Self-Taught Art from Latin America and the Caribbean: The Aldemaro and Ana Romero Collection

 

April 21 to May 19, 2017

 

  Quinto M., Venezuela, Simon Bolivar, c. 1980s, painted wood, 16 x 15"

 

NEW YORK, NY- April 15, 2017 – The Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College will present the exhibition, Self-Taught Art from Latin America and the Caribbean: The Aldemaro and Ana Romero Collection, from Friday, April 21 to Friday May 19, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 20, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This exhibition features a variety of paintings and sculptures that were created by artists who lack professional education and training. Among the major characteristics of this art are simplicity, repetition, a geometrically erroneous sense of perspective, and the use of brilliant, saturated colors. A small sculpture of Simon Bolivar, by Quinto M., is simplified in form, but depicted with a colorful uniform and a sword to emphasize his heroic role as the leader who established Venezuelan independence. In a jungle scene, Haitian artist E. Marime painted every leaf individually, repeating its shape rather than creating clusters of foliage. The intensely colored jungle animals and plants appear stacked in space, without a traditional use of perspective.

 

Although it is sometimes confused with folk art, self-taught art usually lacks a clear cultural context, and it is often hard to identify by its geographic origin. Some self-taught artists are well-known including the French painter Henri Rousseau (1944-1910), who was discovered by Pablo Picasso. Now, it is possible for these unknown artists to become part of the art historical canon, as self-taught art has become very popular with colleges and museums.

 

Aldemaro and Ana Romero are avid collectors of self-taught art, who have traveled throughout Latin America. Their collection contains more than 50 paintings, sculptures, and examples of other crafts. The materials used in these artworks are diverse, and include oil paint on canvas, lithography, papier-mâché, bark, and wood. The Romero collection spans more than four decades, from the 1970s to the present, and it represents many countries: Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, and Venezuela.

 

This exhibition was made possible by Hedwig Feit, in honor of her mother, Sylvia Lizana Y Parrague. Funding was generously provided by the Schindler-Lizana Fund for Latin American Arts & Cultures at Baruch.


The Mishkin Gallery is located at 135 E. 22nd Street at Lexington in Manhattan. The Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, noon to 5 pm; Thursday, noon to 7 pm.

Media Contacts: Sandra Kraskin, Director, Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College (646) 660-6652 or Suzanne Bronski, (646) 660-6093, suzanne.bronski@baruch.cuny.edu.

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.

 

 

 

 

Self-Taught Art from Latin America and the Caribbean:

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  The Aldemaro and Ana Romero Collection

 

Self-Taught Art from Latin America and the Caribbean:

The Aldemaro and Ana Romero Collection

 

April 21 to May 19, 2017

Sandra Kraskin, Curator

 

SIDNEY MISHKIN GALLERY

    135 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

 

 

 


Preface and acknowledgements

The Mishkin Gallery is pleased to present Self-Taught Art from Latin America and the Caribbean: The Aldemaro and Ana Romero Collection. This exhibition, filled with vivid colors and dramatic images, celebrates the work of self-taught artists from Latin America and the Caribbean. Although they do not have professional training, self-taught artists have unique creative visions. Their work features simplicity, repetition, a geometrically erroneous sense of perspective, and the use of brilliant, saturated color.  

During the last three decades, the art created by self-taught artists has become part of the mainstream. It has been studied, written about, and exhibited; it has expanded the boundaries of the history of art.

I am very grateful to Aldemaro Romero, Dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences,

and Ana Romero for lending 40 paintings and sculptures from their collection. Their interest in this work, and their travels throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to build their collection, have provided an important resource for the students of Baruch College.

This exhibition was made possible by Hedwig Feit, in honor of her mother, Sylvia Lizana Y Parrague. Funding was generously provided by the Schindler-Lizana Fund for Latin American Arts & Cultures at Baruch. I would like to thank the Baruch College Fund, and especially Jessica Leitner, for her help with funding the exhibition.

It is also a great pleasure to acknowledge the support of Baruch College President Mitchel Wallerstein. His commitment to providing cultural programs at Baruch College has been essential to the success of the Mishkin Gallery.

Sandra Kraskin, Ph.D.
Director, Sidney Mishkin Gallery


 

Catalog

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1.  Laurent Casimir, Haiti
Untitled, c. 1980s
Oil on canvas, 36 x 48”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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2.  Anonymous, Cuba
Untitled, 2011
Oil on canvas, 24 x 31.5”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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3.  J. Daniel, Haiti
Untitled, c. 1980s
Oil on canvas, 13.5 x 17.5”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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4.  Anonymous, Panama
Untitled, c. 2000
Textile, 12.5 x 17.5”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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5.  J. Moreno, Venezuela
La Burriquita (“The little donkey”), 1993
Lithograph, 15.5 x 21.5”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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6. W. Nelson, Haiti
Untitled, c. 1980s
Oil on canvas, 16.5 x 12.5”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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7.  Anonymous, Cuba
Untitled, 2011
Oil on canvas, 19 x 15”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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8.  Philémon, Haiti
Untitled, c. 1980s
Oil on canvas, 16.5 x 12.5”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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9.  Gauñe, Ecuador
Untitled, c. 1990s
Aquarelle, 10 x 18”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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10.  Rodolfo Román López, Mexico
La boda (“The wedding”), c. 1980s
Oil on leather, 30.5 x 24”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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11.  Anonymous, Mexico   
Untitled, c. 1980s
Oil on leather, 15 x 22”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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12.  Plácido Ascencio, Mexico
Untitled, c. 1980s
Oil on leather, 15 x 22”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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13.  Machado, Cuba
Untitled, 2012
Oil on canvas, 34 x 42”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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14.  Patricia van Daleu, Venezuela
Primavera (“The Spring”), 1991
Lithograph, 26.5 x 33.2”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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15.  M. Dolciné, Haiti
Untitled, c. 1980s
Oil on canvas, 48 x 36”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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16.  A. Nazaire, Haiti
Untitled, c. 1980s
Oil on canvas, 12.5 x 16.5”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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17.  Nosirel Depal, Haiti
Untitled, c. 1980s
Oil on canvas, 16.5 x 12.5”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero



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18.  M. Nazaire, Haiti
Untitled, c. 1980s
Oil on canvas, 16.5 x 12.5”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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19.  J. Daniel, Haiti
Untitled, c. 1980s
Oil on canvas, 16.5 x 12.5”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero



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20.  Henres, Haiti
Untitled, c. 1980s
Oil on canvas, 16.5 x 12.5”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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21.  Antonio José Fernández, Venezuela
Caminos de pensamiento (‘Walks of thoughts”), 1982
Oil on canvas, 32 x 25.5”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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22.  Antonio José Fernández, Venezuela
Faces Nocturnas (“Nightly faces”), 1982 
Oil on canvas, 32 x 25.5”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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23.  E. Marime, Haiti
Untitled, c. 1980s
Oil on canvas, 35 x 46”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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24.  Anonymous, Cuba
Untitled, 2011
Oil on canvas, Four 10 x 9.5”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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25.  Anonymous, Haiti
Untitled, c. 1980s
Oil on canvas, 12.5 x 16.5”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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26.  Serge Augusto, Haiti
Untitled, c. 1980s
Oil on canvas, 16.5x 13”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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27.  A. Nazaire, Haiti
Untitled, c. 1980s
Oil on canvas, 12.5 x 16.5”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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28.  Raoul, Haiti
Untitled, c. 1980s
Oil on canvas 25.5 x 22”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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29.  C. Decimus, Haiti
Untitled, c. 1980s
Oil on canvas, 24.5 x 22.5”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero


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30.  Anonymous, Cuba
Negra con Tabaco (“Black woman with cigar”), 2011
Oil on canvas, 38 x 26”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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31.  B. Syluain, Haiti
Untitled, c. 1980s
Oil on canvas, 24 x 20.5”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero


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32.  G. Puljnice, Haiti
Untitled, c. 1980s
Oil on canvas, 21 x 24.5”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero


 

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33.  Dario Rio, Brazil
Untitled, 1990
Oil on canvas, 37.5 x 30.5”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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34.  Myreia Pereira, Venezuela
Fiesta en el Pueblo (“Party at the town”), c. 1980s
Lithograph, 32 x 35”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

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35.  Quinto M., Venezuela             
Simon Bolivar, c. 1980s
Sculpture in wood, 16 x 15”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero


 

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36.  P.R.M., Venezuela
El General Gómez, c. 1980s
Sculpture in wood, 26 x 6”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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37.  Anonymous, Venezuela
San Martín de Porres, c. 1980s
Sculpture in wood within a box, 11 x 12”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero


 

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38.  Anonymous, Guatemala
Untitled, c. 1980s
Wooden box, 10 x 13.5”                                     
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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39.  Anonymous, Mexico
El entierro (“The burial”), c. 1980s
Oil on leather, 11 x 7.5”
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero

 

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40.  Juanta, Cuba
Untitled, c. 1980s
Four panels, oil on canvas, 20 x 7” each
Collection of Aldemaro and Ana Romero