Las flores del regreso - Painting by Carlos Luna:
CCG Art Collection, Miami, Florida, USA.
Complejo Cultural Universitario, Puebla, Mexico, August 18, 2009 - January 17, 2010.
Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
USA , October 2, 2008 - February 23, 2009.
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, California, USA, June 12 - August
The Katzen, American University Museum, College of Arts and Sciences, Washington,
D.C., USA, January 29 - March 17, 2008.
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida, USA, August 24 - November 24, 2007.
Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, January 11 - May 5, 2007.
Carlos Luna, Personal Histories, Susquehanna Art Museum, Polk Museum of Art & The
Suzanne H. Arnold Gallery, Lebanon Valley College, p. 29, Published July 2006, Illustrated
Carlos Luna, El Gran Mambo, American University Museum, Museum of Latin American
Art (MOLAA), p. 33, Published 2008.
Pablo Picasso Ceramics, Carlos Luna Paintings, p. 235 (Cat. 95), Published 2008,
Las flores del regreso
The stylistic and technical characteristics of Luna’s work include heavy outlines,
highly abstracted forms, and a dense patterning that is also reminiscent of colonial
painting from Mexico and the Andes. Drapery is especially similar, with its brocade
details and stenciled effect – actually done by the artist in a relief technique
that is as tactile physically as visually. The tiny dots that outline many of his
designs are dabs of opaque paint, meticulously applied with the same obsessive attention
to detail that characterizes all his work and is typical of his work ethic. These
details give a kind of baroque aesthetic to his surfaces, filled with tiny brushstrokes
and a multitude of painterly elements. Cuban art has long been associated with this
tendency to fill the canvas, as the houses were filled with lace cloths, stained
glass windows, iron ornamentation, and quantities of small decorations. A profusion
of flowers, tropical fruits, and gardens overflowing with dense vegetation was the
inspiration for generations of Cuban painters.
- Carol Damian ©