciela Perrone Art Gallery. Louisville, KY.

2010 "Local Portraits". ART227 Gallery, Louisville, KY.

2009 "Drove my wife crazy".  Pyro Gallery, Louisville, KY.

 2009 "Feed the Hungry, Heal the Heart".  Pyro Gallery, Louisville, KY.

 2009 "Art from the Hearts of Pyro". The Weber Gallery, Louisville, KY.

 2009 "The Late Seating".  Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY.

 2008 XXII Provincial Visual Art Exhibition. Visual Art Association, Holguin, Cuba.

2008 "Cuban Artists". Rome, Italy.

2008 "Exhibition of Humor".  Visual Art Association, Holguín, Cuba.

2008 "Dachshund, a Legend".  Humboldt professorship, University of Havana, Havana, Cuba

2008 "Report, Image and Possibility". Visual Art Association, Holguín, Cuba.

2008 XXII City Exhibition. Visual Art Association, Holguín, Cuba.

2007 "XV Salon Iberoamericano". Electra Arenal Gallery, Holguín, Cuba.

2007 XXI Visual Art Exhibition. Visual Art Association, Holguín, Cuba.

2007 Photography Exhibition. Visual Art Association, Holguín, Cuba.

2007 "Dance's mask". Visual Art Association, Holguín, Cuba.

2007 VIII Municipal Fine Arts Exhibition, Visual Art Association, Holguín, Cuba.

2007 XXI City Exhibition. Visual Art Association, Holguín, Cuba.

2006 V Illustrated Poetry. Visual Art Association, Holguín, Cuba.

2006 "Contempt". Visual Art Association, Holguín, Cuba.

2006 "The thesis of the antithesis". Visual Art Association, Holguín, Cuba.

2006 XX Provincial Exhibition of Visual Arts. Holguín, Cuba.

2006 Photography Exhibition. Visual Art Association, Holguín, Cuba.

2006 III Provincial Visual Art Beginner's Encounter Exhibit, Holguín, Cuba.

2004 Group Exhibition. Social Workers School Gallery, Holguín, Cuba.

2004 Students Exhibition, José Marti Fine Arts Instructors School. Holguin, Cuba.