José M. Mijares

José M. Mijares (1921 – 2004) Cuban

José Maria Mijares Fernandez. Born in 1921,Havana Cuba, died in Miami, Fl, 2004. In 1942 is admitted at San Alejandro´s Academy of Fine Arts, Havana. After finishing his academic studies, and with a solid professional formation, his instinct led him to search for more contemporary artistic information sources, finding them at United States and Mexico. In 1947 exposed his works for the first time in Cuba, and the Lyceum Lawn Tennis Club provided the artist a space, for the display of an interesting gouache collection. Later on, he obtains the National Paintings Prize, from the IV National Paintings, Engravings and Sculptures Salon, event that was an important milestone on his career. Vida en un interior (Life in an interior), one of his most known works, illustrates the definition process of his artistic expressive style, with a special poetic that valuates at the same time, the versatility of his plastic resources, and a exquisite sensibility handling different topics.

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 wifredo 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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