Rocío García Santa Clara, Cuba | 1955

Biography

With a five-decade long career, the voice of Rocío García is one of the most coherent, iconic, and universal languages of the contemporary Cuban art. With a strict academic background, her work has moved, almost unchanged, through the artistic scene of Havana's life in the last three decades. Her distinguishable language conjugates passions and experiences from her childhood, comics, cinema, literature, love and eros.

The line, the disregard for naturalism, the color as an expressive language, the scene-based nature, the sense of humor, the dysfunctional, the fragility of maleness, the voyeurism and ultimately, the passion, make her paintings a staging of power in its most complex expression. That is, power as an existential act. Her characters—policemen, sailors, nocturnal hustlers, bartenders, rabbits, punishers, geishas—are metaphors, that more than stereotypes judged at face value, represent an exercise of personal search. 

 

In many cases I involve love with the situations and what is around it. Eroticism creates problems. Love transcends eroticism, of course, but if we stay in the erotic... Love can even cause wars. I am a Freudian in that sense. There are those who limit themselves from doing things and have thoughts beyond what they appear, all the falsehood that exists in relationships is because of internal conflicts that people have, that they are not free enough to express. That's what I like to point about, subtle, because not even one has the answer, that's why I do the series, and give clues, and play with the cinematic. Life is a performance. There are people who label me as a painter of the gay world, but that is a superficial view. My painting is about ambiguity. Ambiguity and power. Power and the theater of life. 

 

Indissoluble from her voice as a painter is her work as a teacher, her Cathedra Los Nuevas Fieras, with its deep modern roots in the expressive qualities of color, has been a breeding ground for dozens of Cuban painters. Rocío's works have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Switzerland, Spain, Cuba, France, Russia, Germany, Argentina, Venezuela, Panamá, India, the Dominican Republic and the United States and her work is held in private collections around the world. 

 

She lives and works in Havana.

Works
  • Rocío García, Satánicamente tuyo (Satanically yours), 2021
    Rocío García
    Satánicamente tuyo (Satanically yours), 2021
    Oil on Canvas
    59 1/8 x 70 3/4 in
    149.9 x 179.8 cm
  • Rocío García, Lluvia Azul (Blue Rain), 2021
    Rocío García
    Lluvia Azul (Blue Rain), 2021
    Oil on Canvas
    70 3/4 x 74 3/4 in
    179.8 x 190 cm
  • Rocío García, La Bella Samurai (The Beautiful Samurai), 2021
    Rocío García
    La Bella Samurai (The Beautiful Samurai), 2021
    Oil on Canvas
    62 7/8 x 74 3/4 in
    159.8 x 190 cm
  • Rocío García, La Noche de los Tulipanes II (The Night of Tulips II), 2021
    Rocío García
    La Noche de los Tulipanes II (The Night of Tulips II), 2021
    Oil on Canvas
    47 1/4 x 55 1/8 in
    119.9 x 140 cm
  • Rocío García, La Noche de los Tulipanes I (The Night of Tulips I), 2021
    Rocío García
    La Noche de los Tulipanes I (The Night of Tulips I), 2021
    Oil on Canvas
    47 1/4 x 55 1/8 in
    119.9 x 140 cm
  • Rocío García, Bouquet, 2021
    Rocío García
    Bouquet, 2021
    Oil on Canvas
    55 1/8 x 59 1/8 in
    140 x 149.9 cm
  • Rocío García, Haiku 2, 2019
    Rocío García
    Haiku 2, 2019
    Oil on Canvas
    12 1/8 x 15 3/4 in
    30.5 x 39.9 cm
  • Rocío García, Haiku 4, 2019
    Rocío García
    Haiku 4, 2019
    Oil on Canvas
    12 1/8 x 15 3/4 in
    30.5 x 39.9 cm
  • Rocío García, Haiku 5, 2019
    Rocío García
    Haiku 5, 2019
    Oil on Canvas
    12 1/8 x 15 3/4 in
    30.5 x 39.9 cm
  • Rocío García, ST (Untitled), 2021
    Rocío García
    ST (Untitled), 2021
    Acrylic on Canvas
    12 1/8 x 15 3/4 in
    30.5 x 39.9 cm
  • Rocío García, Like the Last Blues, 2006
    Rocío García
    Like the Last Blues, 2006
    Oil on Canvas
    165" x 47.25"
    55" x 47 1/4" ea.
    4.19m x 1.20m
  • Rocío García, Merci Bocu, 2021
    Rocío García
    Merci Bocu, 2021
    Oil on Canvas
    12 1/8 x 15 3/4 in
    30.5 x 39.9 cm
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