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CARLOS GAMEZ DE FRANCISCO

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Painter and fine art photographer Carlos Gamez de Francisco’s artistic identity was shaped in Cuba at a time when one could only create something out of nothing

Carlos Gamez de Francisco (b.1987, Holguin, Cuba) lives and works in Prospect, KY. He has received numerous awards including the Museum Guild Purchase Award at Evansville Museum; the SAIC Distinguished Scholarship at The Art Institute of Chicago; the Key to the City of Louisville by Mayor Greg Fischer; and the “Dreammakers” Artist in Residence at Muhammad Ali Center. He has had solo shows at 21c Museum, Bentonville, AR; Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY, Hardcore Art Contemporary Space, Miami, FL; Muhammad Ali Museum, Louisville, KY; and the Colonial Museum of Fine Arts, Havana. Gamez de Francisco is represented in the collections of the 21c Museum, Louisville, KY; the Fashion Resource Center at The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; the Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center, Miami, FL; and the Louisville Metro Hall, Louisville, KY. 


 
 

EDUCATION

2016     School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Distinguished Scholarship.

2006     Jose Marti Fine Arts School. Holguin, Cuba

2004     Raul Gomez Garcia Fine Arts School.  Holguin, Cuba
Independent study with Cuban artists Miguel Angel Salvo, Cosme Proenza, and Harry Ruiz.

 SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)

2019      “Specimen Lost in a Tropical Island”, New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY

2018     “An Uncommon Vision:  Equines, Archetypes, and Allegories”, New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY

              “The Power of the Powerless”. Moremen Moloney Contemporary, Louisville, KY

2017      New Work. Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY

              “FAQ’s 1789-1987”. Moremen Moloney Contemporary, Louisville, KY

2015     “Troubling Beauty: Myth and Metaphor in Contemporary Costume Drama”.  21c Museum, Bentonville, AR

2014     “Troubling Beauty: Myth and Metaphor in Contemporary Costume Drama”.     21c Museum, Louisville,  KY

             “Size Matters”. The Green Building Gallery, Louisville, KY

             “Cactus Petals, Fluctuating Asymmetry, and Crimes of Passion”. Tinney  Contemporary, Nashville,  TN

2013     “Pétalos de Cactus, Fluctuaciones Asimétricas, y Crimen Pasional”. Visual Art    Association, Holguín, Cuba

2012      “Radical Genealogy: The Decline of Dauphins, Courtesans and Hounds".   Hardcore Art 

               Contemporary Space, Miami, FL

              “Trio”. Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

             “Black Portraits of Pomegranate Eaters”. Swanson Contemporary, Louisville, KY

2011     “Cuban Now” 21C Museum, Louisville, KY

2010     “The Last Words of Louis XVI” Muhammad Ali Museum, Louisville, KY

2009      “Fungus for Parry-Rombeg”. Les Arts Gallery, Balearic Islands. Spain

2008      “The Last Little Vincent and Jean Puy”. Colonial Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba

2006      “The Hole of the Mirror”. Ibero-American House, Holguín, Cuba

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)

2018       46 International Art Exhibition, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, Brownsville, TX

               PHOTO’ 18. Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY

               “Endless Summer”, Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

               “Keep your Clothes ON”, New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY

                30th Anual Decatur Arts Festival, Decatur Arts Alliance, Decatur, GA

                2018 Art at the Center Juried Exhibition, Overland Park, KS

                “Merton Among Us”, 849 Gallery, KyCAD, Louisville, KY

2017        45th Mid-States Craft Exhibition, Evansville Museum, Evansville, IN

               “Mistrz i morze”, ArtGalle Galeria, Szczecin, Poland

2016       Context Art Miami, Ai Bo Gallery, Miami, FL.

               Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center, Miami, FL

              “Cuban Fried Chicken”, MAC Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, FL

              “Cuban Art: Influence and Articulation”. Moremen Moloney Contemporary, Louisville, KY

              “Navigate”, 1619 Flux Art + Activism, Louisville, KY

2015       New Blood Festival, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

                Art Southhampton, Glenn Aber Contemporary, NY

2014       “Latin Views 2014”. Alexey Von Schlippe Gallery, Groton, Connecticut

               “Miami New Media Festival 2014”. The Chill Concept. Miami, FL

                Art Hamptons, NY, Glenn Aber Contemporary

                Art Palm Beach, FL, Glenn Aber Contemporary

2013       “NSHMBA Louisville Fundraising & Awards Gala”. NSHMBA, Louisville, KY

               “Dis-semblance: Projecting and Perceiving Identity”. 21c Museum,  Cincinnati,    OH

               “Acuarelas III”. Lombillo Palace, Havana, Cuba

2012        Scope -Art Basel, Miami, Hardcore Art Contemporary Space.

               “Latin Views”. Alexey Von Schlippe Gallery, Groton, Connecticut

2011       “Mada New Media Festival’11”. Hardcore Art Contemporary Space, Miami,     FL

               “Contemporary Realism”. Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

               “Acuerelas II”. Lombillo Palace, Havana, Cuba

2010      “Fronteras Desdibujadas” Periquera Colonial Museum, Holguin, Cuba

               "EKLEKTICITY." George Rodez Gallery, Miami, FL

2009       “Drove my wife crazy”.  Pyro Gallery, Louisville, KY

2008       “Cuban Artists”. Rome, Italy

               ”Dachshund, a Legend”.  Humboldt professorship, University of Havana. Havana, Cuba    

AWARDS

2018    Honorable Mention,  30th Anual Decatur Arts Festival, Decatur, GA

2017    Museum Guild Purchase Award, Evansville Museum, Evansville, IN

2016    Ox Bow Merit Scholarship, Ox Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI

           Capital Professional Development Program, 21c Museum, Louisville, KY

2015    SAIC Distinguished Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL          

             SAIC Grants, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

             Kurtich Travel Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2012     Key to the City of Louisville by Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville, KY

2011     Norman Kohlepp Merit Awards. Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, KY

2010     Capital Professional Development Program, 21c Museum, Louisville.

2009   “Dreammakers” Artist in Residence. Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville, KY

2008     City Award. Visual Art Association, Holguín, Cuba

2007     Best Performance. XXI Provincial Visual Art Exhibition, Holguín, Cuba
Best Short Film in the Seventh

             National Festival of Audiovisual “By First Time” Cuba

2006     Exhibit of Illustrated Poetry. Holguin Gallery, Holguin, Cuba

            

COLLECTIONS

Evansville Museum, Evansville, IN

21C Museum, Louisville, KY

Fashion Resource Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Cuba Ocho Museum & Performing Art Center, Miami, FL

Polanco’s Collection, Havana, Cuba

Louisville’s Metro Hall, Louisville, KY

Muhammad Ali Museum, Louisville, KY

Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville, KY

Gamez de Francisco´s works are also in private collections in the United States, Spain, Luxembourg, Ecuador, Italy, Argentina, Costa Rica, and Mexico.

  

 PUBLIC PROJECTS

2017 Mural commissioned by Google and LVA, Louisville, KY

 OTHERS

2012 La Boca del Lobo International Film Festival, Madrid, Spain

2010 “3Rd Annual KY Short Film & Video Showcase”. 21C Museum, Louisville, KY

2007 VII National Festival of Audiovisual “By First Time”, Holguin, Cuba