Rigoberto Mena Santana (1961, Artemisa, Cuba)

Rigoberto Mena is one of Cuba’s leading abstract painters who draws inspiration from his local urban landscapes and the spirit of the people and the city. He graduated in 1987 from the Polytechnic Institute of Industrial Design. Following his solo exhibition in 2011 at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Cuba, he participated in London at a major international exhibition, Creative Cities Collection, associated with the 2012 Olympics, and more recently, at the 13th Havana Biennial (2019). His work has been widely exhibited in the U.S. Mexico, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, China, the UK and Holland. It is in over 30 public and private collections.

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Un pedacito de Habana / A Little Piece of Havana, 2019
Mixed media on canvas
Signed by artist
Framed, 17½ ” x 22”

I live obsessed with the little details that I find along my way. They are lines, scribbles, texts, made with any implement— accidental. Time and people continue to intervene; there is a freshness difficult to match.The streets are huge galleries…. I see Cy Twombly, Marc Tobey, Tapies… I feel the energy coming out of the walls,the rusty metals. Humid papers dry with the help of the Sun, and make beautiful abstractions.

The mystery of life, the certainly that a moment can be the eternity. I see the colors of clay, coal, earth. I see the ear of Van Gogh, the lyricism of Girona,the strength of Pollock. Full of Paraná. I continue. –Rigoberto Mena