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February 16, 2004 - May 7, 2004

The exhibit features six contemporary artist/photographers who are as diverse as their work. Triana, Boothe and Arenas are well-established visual artists who enter photography as a continuum of their work. Martin, a seasoned poet, is exploring his poetry in the form of still images. Basu and Lopez, the youngest of the group, are just entering the road to discovery.

Néstor Arenas
Néstor Arenas was born in Holguín, Cuba, and studied at the Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana. For seven years he lived and worked in Spain, where he established a sound reputation as a painter. He moved to Florida in 2001 and started experimenting with digital photography. He is currently an artist in residencd at Art Center South Florida, in Miami Beach. Arenas considers himself the product of a society dominated by mass media information and cultural stereotypes. His work is the conjugation of different languages, such as comic strips, politics and materials assembled in theatrical tableaus.
Berrisford Boothe
Berrisford Boothe was born in Jamaica and lives in Pennsylvania. He is an established painter and printmaker. While in England on a traveling fellowship from the Walters Museum of Art, his interest in photography was influenced by British photographers Martin Parr, Peter Fraser, and others. Most recently he has produced two series of photoprints which utilize his photographs as sampled matter for his giclee prints. Boothe does not consider himself a photographer in the technical sense, and feels his images ‘testify’ more to emorion and response than to the expert calibration and brilliance of traditional photography.
Adrián López Ballester
Adrián López Ballester was born in Havana, Cuba in 1987. He left the country as a young child and emigrated with his family to México, where he lived for over a year. In 1992 they moved to the United States and he attended elementary school in Miami, Florida. He was an exchange student to Spain in 1998 and to England, France and Germany in 2001. López Ballester began takin photographs in 2002, and prepared a portfolio that allowed him to be accepted at the Design & Architecture Senion High School of Miami. He is a street photographer whose black and white photos capture the moment with dramatic theatricality and persuasive ideas.
Juan Martín
Juan Martín was born in Cuba. He lives and works in Miami, and is a published poet. His books include “Hasta que el Tiempo Estalle”, “Soliloquios de Amor” y “La Muerte and Vigilila de Orfeo”, for which he was awarded first prize in the Canary Islands, Spain. He has completed two new books: Los Poemas del Bosco and Huesped del Misterio. Martín is a self-taught photographer who has been active in the medium only for the last few years. He also creates poetry with the camera. Martín’s photography follows a non-traditional, true outsider approach.
Sheila Basu
Sheila Basu was born and brought up in Miami and received formal education in photography at Daytona Beach Community College and Miami Dade College. Her passion for photography began early, at age 13, when her father introduced her to the medium. Basu’s wide range of interests includes photojournalism, portraits, and fashion. Just out of school, she continues to explore the ideas and realities of contemporary portraiture, with a timeless sense of place and the transcendent unguarded moment.
Gladys Triana
Gladys Triana was born in Camaguey, Cuba. She is an established mixed media artist who lived in Spain from 1969 to 1975 and now resides in New York City. Her paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, installations and, since 2001, photography, have touched upon what she terms “the real and the imagined.” She choose color photography and photographic diptychs as the ideal medium for her work, inspired by the tragic events of September 11th. This autobiographical series is titled “I Am Here Working/Cada Vez, es Ahora.”


February 16, 2004
May 7, 2004
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