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- Born in Havana, Cuba
- Earned a degree in Fine Arts, specializing in painting and drawing, from the
Academy San Alejandro of Havana in 1976.
- Earned a degree in Art History from the University of Havana in 1989.
1977-1984-Restored paintings in the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba
-Restored mural paintings in the prestigious Centro Nacional de Restauración,Conservación and Museología in Havana,Cuba.
-Rescued 17th and 18th century paintings fron old Havana’s historical center, whih was declared a heritage of mankind by UNESCO in 1982
-Restored the frescoes of Goya in the church San Antonio de la Florida and the mural of Vaquero Turcios in El teatro Real for the Spanish Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericano in Madrid, Spain
1996-2001-Worked as an Art restorer in New York City for:
- Art in Construction Ltd
- Felix Chavez Restoration Inc.
2005- Commissioned to restore the mural paintings of the ¨Victor’s Café¨ in New York City
2001-2004 Taught Art and Spanish Language in New York City for:
- Center of Urban Community Services
- HANAC Youth Services Program. Corona Beacon, PS 19Q. New York (After School Program)
2004-present Taught Art and Spanish Language in Washington D.C. for:
- Washington International School. Art teacher (bilingual).After School Program
- Spanish Now Institute.Maryland. Spanish Teacher
- Oyster Bilingual School .Art teacher (bilingual).After School Program
- Private classes to the son of the Ambassador of Spain in Washington
- Rock Creek International School. Art and Spanish teacher. Lower and Middle School (Full time)
-Septima Clark PCS.Art teacher.(bilingual) After School Program
-Centronia.DC Bilingual School.(bilingual) Art teacher. After School Program
-Columbia Heights Educational Campus.Spanish Teacher (Long Term Substitution)
-Commnunity Academy Public Charter School (bilingual).Art teacher (Full time)(2008-2009)
- Ministry of Culture of Cuba, 1991
Prize awarded for the research concerning the restoration of the cloister of Convento
de Santa Clara and buildings of the Old Square in Havana
- Heart of DC.John A. Wilson Building. City Hall Art Collection. 2006. Washington D.C.
- Artist Fellowship Program-2009. DC Commission on Art and Humanities.
Centro Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museología Havana, Cuba, 1993-94
Latin American cultural roots.
Pattern of design in contemporary art.
Research in polychromies in colonial buildings
Instituto de Conservación y Restauración de Bienes Culturales in Madrid, Spain
Restoration techniques in cultural goods.
Museo Nacional Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain
Restoration techniques in Contemporary Art.
Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies, Graduate Center CUNY
Queensborough Community College Art Gallery CUNY
City Hall Art Collection (The John A. Wilson Building) in Washington D.C.
Inés López, Commercial Attaché of Spain in Prague, Czech Republic
Eva Kutisova in Prague, Czech Republic
Federico Palomera, Consul General of Spain in Melbourne, Australia
Faustino Quintanilla, Director of the QCC Art Gallery in New York
Havana Bay Café in New Jersey (Private collection of Romelio Rivera)
Alfredo Vicente, Chancellor of the Embassy of Spain in Guatemala
Private collections in New York City and other cities of the U.S.
Private collections in Madrid, Alicante, Barcelona and other cities of Spain
AUTHOR TITLE PUBLICATION DATE
Johanna Halford-MacLeod Six Degrees of Abstraction City Hall Art Collection Catalog 2006
David Furchgott A Converging Global Palette City Hall Art Collection Catalog 2006
Madeline del Toro Cultural Diversity Expressed Abstractly Latin Long Island 2002
Carlos Bergantinos QQC Art Gallery Noticias del Arte 2001
Hugo Iriart Appearance Stripped Bare Mexican Cultural Institute Catalog 2001
Carlos Bergantinos Ramon Menocal Leon Noticias del Arte 2001
Elissa Blount Multi-Media Rumba Practicum 2001
J Judy Collischan Time Drawing On Neuberger Museum of Art Catalog 2000
Mark Daniel Cohen End Papers Review 2000
Mauricio Font Cuban Counterpoints Cuba Project-The Graduate Center 2000
Arthur V. Claps Exploration of Latin American Art St. John’s Today 1998
Eduardo Marceles Latin American Art El Puente Latino 1998
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2006 “ Inner worlds”, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington D.C.
2005 “ Signos para Cuba”, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Washington D.C.
2001 “Bajo el umbral de la conciencia”, Queensborough Community College Art Gallery, CUNY, New York
2000 “Transculturaciones, Ajiacos, Poéticas mezcladas”, Cuban Counterpoints: The Fernando Ortiz
Symposium on Cuban Culture and History, The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York
1999 “Spain, Africa…Cuba: Before the Presence of the Immense”, Skoto Gallery, New York
1995 Mitsubishi Motors, Prague, Czech Republic
1995 Vida Gallery, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
1995 U Knihomola Gallery, P, Czech Republic
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2007 Hispanic Heritage Month, November 2007. Exxon Mobil Headquarters Building. Fairfax, Virginia
2006 “ The John A. Wilson Building”, City Hall Art Collection, Washington D.C.
2005 “ International Small Works Competition” , International Visions-The Gallery, Washington D.C.
2004 'Black Circus', Gallery M, New York
2004 'Los avecindados', Jadite Gallery, New York
2003 'Los infinitos rostros de Dios', Healing Arts Gallery, New York
2002 Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York
2001 “Apariencia Desnuda”, Mexican Cultural Institute, New York
2001 “Presence”, Skoto Gallery, New York
2001 “A Celebration of Orúnmilá”, Institute of Yoruba Cultural Studies, New York
2000 “Painting the Americas”, Painting and Sculpture from Cuba to Harlem, Gallery M, New York
2000 “New Yorkers”, Queensborough Community College Art Gallery, New York
2000 “Selections”, Skoto Gallery, New York
2000 “End Papers: 1890-1900 and 1990-2000”, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York
1999 Skoto Gallery, New York
1998 “Latin American Art in the 90s”, St. John’s University Gallery, New York
1998 “Spiritual Images”, D’Zora House in association with the New York Public Library, New York
1997 “Share the spirit of angels”, Colombian Consulate Art Gallery, New York
1997 Multi Cultural Club, Hunter College, New York
1995 “Latin American Art”, Barceló Hotel Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
PERSONAL STATEMENT AS AN ARTIST
The main purpose of my work was on a earlier time to evoke the essence of “Cubanity”: contemporary aspects of Cuba’s social evolution as well as elements derived from cross-cultural influences such as magic, traditions and spirituality contributed by African and Spanish culture. As expressed by Fernando Ortiz, Cuba's preeminent ethnologist, Cuban identity possesses enduring qualities in which cross-culturalism and syncretism are recurring themes that engender the artistic images reflected in my work. During many years I worked in thematic such a afro-Cuban religions, old buildings layering and other social and cultural issues. As an example about it I remember how through my vast experience restoring murals in Old Havana I discovered the fascinating layered polychromes hidden for centuries inside the walls and facades of the colonial architecture. The baroque ambiance created by deterioration and violence inflicted on them by tropical light prompted me to show this in my series “Homage to Havana”.
As for 1992 when I began living in Europe (Western and Eastern) and later in New York. I broadened my thematic spectrum. I began depict universal themes related to human complexities, such as, psychology, philosophy and religion, while integrating my Cuban identity in the work, reflecting a sense of universality
I usually have depicted both cross-cultural Cuban world and the other themes explained above through “gestural painting” and “surrealist automatism”, both methods derived from Abstract Expressionism, which I consider the most suitable vehicle for the vision I have about how the world and society evolve around me..
As a citizen of the world I perceive the political, social and cultural events of this world and reflect these events through a broad, unencumbered, freedom of expression. I rely on the subtle negotiation between the sources of occurrences and my conscience where ideas, concepts and images are configured.
.I am always questioning the process of creating images, being aware that in Art, the object and its representation can be similar but they are definitely not the same. The 'thing' in itself differs from 'the thing for us' being the latter an aspect of the first and therefore, the world depicted in my paintings has a highly subjective component.
STATEMENT AS AN ART AND SPANISH TEACHER
I have always been interested in children’s Art Education as a field which allows me to research about how creativity affects the children’s development. Based on this idea I have been working as a children’s Art teacher since 2000 mostly at After School programs. The experiences obtained in this field made me aware of the extremely important role the creativity process plays in the children’s learning skills and therefore how education should take this fact into account in order to enhance intellectual and emotional intelligences, the two factors that lead to success.
As a Spanish language teacher, I do believe that it is precisely through an intercultural exchange that my students get motivated and learn how to use information about other realities in order solve their own social and personal problems with facts.
Ramon Menocal joined Fine Art America on December 21st, 2010.