Biography

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KADIR LÓPEZ (b. 1972, Las Tunas, Cuba) came to artistic maturity at a time when the image and illusion of the Cuban Revolution were greatly diminished. That’s probably the reason why he sealed his fate in tribute to what is pictorial, on one side, and urbane in the other. Skilled in watercolor and acrylics, Kadir is also known for the creativity and individuality of his installations, as well as for the use of non-traditional artistic medias.
Much of his work is inspired by a meditation on time: blurring past, present, and future, he critiques the effects of progress, or lack thereof, and its spiritual, economic, and political effects on society. In mining Cuba’s rich and complicated history as well as personal events, he creates a multilayered reality that combines space and time into a unified visual universe. His exploration on the theme of continuity has led him to traverse the finite limitations of both his own geographical surroundings and the pictorial plane. Kadir embraces the idea of a present whereby differing histories coexist and inform each other. The amalgamation of ready-made materials and intervention allows him to be observer and participant, author and audience. As a result, the world he creates is at once complex and beautiful, ambiguous and revealing, critical and hopeful.
He has exhibited his work consistently since 1990 in over 90 solo and group shows in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. He has participated in several of the art world’s d prominent international art fairs including the Havana Biennale, the Toronto International Art Fair (TIAF), ArtMadrid, Miami International Art Fair, Art Palm Beach, Pinta New York, Houston Fine Arte Fair, Hamptons Art Fair and many others. Among his many outstanding solo exhibitions, Signs series, brought him critical attention and he was named one of the top ten artists to watch in 2011 by The Huffington Post.
In addition to creating art, Kadir has lectured at conferences at universities and museums worldwide, and has served as a juror at a number of national art contests in his country. His work can be found in several major museums collections, as well as a large number of private collections all over the world.

STUDIES

1990-1995

High Institute of Art (ISA), Havana, Cuba

1986-1990

Professional Art School, Camagüey, Cuba.

1983-1986

Elementary Art School El Cucalambé, Las Tunas, Cuba. 

RESIDENCES

Havana- Light: Neon as architecture and art. Residence at Palos Verdes Art Center, California, United States.

The Conflux of Eternities: Historical Discourse in the Work of Kadir López, Residence at West Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Florida, United States.

SOLO SHOWS

2018

500 Years. Acumen Wine Gallery, Napa, California, United States. (Nov. 2018 / Jan. 2019)

Havana Noir (Bi-personal with Michael Fletchner). Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center, California, United States. (Nov. 3-25)

2016

Havana Noir. Palos Verdes Art Center, California, United States (Michael Fletchner as invited artist)

Recent work. Los Ángeles Art Asociation, Los Ángeles, United States.

2015

Havana Ligths. Collateral Show to the XVII Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba. (Renovation of the neon light of some of the most important cinemas of the city)

2014  

Nubes. Galería Raúl Martínez, CNAP, Ciego de Ávila, Cuba.

2013

The Conflux of Eternities: Historical Discourse in the Work of Kadir López. West Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Florida, ES United States.

American presence in Cuba. West Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Florida, United States. (Fue presentada la serie Palimpsesto, junto a sus más recientes trabajos con los monopolios y los cubos de Rubik)

2012

More than ninety milles. National Gallery, Washington D.C, United States.

Clouds. Collateral Show to the XI Havana Biennial, Pabellón de la Cabaña, Havana, Cuba.

Capitolio. Collateral Show to the XI Havana Biennial. Galería Génesis Miramar, Miramar Trade Center, Havana, Cuba.

Krteles. Galería La Acacia, Havana, Cuba.

2011

Signs of Cuba. Los Ángeles Art Show, L. A. Convention Center, Los Ángeles, California, United States.

Signs. Art Palm Beach Convention Center, Palm Beach, Florida, United States.

2010

Signs, William Turner Gallery, Bergamont Station Arts Center, Santa Monica, United States.

2009   

Signs of Cuba. Whitney Art Space, West Palm Beach, Florida, United States.

Signs, Galería La Acacia, Havana, Cuba.         

2007        

Kasting, Galería La Acacia, Havana, Cuba.

Kasting, Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas, Venezuela.

2006      

Horas como olas. Collateral Show to the IX Havana Biennial, Casa Simón Bolívar, Havana, Cuba.

2005      

Dos pintores cubanos. Galería ARTECOVI Madrid, Spain.

1972, obra reciente. Convento de San Francisco de Asís, Havana, Cuba.

2003     

Peces en el suelo. Collateral Show to the VIII Havana Biennial, Galería Raúl Martínez, Palacio del Segundo Cabo, Havana, Cuba.

2001   

Kadirlak 72. Quiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe, Nuevo México, United States. 

Solo Me Llamo López. Galería Abierta, Havana, Cuba.

2000   

Yo Soy el que Soy. Collateral Show to the VII Havana Biennial, Galería Espacio Abierto. Havana, Cuba.

Habana Secreta. Proyecto Mural “Castillo del Morro”, Adams and Central Downtown Phoenix, Arizona, United States.

1999     

Kdir: Oils, Watercolors & Installations. Cuban Art Space, New York, United States.

Bingo!  Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba.

Bingo! Arizona University, Tucson, Arizona, United States.

1998        

Mustafa. Galería Habana, Havana, Cuba.

1997     

Todo, Todo. State Street Gallery, Dallas, Texas, United States.

Más o menos. Collateral Show to the VI Havana Biennial. Casa de la Cultura de Plaza, Havana, Cuba.

1996    

No lo volveré a hacer. Galería del Instituto Cubano del Libro, Havana, Cuba.

1995            

Esculturas y pinturas. Fundación Ludwing de Cuba, Havana, Cuba.

1992    

Las Vacaciones de Lenin. Casa de la Cultura de Plaza, Havana, Cuba.

 1990    

Una Temporada en el Infierno. Centro de Arte, Camagüey, Cuba.

COLLECTIVE SHOWS

2018

Texto + Texto (ArtNexus y EFG Project). ARTBO, Bogotá, Colombia (Oct. 27 / Dec. 15)

2016

Tierra y Sangre. Pabellón Cuba, Havana, Cuba.

2014

Art Cartagena (Villa Manuela Gallery Project). Cartagena, Colombia.

Table Tennis Art. Villa Manuela Gallery, Havana, Cuba.

Trazos. Casa de México, Havana, Cuba.

Collective Show. Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba.

2013

Doce artistas cubanos. Espacio de Arte Viajes El Corte Inglés, Lima, Perú.

2012

Collective Show, Proyecto Refrigeradores. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Seúl, Corea del Sur.

Collective Show of Contemporary Cuban Art. Perú.

Collective Show of Cuban Art. Galería Luz Botero, Panamá.

Paisaje urbano. Oficina del Historiador, Palacio de Lombillo, Havana, Cuba.

HB, Muestra de Arte Cubano Contemporáneo. Collateral to the Havana Biennial. Pabexpo, Havana, Cuba.

2011 

Signs of Cuba and the Passage of Time. Naples Fine Art Center, Long Beach, California, United States.

Treasures from Another Island, Galería Grove, Barbados.

L.A Artshow, Covention Center, Los Ángeles, California, United States.

Cuba Connection; near & far, MACLA, San José, California, United States.

Arte con – texto. Galería Las Nieves, Bogotá, Colombia.

El Arsenal Ciudad de las Artes, Madrid. Spain.

2010     

Luces de la ciudad. Hotel Nacional, Havana, Cuba.

Casabe y matajibaro. Museo de Camagüey, Cuba.

Sencillamente Korda. Memorial José Martí, Havana, Cuba.

Love this Island. Piece Unique Gallery, Beirut, Líbano.

2009    

Havana, 490 Años. Centro Hispanoamericano de Cultura, Havana, Cuba.

Querido Van Goth. Centro Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba.

llusions de paysages. Galerie Piéce Unique, Beirut, Líbano.

Dos Caras. Fundarte, Galería Nacional De Arte, Honduras.

2008  

Tots aquests camins condueixem a Cuba. Galeria Pilar Riberaygua, Andorra.

Puro Arte. Casa América, Madrid, Spain.

Havana: Poste de señales, Galería Zipp, Santa Fe, Nuevo México, United States.

The first collection. AD HOD Galería Ontario, Canadá.

2007    

A través del espejo: Arte cubano hoy. Allegro Galería, Panamá.

VI Salón de Dibujo. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana.  

Cubanias, Famagusta Gate Gallery, Nicosia, Chipre.

Almas comunes, Centro Hispanoamericano de Cultura, Havana, Cuba.

Cosmos. Galería Servando, Havana, Cuba.

Nuevo milenio, Galería ALOVERA, Madrid, Spain.

2006 

La utilidad de la virtud, Galería Miramar Trade Center, Havana, Cuba.

Del paisaje a las vivencias humanas. Galería Discovery Planet, Beirut, Líbano.

Relatos de viaje. Convento San Francisco de Asís. Collateral Showde la Novena Havana Biennial, Cuba.

En tránsito. Galería Villa Manuela, Havana, Cuba. 

2005  

Islas o el camino de cada cual. Galería Espacios, Madrid, Spain.

Imágenes del mundo cubano. Galería Bernau, Berlín, Alemania.

El arte de la apropiación. Galería Servando, Havana.

Cuba the next generation. The Cuban art space, New York. United States.

Alternativas. Galería Servando, Havana, Cuba.

2004  

VI Certamen de pintura. Nicomedes García Gómez, Madrid, Spain.

Cuba from the inside looking out. Elaine Jacob Gallery, Detroit, United States.

Aproximaciones a su reino (Homenaje a Alejo Carpentier). Palacio del Segundo Cabo, Havana, Cuba.

Cuban Car Art. Palos Verdes Art, Center, California, United States.

Elegía cubana. Galería L, Havana, Cuba.

Cuba en cien imágenes. Campi Bisenzio,Villa bellosguardo Sala del Concilio de  Lastra Signa, Toscaza, Italia.

Es para no ser visto. Galería Praxis, Lima, Perú.

Young contemporary artist from Cuba. Cheng-Cheng Art Gallery, New Jersey, United States.

2003     

Maneras de Inventarse una Sonrisa. Collateral to the VII Havana Biennial, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba.

Café III: The Journey of a Cuban Artist. State University West Art Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, United States.

Con los Pobres de la Tierra. Taller de Cerámica, Havana, Cuba.

Art and Craft. Cuban Art Space, New York, United States.

Anden 10 (Exposición itinerante). Universidad Católica Pontificia de Quito, Ecuador; Centro de Arte Moderno, Cuenca; Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba.

2002    

Cuban–Fusion. Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich, Connecticut, United States.

2001 

III Salón de Arte Cubano Contemporáneo. Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba.

Plástica Cubana Contemporánea. Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Quito, Ecuador.  

Viva Cuba. Alva Gallery, New London, Connecticut, United States.

Proyecto Cultural Italia-Cuba. Unbria, Italia.

2000     

Collective Works. Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe, Nuevo México, United States.

Two Nations. White Water Gallery, Ontario, Canadá.

Collective Works. Peterson Hall Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, United States.    

1999

Bienal de Acuarela de Viña del Mar. Viña del Mar, Chile.

1998 

II Salón de Arte Cubano Contemporáneo. Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba.

New art from Cuba. Trask Gallery, New York, United States.

1997

Trabajo por cuenta propia. Facultad de Artes de la Universidad de Havana, Cuba.

Art on the asphalt. Phoenix, Arizona United States.    

The cigar. Murakami Gallery, New York, United States.    

The cigar (Itinerant Exhibition). Cristie`s Gallery, Sag Harbor, Nueva York & Tokyo, United States and Japan.

The biggest little picture and sculpture show.  State Street Gallery, Dallas, United States.

Havana-Newark. Sumei Multidisciplinary Art Center, Newark, New Jersey, United States.

Collective works. The Empty Wall Gallery, Dallas, United States.

Velas. Mars Artspace. Phoenix, Arizona. United States.

1996     

Exposición de esculturas. Centro Luz y Oficios, Havana, Cuba.

Salón de la ciudad. Centro luz y Oficios, Havana, Cuba.

Reflexiones: SI DA. Casa de México, Havana, Cuba.

Río Almendares; ni fresa ni chocolate. Convento de Santa Clara, Havana, Cuba.

Plástica Cubana actual. Foto- centro de la Unión de Periodistas, Beijing, China.

1995   

Primer Salón de Arte Cubano Contemporáneo. Museo Nacional de bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba.

Una de Cada Clase. Convento de Santa Clara, Havana, Cuba.

Vestigios Ego: Un Retrato Posible. Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba. 

1994    

No Valen Guayabas Verdes, Collateral Show to the V Havana Biennial, Galería del Instituto Superior de Artes, Havana, Cuba.

1993 

Cambio de Bola. Galería Habana, Havana, Cuba.

1992

Un Marco por la Tierra. Proyecto ecológico y exposición itinerante, Colombia, Venezuela y Cuba.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

1991

Si Tim Tiene Tim Vale. Collateral Show to the IV Havana Biennial, Galería del Instituto Superior de Artes, Havana, Cuba.

Miss Expo. Galería del Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana, Cuba.

1990 

Expreso I.S.A. Galería del Instituto Superior de Artes, Havana, Cuba.

1989  

Luz Verde (Grupo La Campana). Las Tunas, Cuba.

ART FAIRS

2018

ArtBo International Art Fair. Bogotá, Colombia.

2016

Hampton Art Fair. New York, United States.

2015

Select Art Fair. Miami, United States.

Pinta Art Fair. Miami Florida, United States.

2014

Hamptons Art Fair. George Brown Convention Center, New York, United States.

Select Art Fair. Miami, Florida, United States.

Pinta Art Fair (Solo show), Miami, Florida, United States.

2013

Houston Fine Art Fair. George Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas, United States.

2012

Feria Art Miami. Miami, Florida, United States.    

Houston Fine Art Fair. Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, United States.    

ArtBo International Art Fair. Bogotá, Colombia.

Feria Art Basel Miami. Miami, Florida, United States.    

2011

Art Palm Beach. Florida, United States.

Art-Platform, L.A. Mart. Los Ángeles, California, United States.

PINTA International Art Fair. New York, United States.

Houston International Art Fair. George Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas, United States.

Art Madrid, Feria Internacional de Arte, Madrid, Spain.

2010

ArtMoscow. Central House of Artists, Moscú, Rusia.

Art Palm Beach. West Palm Beach, Florida, United States.

Arte Américas. Miami, United States.

2009

FIA, Feria Iberoamericana de Arte. Caracas, Venezuela.

Art Shanghai. China.

ArtMadrid. Spain.

ArteAmericas. Miami, United States.

2008

Photo Miami, Miami, United States.    

PINTA, Feria Internacional de Arte. New York, United States.

ARTBO, Feria internacional de arte de Bogotá, Colombia.

Art-Madrid, Feria internacional de arte, Madrid, Spain.

2005

TIAF, Toronto Internacional Art Fair. Toronto, Canadá.

1999

London international Art Fair. Londres, Gran Bretaña.

AUCTIONS

2011

Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas, United States.

MOLA Auction, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano, Long Beach, California, United States.

2009

Habana’s. Sala Subastas Retiro, Madrid, Spain.

2008

Auction Exibition, Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA), California, United States.                                         

2007

Auction Exibition, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano (MoLAA), California, United States.                                         

2006

Auction Exibition. Museo de Arte Latinoamericano (MoLAA) California, United States.

2005

Subasta –Habana online. Galería 23 y 12 Havana, Cuba.

2004

Subasta Habana online. Galería Habana, Cuba.

2003 

Subasta de arte cubano contemporáneo. Octava Havana Biennial, Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba.

2002

Terry Fox Selected Auction. Canadian Embassy, Havana, Cuba.

AWARDS

1995   

Award, Contemporary Cuban Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba (Installation 90 Bolos)

1992    

First Prize. Salón Provincial, Centro de Arte Las Tunas, Cuba.

1991

First Prize in Salón Guernica, Centro de Arte. Las Tunas, Cuba.      

1989

First Prize. Salón Provincial, Centro de Arte, Las Tunas, Cuba.

COLLECTIONS

Arizona State University Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), California, United States

Museum of Finest Cuban Arts, Viena, Austria.

Donald Rubin Collection, New York, United States

Colección Art Nexus, Bogotá, Colombia.

Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York, United States.

Richard Guggenheim Collection, California, United States.