In ‘Passion and Restraint’ I choose to present two young painters – Adislen Reyes Pino (Havana, 1984) and Lancelot Alonso Rodríguez (Havana, 1986) – who apply color in a very distinctive way: She, with soft, pastel tones, and he, with full intensity. The work of both revolves around eroticism. This com-mon focus is not unusual, since many artists from different generations have covered it with greater or lesser intensity; however, it allows me to introduce young creators who deal with a universal topic without turning it obscene and allowing all audiences to approach it as inherent to human nature. In my opinion, Adislen and Lancelot are two of the most interesting artists among the many that strive to establish themselves in the contemporary Cuban art scene. This curatorial project should be regarded as a snapshot that freezes one moment in the evolution of two artists whose youth, in creative terms, advances toward stages of maturity. Adislen and Lancelot are just a pick out of a complex, vast, and promising movement. Today’s young Cuban artists, have much to offer.
Interview of Virginia Alberdi, Adislen Reyes and Lancelot Alonso about the exhibition and their works
VIRGINIA ALBERDI , who lives and works in Havana, Cuba, is an art critic and currently editor of the Artecubano Publishing House. Bachelor in Literature, she has been a professor and curator, and collaborates regularly with several specialized publications and galleries.