Gustavo Acosta

 

Gustavo Acosta was born in in Havana, Cuba in 1958.  His intensely hued portrayals of sites in Havana, Miami, New York, and the Middle East feature rectilinear overlays of strong, intensely moody colors that integrate multiple allusions to reason and its traditions — the ideal planned-city street grid; the Golden Ratio and its long history as a supposedly true and self-evident compositional principle; the sharp-edged, no-nonsense Bauhaus aesthetic — with subtle references to the small flashes of vitality and inspiration that lurk within even the most drab and desolate environments. His canvases engage with neglected, antiquated, and somber settings, in the hope of revealing their meaning and living purpose for the present.

Acosta’s work is in many major institutions, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA; Lowe Art Museum; El Museo del Barrio; Frost Art Museum; and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.  He completed his arts studies in Havana’s Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), and currently lives and works in Miami.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. La Habana, Cuba
Centro Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba
Teatro Nacional, Havana, Cuba
Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, MACG, Mexico City, Mexico
Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA, Miami
Diputación Provincial de Ciudad Real, Ciudad Real, Spain
Lowe Art Museum, Miami
Cuban Heritage Collection University of Miami, Miami
Fort Lauderdale Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale
Nassau County Museum of Art, New York
Farber Collection
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo. Panama, Republic of Panama.
The Lehigh University Art Galeries Teaching Collection. Bethlehem, PA
University of Souththern California’s Fisher Museum of Art
El Museo del Barrio, New York
Frost Art Museum, Florida Internacional University, Miami
American Career College, Newport Beach, CA

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 “Inventory of Omissions” 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel New York.
2016 “Paper Trail” Panamerican Art Projects, Miami
2015 “Timeline” Latin American Masters. Santa Monica, CA
2014 “Space of Silence” Caixa Cultural. Sao Paulo, Brazil
2013 “Space of Silence” Caixa Cultural. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
          “There”, Panamerican Art Projects. Miami
2012 “Duda”. Raymaluz Art Gallery. Madrid, Spain
          “A Journal of References”. Frederic Boloix Fine Arts. Ketchum, Idaho
2011 “Here”, Panamerican Art Projects. Miami
2010 “Art of Illusion”. Latin American Masters. Santa Monica, CA
          “Gustavo Acosta” Frederic Boloix Fine Arts. Ketchum, Idaho
2009 “The Time Machine”, Lile O. Reitzel Arte Contemporaneo, DR
         “Questions to the Mirror”, Museum of Contemporary Art. Panama
         ”The Great Systems”. Panamerican Art Projects, Miam
2008  “Hipotesis de la Locura”, Pan American Art Projects. Miami
           “Transit Zones”, Latin American Masters. Los Angeles, CA
           “Recent Works”, Pan American Art Projects. Dallas, TexaS
           “Temporary Current” Bentley Gallery. Phoenix, Arizona.
2007  “The News of the Day”, Alonso Art Gallery, Miami.
2006  “Los Juegos del Principe”, Nina Menocal Gallery, Mexico
2005  “Empire of Dreams”, Latin American Masters.,Los Angeles, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016  “La Madre de Todas las Artes” Wifredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art, Havana, Cuba.
2015  “Iconocracia” Centro Vasco de Arte Contemporaneo, Vitoria, Spain
           “Shades of Gray” Panamerican Art Projects,Miami
           “Agave y Caña”. Mexican Consulate Gallery, Miami
            “Resilence, The Other Cuba”. Contemporary Cuban Art,  Minneapolis, Minnesota
            “The Reynardus Cuban Art Collection”. Selby Gallery at Ringlin  College. Sarasota, Florida
            “Cuban Art, The 80’s Generation”. Museo Linares, Nuevo Leon. Mexico
2014   “Welcome to the Jungle” Panamerican Art Projects, Miami
            “Trayectos de Ida y Vuelta, Grafica Transiberica Desde Miami”, Diputacion Provincial de Huelva, Spain
             “Papertrail” Latin American Masters, Los Angeles
             “Made in Miami” Panamerican Art Projects, Miami
             “Figurative & Abstract in Latin American Art. Nova Southeastern, University. Fort Lauderdale, FL
2013   “Global Caribean”, The Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance. Miami
            “Works on Paper”, Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center
            “1 Bienal del Sur en Panama”. Panama
            “Flying”, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien. Berlin. Germany
             “8 Derivas por la Ciudad Liminal”, Carrillo Gil Museum of Art.  MACG. Mexico City
2012  “Urban Lifecycles”. Sun Valley Center for the Arts. Ketchum,  Idaho
           “Urbanitas”. Panamerican Art Projects, Miami
           “Caribes”. Casa Cortes Collection. San Juan, Puerto Rico
           “Fans Forever”. MDC Museum of Art + Design. Miami
          “Persistence of Memories”.Broward College New Gallery. Fort Lauderdale. Florida
2011  “Florida Contemporary 2011”. Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art. Naples, Florida
          “Campos de Asociaciones. Dialogos y Silencios entre Practicas de Dibujo. Centro Cultural Simon Bolivar, Guayaquil, Ecuador
2010  “Latin American Art: 3. Cuban Selection from the LUAG Teaching Collection. Bethlehem, PA.
2009  “Irreversible”. CIFO, Miami
           “Herir la Memoria”. Siguaraya Gallery, Berlin
           “No son Todos los que Estan”. Nkisi Projects. Miami
2008  “Visiones: 20th Century Selections from the Nassau County Museum of Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida
           “Recent Acquisitions”. Latin American Masters. Beverly Hills, CA
           “Unbroken Ties”, Museum of Art / Fort Lauderdale.
           “Miami Ciudad Metafora”, Spanish Cultural Center, Miami.
           “Andamiajes”. Allegro Gallery. Panama City, Panama
           ”Giants in the City”. Artformz Alternative. Bayfront Park, Miami.
2007   “La Fuerza del Guerrero”. Homenaje a Juan Francisco Elso, Galeria Luz y Oficios. Havana
            “Cuba Avant-Garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber Collection” U of Florida’s Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
            “Art From Cuba” Oscar Niemeyer Museum. Curitiba. Brasil
            “A Traves del Espejo, Arte Cubano Hoy”. Galeria Allegro, Panama City, Panama
2006   “Layers: Collecting Cuban-American Art” University at Buffalo Art Gallery. New York
            “Tastes & Tongues”. The Spanish Cultural Center, Miami
            “Rising Stars: North Latin Americans”, Nina Menocal Gallery,  Miami
2005   “Real Space – Imaginary Space”, Praxis International Art,  New York
2004   “Erase una vez en Mexico”, Mexican Institute, Miami
            “De Ida y Vuelta”. The Spanish Cultural Center, Miami.
2003   “Paper Cut I”. ARSAtelier, Union City, New Jersey
            “Xll Muestra de Pintura y Escultura Latinoamericana”, Espacio Gallery, El Salvador
2002   “XI Muestra de Pintura y Escultura Latinoamericana”, Espacio Gallery, El Salvador
            “Reality and Figuration: The Contemporary Latin American Presence”. Boca Raton Museum of Art
1990    “Nuevas adquisiciones contemporáneas”, Museo Nacional, Havana, Cuba
1989     XX Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1988    “Sings of Transition”, Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, New York
1987     Bienal de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador
1986     Segunda Bienal de La Habana, Havana, Cuba
1985     Salón UNEAC. Museo Nacional, Havana, Cuba
1984     Primera Bienal de La Habana, Havana, Cuba
1983    “Encuentro Latinoamericano de Artistas Jóvenes”, Casa de la  Américas, Cuba
              Salón de Dibujo Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain
             “Paisaje del Paisaje”, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Finland,Czechoslovakia, India
1982    Salón Nacional del Paisaje, Museo Nacional, Havana, Cuba

SELECTED AWARDS
1992   Medalla de Oro en Pintura, Primera Bienal del Caribe, Dominican Republic.
            Medalla de Oro por el país mejor representado, Primera Bienal del Caribe, Dominican Republic.
            Premio en Pintura del LVII Salón Nacional de Arte, Valdepeñas, Spain.
1991   Premio en Pintura, III Bienal de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador.
1988   Premio en Pintura, Salón UNEAC, Havana, Cuba.
1984   Premio Nacional de Dibujo, Primera Bienal de La Habana, Havana, Cuba

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