Carlos García de la Nuez. Born in Havana, Cuba, 1959. Lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico.
He is a member of the renowned 1980s generation of Cuban artists, whose works differentiated from other contemporaries, noticeably in their intentional distancing from political criticism as a form of expression. This generation was interested in establishing and legitimizing new values of art for art’s sake, gathering inspiration from art movements happening outside of Cuba. Born in Havana, Cuba in 1959, the artist’s paintings explore abstraction and semiotics through the use of color, texture and scale. García de la Nuez participated in the historic 1982 exhibition titled 4x4 with colleagues Gustavo Acosta, José Franco and Moses Finalé.
In 1979 García de la Nuez entered the San Alejandro Academy of Arts and in 1983 completed his studies at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. He received his Masters of Arts in 1988 from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, upon receiving a scholarship from the Rockefeller Foundation. He spent a decade working and living in Paris, where he exhibited across Europe and was selected to participate in a silkscreen portfolio, Kinderstem, published by Domberger-Edition in Germany that featured García de la Nuez along with Max Bill, Sol LeWitt, Keith Haring, Christo, among others. In the early 1990’s García de la Nuez relocated in Mexico City, where he currently works and lives.
The artist’s works have been exhibited in various museums around the world including Boston, New York, Miami, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Bogota, Mexico City, San Jose, Panama City, Canada, Paris, Berlin, Stuttgart, London, Madrid, Moscow and Havana.
His work has been awarded the Painting Award 13 de Marzo from the University of Havana and the James Guasch Prize Foundation in Barcelona, Spain, and in 2006 it was selected for a collective show, Pinturas del Silencio, presented in the sixth Biennial of Havana.
García de la Nuez’s paintings are in various collections such as the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba; Colección Jumex, Mexico; Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, USA; Housatonic Museum of Art, USA; Collection Francois et Danielle Mitterrand, France; Museum of Costa Rican Art, Costa Rica; Regional Art Museum Morelia, Mexico; Museum of Art of Queretaro, Mexico; Universidad Iberoamericana University, Mexico; Colección Bimbo, Mexico; among others.