Ariel Cabrera Montejo
Ariel Cabrera Montego was born in Camagüey, Cuba in 1982. He was educated at the Fine Arts Academy of Camagüey, Cuba and the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), Havana, Cuba. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He has exhibited in galleries and art fairs in Cuba, USA, Mexico, Colombia and throughout Europe.
Cabrera’s exquisite oils, watercolors and drawings take the Cuban archive as a point of departure to explore the divisive historical accounts from Cuba and those from abroad to examine ideas of fiction and truth. Using traditional impressionist techniques to emulate the historical period of Cabrera’s source materials, Cabrera recreates theatrical scenarios inspired by the historical periods like the Interwar Period (1879-1895) and the Cuban War of Independence (1895-1898). His imagined subjects are anecdotal heroes, not depicted as the heroic characters like the traditional representations of heroes in the Cuban colonial paintings by Juan Emilio Hernández Giro, Leopoldo Romañach and Armando Menocal among others, but as those with basic human instincts. They have carnal, ludic and sensual desires. Cabrera lives and works in New York City and graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) Havanah, Cuba.