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Zarza Guirola: Art exhibition

Zarza Guirola: Art exhibition

No one can really unravel the mystery of Zarza Guirola and his skulls. Some say that they are social x-rays. He reminds me of a certain type of sorcerer who knows well that life is death and death is life. His skeletons not only show a pack of bones; they show the intrinsic self of his characters. Characters who are lost in the masses and the crowds and whom he bares in order to give them back the individuality that is lost with death.

Zarza Guirola is a self-taught painter and draughtsman who seemed to be searching for a way to satisfy his need to make art. Because Zarza Guirola is a true artist who thinks, breaths and grows within art, but in a refreshing manner.

Di t?1 is the most recent exhibition of the Cuban artist Eduardo Zarza (Havana, 1967), who said during the opening that it is ?a tribute to the great masters of Cuban art.? These nine large works were painted from 2000 to 2009, most of them using mixed techniques.

So that they do not fall into a historic lethargy, Zarza Guirola has brought from the past famous characters from Cuban graphic humor, who at some time or another became a means for denouncing social evils.

You?ll find “Julito 26,? created by Chago Armada for the newspaper Cubano Libre, which was edited in the Sierra Maestra during the revolutionary war; and ?Bobo de Abela? marching among flags. Many in Havana will meet “Bembeta,? a character created by Rafael Forn?s for the first time.

Other characters, such as the great writer Alejo Carpentier and National Poet Nicol?s Guill?n, and the artists Fidelio Ponce and Jos? Manuel Acosta converge in this tribute. The artist has placed them in new spaces which offer a great wealth of contrast, arousing the consciousness of the urban tribes that are reflected in his paintings.

Many of his paintings are part of important collections in the United States, and in a number of countries in Europe and Latin America. The exhibit can be visited at Galer?a Galiano, Calle Galiano No. 256 entre Neptuno y Concordia, Centro Habana throughout February.

1 Di t? is a popular interjection that expresses an ironic and passive opinion–something like ?Just imagine!?

Casa Estudio del Artista: Calle 29 No 161, entre C y D,
Vedado, Ciudad de la Habana. Cuba
zartgui@cubarte.cult.cu February 2011

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