2016 Events


CINTAS Knight Foundation Fellowship in the Visual Arts Finalists:

Pavel Acosta-Proenza, Aurora de Armendi, Ivan Toth Depeña, Vanessa Diaz, Lilian Garcia-Roig, Diana Guerrero-Macia, Gabriel Martinez, Hugo Patao, Carlos Rigau, Norberto Rodriguez, Juana Valdes

Miami, September 9, 2016 – Miami Dade College (MDC) Museum of Art + Design, home of the CINTAS Fellows Collection and the CINTAS Foundation announce this year’s finalists for the annual CINTAS Knight Foundation Fellowship Competition. A reception and awards presentation will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at the college’s iconic Freedom Tower. The reception will commence at 6pm and award announcements will begin promptly at 7pm.

The MDC Museum of Art + Design at the Freedom Tower will be exhibiting the visual arts finalists’ work through December 30, 2016. The exhibition, which features works by each of the visual arts finalists, is free and open to the public.

CINTAS Fellowships acknowledge creative accomplishments and encourage excellence in architecture, literature, music composition and the visual arts. Eligibility is limited to artists of Cuban citizenship or direct descent (having a Cuban parent or grandparent).

The jury: Amada Cruz, Director, Phoenix Art Museum; Stephen Maine, The School of Visual Arts, New York; Dominic Molon, Curator, RISD Museum; Shannon Stratton, Chief Curator; Museum of Art and Design, New York; Helen Toomer, Director, Pulse Contemporary Art Fair


Cumulative Nature: Native Oranges & Palms (FL)  48″ x 72″ (diptych) 2014

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Cover image Sans Souci by Firelei Baez

I am very pleased to have my painting Cumulative Nature: Native Oranges & Palms be mentioned and reproduced in an essay titled Contemporary Art of the Hispanophone Caribbean Islands in an Archipelagic Framework co-written by Tatiana Flores and Michelle Stephens. This essay was included in the The Idea of Hispanophone Caribbean Studies section, guest edited by Vanessa Perez-Rosario for the 51st issue of  SMALL AXE, a Caribbean journal of criticism published three times a year by Duke University Press.

More information on the publication and on how to order it can be found at:


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Washington Water Flows:  Morning Mist, 14″ x 18″, watercolor & gouache on paper, 2013

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Cumulative Nature: Native Orange, 2014.  36″ x 24″ private collection Chicago

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Clear Path (WA Diptych) 24″ x 36″

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A new 10 month “pop-up” gallery in Palm Desert, California opens the end of August.


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I am pleased to announce I am included in the NAP #124 (ps. 18-19 & 46-49)

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You can purchase a copy of the book on line or at major book stores


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MAY 3-8

I will be in NYC May 3-7 and will be attending the VIP Opening on May 3, from 2-7. Please come by and see me if you are there!

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“Stained Glass Woods”  48″ x 60″

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I am very honored to have two of my on-site landscape paintings included in the “contemporary section” of this exhibition. One work dates back to the early 90’s when I spent a month working in the Taos Mesa in New Mexico. I was mostly helping my  UT-Austin colleague hand-build an adobe house in the morning & painting in the afternoons (this was basically their back yard!) The other work is from my new home state of Florida and is a quintessential example of the dense, wild palms & vegetation found in the northern Florida wetlands. A 112 pg catalog was produced for the exhibition. Included are essays by the curator Segundo Fernandez and art historians Juan Martinez, and Paul Niell.

You can get a catalog by contacting the museum.


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“Rio Grande Gorge”  1992   28″ x 40″  Private collection

Below is a  link to the ON VIEW MAGAZINE  (Jan-March edition, pages 100-110) article on the show.

{Pg. 100} Cuban Art in the Twentieth Century: Cultural Identity and the International Avant Garde

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“After the Burn”, 2014.      40″ x 30″

The Art Miami Pavilion is located in the Wynwood Arts district 3101 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL

Booth C-21, December 1-6.

Cernuda Arte will present Masterworks by Cuban Modern and Contemporary Artists: Wifredo Lam, Mario Carreño, Cundo Bermúdez, René Portocarrero, Mariano Rodríguez, Amelia Peláez, Víctor Manuel, Acosta León, Abela, Servando Cabrera Moreno, Agustín Cárdenas, Gina Pellón, Roberto Fabelo, Sosabravo, Flora Fong, Tomás Sánchez, Manuel Mendive, Pedro Pablo Oliva, Tania Bruguera, Lilian García-Roig, Miguel Florido, Dayron González, Joel Besmar, Irina Elén González, Giosvany Echevarría, and others.

Cernuda Arte will also be presenting and distributing their newly published annual publication, Important Cuban Artworks, Volume Thirteen.  A 180 page full-color catalog  featuring over 270 images of outstanding artworks.



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The artists will be giving Gallery Talks on Thursday @ 5pm on September 24

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READ THE REVIEW BY SUSAN RIFE of the Herald-Tribune Sarasota:



“Banyan as Metaphor”, 2015 14′ H x 20′ W

Link to short, 4 minute video of the show:

64 page catalog pdf (4 MG) below

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Note that to view the pdf as a magazine format in ADOBE READER, you must go to your menu bar and select “VIEW”, scroll down to “PAGE DISPLAY”, then select “TWO-UP CONTINUOUS” & “SHOW COVER PAGE DURING TWO-UP”


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Into the Wild is a painting exhibition exploring the theme of nature.

Curated by Carol Jazzar, it features contemporary South Florida artists Scott Armetta, Elizabeth Condon, John Defaro, Lilian Garcia-Roig, Ernesto Kunde, Magnus Sodamin, Donna Torres and Typoe. It also incorporates two masterworks by Augusto Chartrand Dubois and Miguel Arias.

Spanning more than a century, the featured subjects are depicted in both figurative and abstract styles.
All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Kendall Gallery
Martin and Pat Fine Center for the Arts
11011 S.W. 104th St.
Miami, FL 33176
Opening Reception
Meet the curator and artists.
Saturday, October 3
1 p.m.
For gallery hours, call 305-237-7700.


Review of show in Miami Herald



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View of “Wall of Fall” in my Fisher Studio (each panel 30″ x 30″)


I was very fortunate to able to have a short residency at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts in October during the peak fall season. While there I met numerous amazing creative folks-writers & poets as well as preforming & visual artists of all types-and was able to make a series of autumn based, small, on-site paintings…nature put on an amazing show to be inspired from for sure (as seen from the leaves that would drop on my porch (no filters!)

This is a gem of an artists residency nestled in 600 acres in the mountains of northeastern Georgia (complete with waterfall!). I highly recommend it-please check them out at



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“Greens On Greens & Yellows” (WA) diptych 30″ x 48″

The Martin Museum of Art on the Baylor University Campus in Waco, Texas has recently acquired the painting “Greens On Greens & Yellows” (WA) diptych for their permanent collection! It will be on display June 2- July 17 in “Selections form the Permanent Collection” exhibition this summer.

You can also see images from the recent Martin Museum of Art duo-solo show I was in with James Surls at: http://baylorlariat.com/2014/10/22/photos-art-exhibits/

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VALLEY HOUSE GALLERY @ the DALLAS ART FAIR        April 9-12,  Booth A5

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“Fleeting Fall” 48″ x 60″   Private Collection, Texas

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“Hyperbolic Nature: Florida Vine Diptych” 60″ x 96″

Screen Shot 2014-12-30 at 2.30.19 PM COCA is kicking off this year with “30 for 30” fine arts exhibition at the City Hall Gallery. This show will celebrate thirty artists who demonstrate a record of success and accomplishments over the last thirty years while calling Tallahassee, Florida home. This reception is on, you guessed it, January 30th and I will have two large works in it.

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Thomas Deans Fine Art
690 Miami Circle NE #905
Atlanta, GA 30324
tel. 404 814-1811

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“Cumulative Nature: Tannic Waters” (FL) 30″ x 24″, 2014

THE ANNUAL ART FACULTY EXHIBITION   This exhibition is a showcase for the faculty artists of the Department of Art in the College of Fine Arts at FSU…you never know what to expect but you can always expect a lot! I will have some of my new 2014 on-site Florida paintings in this show. The exhibition runs January 9th through February 1st. Public reception: Friday, January 9th 6:00 – 8:00 PM 530 W Call Street, 250 Fine Arts Building Museum of Fine Arts Museum Hours: M- F 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM  Sat & Sun 1:00 – 4:00 PM. Museum will be closed Monday, January 19th for MLK, Jr. Day. All museum exhibitions and events are FREE and open to the public! Visit the museum website for more information: http://mofa.fsu.edu/

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“Maples & Vines Intertwines” 60″ x 48″, 2008 which is at Cernuda Arte

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“Cumulative Nature: Palm Menagerie” (FL) 2011, diptych 48″ x 72″. Private collection  NY

Cernuda Arte exhibited a large collection of Wilfredo Lam works as well as a group show that includes my paintings at Art Miami in Booth C-30

VIP PREVIEW – By Invitation
December 2, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
December 3 thru 6, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
December 7, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

2014: Martin Museum of Art


The Martin Museum of Art (on the campus of Baylor University) in Waco will be hosting two concurrent solo shows: James Surls and me! Surls will have his large sculptures and drawings in Gallery 1 and I will have many of my large, on-site multi-panel paintings (from FL, GA, WA & NH) in Gallery 2 in a show I titled TIME SENSITIVE.

Surls is a quintessential Texas artist who makes bold works and I am particularly excited about this show and the juxtaposition of our works because I have been a huge fan of both his monumental sculptures and drawings since I first saw them back when I was in high school. While our works are very different on the surface, I have always felt a strong connection to his work, his aesthetics, his process and the materiality of his pieces…I am a maximalist 2-D, colorful version of him, or something like that…I hope.


“Webbed Woods” (WA) 36″ x48″

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Below are two small png (like pdf) links to download more information about the artists in the show:

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2014: “A Mysterious Clarity: 2.0”


“Autumn Bursts” (NH) diptych 60″ x 96″, 2008


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“Stained Glass Woods” (WA) triptych 48″ x132″

This was the decade anniversary of our inaugural exhibit at 621 Gallery in Tallahassee in 2004!…we are getting better with age-or at least our paintings are:)