Caminos Transitados / Paths Taken: A Retrospective of Francisco “Gordillo” Arredondo Baba Oñi
January 16 - March 13, 2016
Francisco “Gordillo” Arredondo Baba Oñi’s artwork straddles two worlds – the contemporary art market and Cuba’s subterranean mysticism. A highly skilled and internationally acclaimed artist and a priest initiated into the Afrocuban religion of Santeria, Gordillo paints a personal vision of his Congo and Yoruba inheritance. His paintings embody a mythology that simultaneously divulges and celebrates the island’s rich African spiritual legacy.
Born in 1964, Gordillo graduated from Havana’s famous San Alejandro Art Academy in 1988. Since then, his work has been included in numerous group and individual exhibitions in Latin America, Europe and Canada. This exhibition -- his first retrospective -- includes over fifty paintings and mixed media works from his twenty-five year career.
Image credit: Francisco Gordillo in front of his painting El Secreto de la tierra, 2012. Mixed media, 79 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the artist.