Biography

I was born in post-revolutionary Cuba in 1987, and educated in an academic  setting heavily governed by the Russian Academy. This frame of reference is  evident in all of my work. To deny my experiences, perceptions and the impact  of history would be disregarding my own existence. These influences are the  lens through which I create and the motivation that propels me. 

Cuban history has guided me in a variety of ways. On the one hand, it allows me  to rethink the way storytelling is part of our memories. On the other, it allows me  to question the accuracy of history and its telling. This conflict absorbed me  during my early years and continues to engage me as I complete my artistic  education. Currently, this near-obsession with the past translates into figures,  scenarios, and most importantly, the recreation of my own stories. 

In Cuba, I was exposed to figurative arts by the presence of the Russian  Academy. This presence, as well as the censorship of contemporary art and the  limited access to information, was the accepted dogma. Consequently, I  understood that decontextualizing epochs and artistic symbols was the tool I  could use to establish a connection between the present and the past. The  resulting work provides an escape from reality and creates an illusory world. I am  more fascinated in altering history than depicting it accurately.

CV

Born 1987, Holguin, Cuba  

Resides Prospect, United States  

  

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) 

2020 Dancing on the Couch, Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH  

 Keeneland Couture, New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY  

 Personality Plus, Kore Gallery, Louisville, KY  

2019 New Works, Weinberger Fine Art, Kansas City, MO  

 “Modern Nobility”, Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH  

 “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) 

2020 Mix it Up! New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY 

 Moscow International Foto Awards Winner’s Exhibition, Moscow, Russia 2019 Dress Up, Speak Up: Regalia and Resistance, 21c Museum, Cincinnati, OH   Mix it Up! New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY  

 “Endless Summer”, Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH  

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

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

 “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 

2020 Honorable Mention, 2020 International Photography Awards, Los Angeles, CA   Honorable Mention, 2020 Prix de la Photographie de Paris, Paris, France   Fine Art Photographer of the Year, 2020 Moscow International Photo Awards, Moscow, Russia  Gold Award, 2020 Moscow International Photo Awards, Moscow, Russia  Gold Award, 2020 Moscow International Photo Awards, Moscow, Russia   Honorable Mention, International Color Awards, Beverly Hills, CA  

2019 Honorable Mention, 2019 Tokio International Photo Awards, Tokio, Japan   Bronze Award, 2019 Moscow International Photo Awards, Moscow, Russia  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 

Maker’s Mark Distillery, KY 

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 

La Periquera Museum, Holguin, Cuba 

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 

2020 Horse Trilogy commissioned by Breeder’s Cup, Maker’s Mark, and Keeneland, Lexington, KY 2019 Mural commissioned by Origin Lexington Hotel, Lexington, KY  

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

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