Pan American Art Projects is pleased to announce Kcho: Rowing Against the Current, a solo show dedicated to Alexis Leiva Machado (Kcho)’s artistic career. We are presenting a new body of work, with several paintings from 2020 and an interactive installation; this presentation will be complemented by some important historical works, sculptural as well as paintings and works on paper. A catalog will accompany the exhibit, with an introduction by Jorge Fernandez, director of the Museo de Bellas Artes of Havana, where the artist is currently presenting a large retrospective exhibition. The show opens on February 27th and closes on April 24th.
Kcho was born in 1970, Nueva Gerona, Isla de Pinos. He began his artistic training there and soon after moved to Havana, where he completed his studies and currently lives and works. He is today one of the most important artists of his generation and his work can be found in prestigious museums and institutions around the world. Among those we can mention MOMA, New York; theNational Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Museo Van Reekum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands and the Centro de Arte Walker, Minneapolis, just to mention a few.
He appeared on the Cuban scene in the early 90s with a very unique style. In a decade marked by an increasing migration process it is not a surprise that his work gravitated towards that theme. He chooses to portray the drama of the Cuban migration, specifically the perilous voyage by sea. The dangers of that type of trip are represented in the innertubes, boats and oars that he uses to create his pieces. The scarred surfaces, the aggressive and sketch-like lines are allusive to the difficulties involved in the process. The lonely and scattered pieces suggest abandonment and death, portraying a grim scenario of what can happen in the vast and treacherous sea.
Jorge Fernandez, the Director of the National Museum of Fine Arts in Cuba, said in his text for the catalog exhibit: “(…) Kcho, like Matisse, knows that it is drawing which leads to the spirit, and color to the senses. He also learned as a rule that it is drawing that can guide color along the paths of spirituality. This exhibition is the confrontation, or the will of the artist to make possible the small niches that we find along the paths of life.”
The gallery will maintain regular open hours following government safety rules for Covid-19.
Pan American Art Projects was established in 2001 with the mission to exhibit and promote established and emerging artists from North, Central and South America, providing a context for dialogue between the various regions. We represent a strong roster of contemporary artists of the Americas and hold a collection of important works from Cuba, Argentina, the U.S. and the Caribbean. Our programming reflects these complementary arenas providing a comprehensive historical context for contemporary tendencies in the visual arts from these regions.
The gallery was born from the personal collection of our owner, Robert Borlenghi, who as a founding member of MOCA Los Angeles made his first trip to Haiti in 1990 and found many great artists that were relatively unknown to collectors in the U.S. He made it his mission to collect and exhibit underrepresented artists from Haiti, Jamaica and later Cuba. This mission then transferred to our gallery when we opened in Dallas in 2001, when we began adding actively represented artists from North and South America.