Havana, b.1971

Damian Aquiles

Damian Aquiles’ work ranges from painting to installation to metalwork; he carefully selects and utilizes found materials such as discarded paint cans and scrap metals from his native Cuba and transforms them into stunning masterpieces. Aquiles chooses to work with used materials for the concentrated energy that emanates from them – by recycling these materials, he uses their previous life, energy and history to tell his own story.

Damian Aquiles was born in 1971 in Havana, Cuba, where he continues to live and work. He graduated from the School of Graphic Design in Havana and attended the Art Academy of San Alejandro. In 1997 he traveled to the United States as one of a handful of artists granted a visa at the time. In 1999 he returned to Cuba to...

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Biography

Damian Aquiles’ work ranges from painting to installation to metalwork; he carefully selects and utilizes found materials such as discarded paint cans and scrap metals from his native Cuba and transforms them into stunning masterpieces. Aquiles chooses to work with used materials for the concentrated energy that emanates from them – by recycling these materials, he uses their previous life, energy and history to tell his own story.

Damian Aquiles was born in 1971 in Havana, Cuba, where he continues to live and work. He graduated from the School of Graphic Design in Havana and attended the Art Academy of San Alejandro. In 1997 he traveled to the United States as one of a handful of artists granted a visa at the time. In 1999 he returned to Cuba to work full-time as an artist. His work, which ranges from painting to installation, often includes found materials. In 2003 Aquiles was an artist-in-residence at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center. In 2007, he participated in Tulane University’s artist residency as the first international artist included in the program. Since 2000 his work has been featured in a number of exhibitions in the US and Europe, and included in the 2012 Havana Biennial.

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Art of the 2010s / Contemporary Cuban Art / Contemporary South American Art / Cuba / Cuban Art / Everyday Objects / Found Objects / Havana / Installation / Latin American Art and Culture / Metal / Metaphysics / Mobile / National History / Painting / Recycled Materials / Sculpture / South American Art / Symbolic Objects

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1996

    San Alejandro Academy of Art, Cuba

  • 1992

    Graduate of the Graphic Design Institute, Havana

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Alquimista, The Highline Loft, New York

  • 2007

    Se Escribe Come Se Vive, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

  • 2006

    Building My Silence, Habana Biennale, Havana

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017

    The Future Moves Slow, Artists Mind, West Hollywood, CA

  • 2016

    Four Cuban Artists, Ille Arts, Amagansett, NY

  • 2012

    2012 Havana Biennial, Havana

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Education

  • 1996

    San Alejandro Academy of Art, Cuba

  • 1992

    Graduate of the Graphic Design Institute, Havana

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Alquimista, The Highline Loft, New York

  • 2007

    Se Escribe Come Se Vive, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

  • 2006

    Building My Silence, Habana Biennale, Havana

  • 2005

    After Time, Arts District, San Francisco, CA

  • Lost and Found, Heidi Cho Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2000

    I>The Rupture of Fragmentation, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017

    The Future Moves Slow, Artists Mind, West Hollywood, CA

  • 2016

    Four Cuban Artists, Ille Arts, Amagansett, NY

  • 2012

    2012 Havana Biennial, Havana