Flora Fong

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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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STU­DIO / GALLERY

Calle 11 # 4212 e/ 42 y 44. Playa, Ha­vana (+53) 7204 9543 ffong@cubarte.cult.cu

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