BELLAS FLORES DEL MAL (BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS OF EVIL)
With a five-decade long career, Rocío García’s (b. Cuba, 1955) voice is one of the most coherent, iconic, and universal languages of the contemporary art scene in Cuba. Her debut exhibition at Thomas Nickles Project, Bellas Flores del Mal, showcasing a total of nine never-before-seen paintings, continues her voracious exploration of all that it means to be human.
Through scenes of secretly evolving intrigues, obscure mysteries, and unknown intimate stories, Rocío examines power, love, desire, sexuality, and violence with a focus on the double-edged subtlety in the conception of love: the sublime and the sinister in a rekindling of a series begun in 2017 as an homage to Matisse.
The union of opposites—the sacred and the demonic—and the duality of beauty are the central impulses of the works in this exhibition. The artist’s lifelong passion for painting, drawing and storytelling and the seamless synthesis of her influences are on display in portrayals of the dangers of love and the magic of flirtation. Here, the line, the monochromatic provocation, the disregard for naturalism, the scene-based nature, the voyeurism and ultimately, the passion are in full bloom.
Rocío García’s premiere solo exhibition with Thomas Nickles Project, Bellas Flores del Mal, will be on view at our 47 Orchard Street location
from September 22nd through November 21st, 2021.
Opening Party: Wednesday, September 22, 4 – 8pm
Hours: Tues – Sun 11am – 6pm, Thurs 11am – 7pm