Jose Maria Mijares
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Jose Maria Mijares

Jose Maria Mijares. Born June 23rd, 1921 in Havana Cuba, died in Miami, Fl. 2004. Cuban painter, active in the USA. He was a graduate of the San Alejandro’s Academy in Havana (1938–45), where he taught from 1960 to 1961. He fled from Cuba in 1968 and settled in Miami, Fl, where his studio became a focal point of cultural life for other exiled cuban intellectuals. He was already a principal artist in Cuba, and his work was seen in expatriate circles as a continuity of the cuban vision, particularly during the 1970s. In his paintings, constructivism and biomorphic surrealism are fused with baroque elements derived from colonial Caribbean design in a mixture of influences that also preoccupied many other cuban artists between 1940 and 1970, including Amelia Peláez del Casal, Cundo Bermúdez, Mario Carreño, René Portocarrero and Jorge Camacho. Mijares’s ‘organic abstractions’ of the 1970s and 1980s are reminiscent of similar work by Wilfredo Lam and Yves Tanguy, and he retained his fascination of the 1950s for geometric forms and his dependency on line to represent form, as in high priestesses of illusion (1971; New York, cintas found.). The intense blues and greens of the paintings that he called vitrales allude to colonial stained-glass windows. He participated in the biennials at São Paulo in 1953 and Venice in 1956, as well as in numerous group exhibitions in Latin America, Europe and Japan.

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Clown, 1948 Oil on Wood (19 x 13 1/2 inches) (48.26 x 34.3 cm)
Marine, 1948 Oil on Wood (19 x 13 1/2 inches) (48.26 x 34.3 cm)
Jose Maria Mijares
Jose Maria Mijares

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