Havana, b.1966

Carlos Quintana

Carlos Quintana (b. 1966, Cuba), who lives and works in Havana and Miami, makes feverish paintings, narratives, some with ghostly figures, others with a rabbit or horses, or a woman in an old-world gown and parasol. Everything is open to him through his restless paintings. The work has echoes of Goya and El Greco, but these are more sun-drenched and equatorial. One thinks also of Gauguin.

What is he trying to tell us? Some works feel as though they might be political, but for Carlos this isn’t intentional. It would be over-reading to suggest a dissatisfaction with Havana. Mostly he loves it though more and more he has need to travel and paint elsewhere.

There is a solitary rabbit on view currently in his major solo exhibition in Venice. A...

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Biography

Carlos Quintana (b. 1966, Cuba), who lives and works in Havana and Miami, makes feverish paintings, narratives, some with ghostly figures, others with a rabbit or horses, or a woman in an old-world gown and parasol. Everything is open to him through his restless paintings. The work has echoes of Goya and El Greco, but these are more sun-drenched and equatorial. One thinks also of Gauguin.

What is he trying to tell us? Some works feel as though they might be political, but for Carlos this isn’t intentional. It would be over-reading to suggest a dissatisfaction with Havana. Mostly he loves it though more and more he has need to travel and paint elsewhere.

There is a solitary rabbit on view currently in his major solo exhibition in Venice. A banner with the rabbit painting hangs outside the elegant 16th century palazzo near the Accademia. Inside the painting is high up in a room with polished wood floors and antique furniture. The rabbit is an observer, whimsically watching all entering. He’s a bit time-worn but has accumulated knowledge that comes with hard-won experience.

Carlos Quintana has had scores of one-person exhibits but most in Havana and Miami. He had two shows at Robert Miller Gallery, New York, and several in Europe including the present one in Venice.

Artworks

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the big falling in the historia. caballo chino. chinese horse., 2019

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Abstract and Figurative / Animals/Birds / Art of the 2010s / Bright Colors / Canvas / Contemporary Cuban Art / Contemporary South American Art / Cuban Art / Dense Composition / Fairytale Imagery / Figuration / Figurative Painting / Inspired by Folk Tales / Myths / Latin American Art and Culture / Learning from Different Cultures / Multidisciplinary Approach / Oil on Canvas / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Reality and Fantasy/Illusion/Imagination / Rough and Brave Brushstrokes / South American Art

Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    MARC STRAUS, New York, NY

  • Carlos Quintana: In Finito, Palazzo Loredan, Instituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venice, Italy

  • 2018

    Contemplation, Galerie ArteMorfosis, Zurich, Switzerland

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Cubans: Post Truth, Plessure, and Pain. Dry., Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC

  • 2017

    RQR (Renoma, Quintana, & Rottenberg), FAC, Havana, Cuba

  • Overseas: Cuba and the Bahamas, FINE 14, Leipzig, Germany

Collections

  • Berardo Museum, Lisbon, Portugal

  • Shelley & Donald Rubin Collection, New York, USA

  • Farber Collection, New York, USA

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Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    MARC STRAUS, New York, NY

  • Carlos Quintana: In Finito, Palazzo Loredan, Instituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venice, Italy

  • 2018

    Contemplation, Galerie ArteMorfosis, Zurich, Switzerland

  • Quintana Abstract, Great Theatre of Havana, Origins Gallery, Havana, Cuba

  • 2017

    Magnan Metz Gallery, New York

  • 2016

    Carlos Quintana: 50 Times, Havana Gallery, Havana, Cuba

  • Save A Lot, Artis Gallery 718, Havana Cuba

  • Single Piece, Gorría Gallery, Havana, Cuba

  • 2015

    Storage of Antiques, XII Biennial of Havana, Havana, Cuba

  • Black Tears, XII Biennial of Havana, Havana, Cuba

  • National Arts Club New York, New York

  • 2014

    Apochrypha, Ministry of Finance Museum, Mexico City, Mexico

  • Glass World, Rum Museum, Havana, Cuba

  • Liburu Irekia, KUR Gallery, San Sebastian, Spain

  • 2013

    Apochrypha,Havana Gallery, Havana, Cuba

  • One, Juan Ruiz Gallery, Miami, FL

  • 2012

    18 Panama Papers, Inhabitant Gallery, Panama City, Panama

  • Pink from the Center, Museum of Contemporary Art of Panama, Panama City, Panama

  • Distribution of Flowers Volume II, Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba

  • Breakdown Volume I Flores, Lloyd’s Register, Havana, Cuba

  • 2011

    Nada, National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba

  • Q, La Casona Gallery, Havana, Cuba

  • 2010

    Inhabitant Gallery, Panama City, Panama

  • South, Contemporary Art Link, Lima, Peru

  • 2009

    Carlos Quintana: 8cho, Habana Gallery, Havana, Cuba

  • Lloyd’s Register Collateral to X Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba

  • 2008

    Gallery Gallery, Beijing, China

  • North, Orange Gallery, Quebec, Canada

  • 2007

    Continuous, Artificial Gallery, Madrid, Spain

  • Without Temptation, Lyle O’Reitzel Gallery, Miami, FL

  • 2006

    Crossed Laterality, Havana Gallery, Havana, Cuba

  • 2005

    The Future at Any Time Will Be the Past, Juan Ruiz Gallery, Maravaibo, Venezuela

  • Recent Works, Arcaute Contemporary Art, Monterrey, Mexico

  • 2004

    North, Metropolitan Museum of Monterrey, Mexico

  • Entrestudio Gallery, Puebla, Mexico

  • 2003

    Mental Events, Arcaute Contemporary Art, Monterrey, Mexico

  • 2002

    Headed…Again, Juan Ruiz Gallery, Maracaibo, Venezuela

  • Headed (Big Drawings), Analusia Library, Granada, Spain

  • 2001

    With the Salt in the Language II, Gary Nader Fine Art Gallery

  • Natural, Angel Romero Gallery, Madrid, Spain

  • 2000

    Jacob Karpio Atma Gallery, San Jose, Costa Rica

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Cubans: Post Truth, Plessure, and Pain. Dry., Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC

  • 2017

    RQR (Renoma, Quintana, & Rottenberg), FAC, Havana, Cuba

  • Overseas: Cuba and the Bahamas, FINE 14, Leipzig, Germany

  • 2016

    Cuban Art: Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY

  • Visceral Integrity, et al Projects, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2015

    In the Same Language, Isabel Aninat Gallery, Santiago de Chile, Chile

  • New Colors, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2012

    Obsessions, The Atelierhaus Prenzlauer, Berlin, Germany

  • HB Cuban Contemporary Art, Pabexpo Collatoeral XI Biennial of Havana, Havana, Cuba

  • 2010

    Inside Confluences, La Acacia Gallery, Havana, Cuba

  • 2008

    Dominican Power & Solid Friends, Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery, Miami, FL

  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage, Gary Nader Fine Arts Gallery, Miami, FL

  • Continuing Starting Over, Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery, Miami, FL

  • Starting Over, Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery, Miami, FL

  • 2007

    The Triumph of Crazy, Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery, Miami, FL

  • 2006

    The Ego Show, Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery, Miami, FL

  • 2005

    Contemporary Paintings of Latin America, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI

  • Modern & Contemporary Masters, Gary Nader Collection, Miami, FL

  • 2004

    Latin American Teachers, Arcaute Contemporary Art, Monterrey, Mexico

  • Monster, Monsters, and…Aspirants, Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

  • 2003

    Three Cuban Artists, Metropolitan Museum of Monterrey, Mexico, Monterrey, Mexico

  • 2002

    Drop Drop, Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

  • In Centimeters, Fernando Pradilla Gallery, Madrid, Spain

  • Cross Slides of Identity and Gender, Telefónica Foundation, Madrid, Spain

  • 2000

    The Young Ones, Gary Nader Fine Art Gallery, Miami, FL

Collections

  • Berardo Museum, Lisbon, Portugal

  • Shelley & Donald Rubin Collection, New York, USA

  • Farber Collection, New York, USA

  • National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba

  • CdeCuba Art Collection, Valencia, Spain

  • Alin & Diego von Buch Collection, London, UK

  • Gilbert Brownstone Collection, Paris, France

  • National Arts Museum, Panama City, Panama

  • Gary Nader Collection, Miami, USA

  • Willem Peppler, Switzerland