Cuban painter José Bedia was born on January 13, 1959 in Havana, just days after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. Trained at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes San ALejandro and at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, he participated in a number of groundbreaking Havana Biennials in the 1980s that brought the work of Cuban artists to the attention of international critics and art buyers. He solidified his reputation with his participation in a number of international exhibits throughout the 1990s. He has lived in Miami since 1993.
Watch Bedia describing his work and the impact of the Creole religious beliefs of Santería here:
For more on José Bedia, read: Major Career Retrospective of Jose Bedia at Miami Art Museum
He spoke with Judith Bettelheim, co-curator of the exhibit:
He is represented in Fluid Ecologies by two works:
Dominio de la Situación (Control of the Situation), 1994. Ink on amate paper. 47 . x 95 in. (120.02 x 241.3 cm). Purchase, Barbara Doyle Duncan, class of 1943, Fund for Contemporary Latin American Drawings. 1994.28.1
Barco Madre (Mother Ship), 1994. Acrylic, conte on paper. 33 . x 49 3/4 in. (90.81 x 126.37 cm). Purchase, Barbara Doyle Duncan, class of 1943, Fund for Contemporary Latin American Drawings. 1994.28.2
Top Image: Dominio de la Situación (detail)