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Carlos Luna: Recent Works

August 11, 2020 - January 31, 2022
Palm Desert, CA



Heather James Fine Art presents an exclusive virtual exhibition of recent works by Carlos Luna.

Carlos Luna is Cuban American contemporary artist. Born in 1969 in Pinar del Río, Cuba, Luna moved to Puebla, Mexico in 1991. In 2001, he moved to the United States, settling in Miami. It is this international background that has influenced Luna and his artwork.

Luna weaves figures and symbols central to Cuba and Mexico. These works synthesize and transform decorative motifs into explorations of cultural roots and visual language. Figures and color erupt as if a memory, at once present and distant.

With the works in the exhibition, Luna emphasizes historical symbols and forms but through contemporary media and technique. Luna explores the network of cultural signs in Caribbean art including within the African Diaspora. Rather than replicating, Luna nurtures new visual memories.

Within works in the exhibition, one can find horses, symbolically important to Cuban rural culture and Afro-Cuban religion. The rooster, too, is laden with meaning. Luna described the animal in its connection to cockfighting in Cuba where people would air their grievances against the government. There is also the common linking of machismo to the animal but for which Luna continually upends and questions. Additionally, for Luna, the rooster is also an artist for morning greetings.

Not only the content of the work, but also the media is important to Luna. The artist often uses only natural materials like pigment, watercolor, pencil, and charcoal. He often uses Amate paper made from tree bark in Mexico, its use stretching back to the pre-Colombian age and for codices. Even his material connects Luna to a rich history of art production.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is the large mosaic “Iluminado.” Luna wrote on the work:

“Mosaics have a long history of being among the most luxurious works of art, especially within the Byzantine period. The figures created within the Byzantine mosaics suggest an ethereal, celestial, and subliminally heavenly realm. The Byzantines used precious materials such as mother of pearl, gold, silver leaf, and glass of a broad color palette. Small glass pieces also known as Tesserae were located within the mosaics in different angles by the artist to reflect light in order to create an otherworldly atmosphere. Known for being a highly costly and time-consuming technique it was only commission by the wealthiest members of society and placed within the most opulent of locations.”