Orishas – the Spirits of My Childhood
Works by Francisco Gordillo Arredondo. 1. September – 4. October 2018
Meet the Cuban artist at the opening on Saturday September 1st 2018 as he returns from Cuba with a brand new collection of works. The exhibition runs until October 4th 2018.
Francisco Gordillo Arredondo was born in Havana, Cuba in 1964 where he still lives. He was educated at the Academia de Bellas Artes de San Alejandro in 1988. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions over the years and has received several prizes for his artistic work, including the 1st prize in the Wifredo Lam Contest in Havana back in 2004 and latest in 2016.
Francisco Gordillo Arredondo has been described as ‘a mediator between two worlds’, by Dr Ivor Millor from DePaul University in Chicago. He further writes: ‘Francisco Gordillo Arredondo has assumed responsibility for re-visioning the presence of Africa in Cuba. As a descendant of Kongo founders and Santería practitioners, Gordillo has translated his personal vision of his family inheritance into his paintings. This cultural treasure is at the same time part of the collective mythology and memory of Cuba’s African legacies. During the current tourism boom — when many artists cheapen Cuban mythology with crass superficiality, and others enter the religions in search of mere content to utilize, Gordillo is that rare exception who treats the material as he received it: as sacred inheritance replete with grandeur and dignity. Through his art, we are offered a privileged view into foundational myths of Cuban religions.’