Flora Fong: one of the essential names in Cuban visual arts of the last decades. Her work transpires the warmth and the good energy of the place in which it was conceived. Flora says that she does not conceive creation moved away from her studio, gallery and home. Once and again she then returns to what has been defined as the connecting thread of her work: nature.
Some years ago, Eusebio Leal reassigned some spaces in Old Havana to a group of artists, but when he arrived to Flora’s studio his impression was different: “He was convinced that this was my place. I did not need anything else to show my creation. Each painting nourishes from these corners and its positives vibrations. He told me that the solution was to rip off that place and take it to the historical center of Havana, so as to grasp the inspiring essence. I answered him that I am very home-loving and that I love to remain in my house and take care of all its details. That is how the house began to grow, right here I built several premises. In this studio-workshop-gallery-house I live and work since 1993. Here my son, Li Domínguez, also paints and exhibits his pieces.”
At the entry in the gallery two immense canvases receive us, the diptych La vida en el campo es dura (Life in the Countryside Is Hard), which represented Flora in the Twelfth Havana Biennial. She is fascinated by large formats, in which she learned to move with great skill since the beginning of her career, although it is also possible to enjoy her mark in medium and small paintings and sculptures.
Every day we can find the artist immerse in her pictorial exercise, because discipline and perseverance characterize her. The heady atmosphere of that place with an exuberant vegetation, exotic aromas and unforgettable sounds of the birds, which she has been able to translate in her creations, is intoxicating. The artist intends to figure out the secret of nature in every stroke. Flora—displaying her name with pride—spreads out and multiplies in flowers, leaves and trees, while she moves in time with the wind, because the air, evolving into a hurricane, emerges among the multiple stains of vivid color and defined lines. In her landscapes are overlapped, in brilliant tones thanks to the light she uses, the magic of the oriental characters and unequivocal Caribbean symbols, thus reverencing their ancestors and their natural habitat: The Caribbean. The insularity and its symbols mark her, because her color range is very Cuban, as well as her motives.
Time seems to stand still in this peaceful place where Flora hands herself in every color explosion. Part of her recent production may be appreciated from September 29 to October 2 in Art Zurich, Switzerland, represented by Johann Burkhard and his gallery Artemorfosis.
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