Coates & Scarry, London
Ariel Cabrera Montejo was born in Camaguey, Cuba. His exquisite oils, watercolours and graphite drawings explore the historical discourse between truth and fiction found within the archives of Cuban historical documents.
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.