Osmeivy Ortega | UN TE EN EL TROPICO (A Tea In the Tropics)
42 x 42 inches | woodblock print on archival paper | framed in silver and black wood
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ABOUT THE WORK
In the home of Ortega’s grandmother, birds, rabbits, climbing plants and butterflies would wander through the house with impunity, considered part of the family. Here a tomeguin finch, native only to Cuba, gives a knowing look. The tomeguin, only 4 inches in size, mates for life and will always return to its mate. This Cuban lovebird’s mission in life is finding its cup of tea or mate. This oversized print was created too large for a traditional printing press and so Osmeivy printed it meticulously by hand, a testament to love on a grand scale.
ABOUT OSMEIVY ORTEGA
Living and working in Havana, Cuba with a studio on the grounds of the prestigious ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte), Osmeivy Ortega is an artist surrounded by strong cultural and physical ties to the natural world. Ortega first graduated from the ISA and is now a professor there, fostering a renewed interest in progressive printmaking techniques. Already a sensation in Cuba, Ortega has had solo exhibitions of his work in Washington DC and the Cleveland Institute of Art as well as numerous group exhibitions within the United States as well as Mexico and Spain. His work is dominated by his connection to animals and the natural world, each “portrait” speaking to a metaphysical sense of shared emotion between animals and humans.
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