Water Bless the Gods

Works by Francisco Gordillo Arredondo. 24. May – 26. June 2014

Cuban artist Francisco Gordillo Arredondo visits Møn and Liza’s Gallery with the exhibition ‘Water Bless the Gods’ on Saturday May 24th. The event takes place from 11.00 to 16.00.

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.

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.’

Gallery owners Rupert Sutton and Liza Krügermeier met Francisco Gordillo Arredondo on an inspirational trip to Cuba back in 2013 and hence invited him on this cultural visit to Denmark.

Francisco Gordillo Arredondo will be present at the vernissage on May 24th. He will also be giving an open workshop on Sunday the 25th of May from 14.00 to 16.00 in the gallery. Here, visitors can get an insight into his work and ask questions. A Spanish-Danish translator will be there to assist with language.

Hereafter, the exhibition can be viewed until June 26th on Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10.00 to 18.00 and Sundays from 10.00 to 16.00. Mondays closed.

Francisco Gordillo Arredondo in his workshop, Havana 2013

Francisco Gordillo Arredondo in his workshop, Havana 2013

'Echu de dos Caras' by Francisco Gordillo Arredondo

‘Echu de dos Caras’ by Francisco Gordillo Arredondo

'Ablemos de Paz' by Francisco Gordillo Arredondo

‘Ablemos de Paz’ by Francisco Gordillo Arredondo

Francisco Gordillo Arredondo working

Francisco Gordillo Arredondo working

'Modelando' by Francisco Gordillo Arredondo

‘Modelando’ by Francisco Gordillo Arredondo