Miguel Gomez "Villa Mella"

Color and Sensuality in Contemporary Dominican Art

An exhibition of paintings by:Miguel Gómez and Jesús Desangles

Opening ReceptionFriday, August 30, from 6-10pm

Exhibition Dates: Wednesday August 28 thru Sunday September 15

Gallery open to public: Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 12 noon to 5pm

Miguel Gómez’s works are inspired by Villa Mella, a black neighborhood of Santo Domingo that is regarded as a cultural treasure and keeper of African traditions. Gómez, a self-described “cultural investigator”, contrasts the crisis of identity that haunts many of his compatriots with a postmodern aesthetic style that speaks to the contemporary art viewer and pulls him into the idiom of the obra.  The work represents years of struggle and his pride in Dominican culture.

Jesús Desangles is from a family of artists. Following the family tradition, Jesús Desangles was awarded a Gold Palette at the 21st Art Festival of Cagnes-Sur-Mer, in France, at the age of nineteen. Decades later, his works would become part of the Caribbean´s most prestigious permanent collections. Many of his works are explorations of the African/Taino presence. His drawings and paintings reflect a quest for identity with a compelling vision. Art historian Enrique García Gutiérrez of the University of Puerto Rico, described him as “Powerful, poetic, playful…his signs multiply and unfold.”

Miguel Gómez and Jesús Desangles are masters of their medium and masters of the craft of the “poetry of paint” with which they unveil and pay homage to Dominican culture.  In so doing, they also pay homage to all the Caribbean cultures sharing with the world the finest of Caribbean art.

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