Cesar Garcia was born in Havana, Cuba in 1961; his first encounter
with the arts was through his uncle, a Cuban Artist who learned
his trade at the world-renowned San Alejandro Academy of Arts.
Garcia moved to the United States in 1969 and has never forgotten
those moments that as a child he experienced in his uncle's
studio: images that live in him and are always a part of him.
passion for the arts has always lived in his heart and soul,
every minute of his life. His fascination with the great masters
has helped him better understand the need to express himself
in a totally different form.
His inclination is unique. His work is of a figurative nature
in a surrealist style, which marks a panorama of complex creativity
yet, simple presentation of form and composition. His work touches
the inner soul of various cultures with all its ethnic influences.
His attack upon the painting's surface is conceived after a
process of inspiration from within.
He analyzes his feelings and state of mind that preoccupies
the artistic arrangement of forms, inner language and symbols.
Garcia describes his work as being the ultimate antithesis of
classical form. He paints with his soul and imagination and
tells a story on every single occasion.
work can be found in several public collections including the
Division of Cultural Affairs (State Art Collection) Tallahassee,
Florida, Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, Connecticut,
University of Miami (Casa Bacardi) Institute for Cuban and Cuban-America
Studies, Village of Wellington (Art in Public Places) and many
other institutions, foundations and recognized collections rendering
him an important Cuban-American artist of his generation.
an artist is an endless soul searching quest.
create out of need and joy which reflects in my work. I lose
myself from all mundane feelings and then I find myself in a
whole new inner world of symbols, figures, forms, color and
expression of my ultimate intimacy.
be self-taught is an advantage rather than a hindrance. If there
is a rule in formal training, it can be broken and taken to
another level. All art communicates in my opinion, even if it's
simply to capture the beauty of the moment. My art speaks in
different languages to those who are open to receive their own
personal message in it.
often think about the value of art in our culture. We tend to
value things that are rare and have a style and personality
of their own. As an artist, I am conscious of why I create art
the way I do. I am looking for a meaningful way to represent
not only the world I live in, but also, the way I perceive my
own inner soul. The art becomes not just about the artist, but
also about the viewer.
November 4, 2008, Press Release, TIME DILATION, Solo Exhibition, new works by Cuban-American Artist, Cesar Garcia.