Born in Havana, Cuba in 1970.
Lives and works São Paulo/Brussels
I use Self-reference within my work as a justification that keep me inside the phenomena I am talking about, a way of watching myself on a mirror instead of pointing into another.
I want to push out a sensorial discharge of the transformation you pass by in your life, using a body as an instrument, the body as the main protagonist of our existence, it suffers, loves, grows, falls apart.
My series I was Born kind of blues is a referential metaphor to Miles Davis album Kind of Blue, which transmits feelings of a very diverse nature and states of mind in a kind of "Blues-Jazz" mixture. The title is an associative appropriation of two different media which are "playing" with the same emotions still have the purpose of being part of the speech instead being the speaker.
I normally work on the base of a kind of imaginary with an apparently peaceful spirit and visually romantic, but it has a deep charge of loneliness, it is a visual paradox where the fact that you are quietly sharing very close portions of space with others does not mean you are emotionally in plenitude, it is just a "shelter" to feel yourself protected.
I am talking about my own conflicts and other's. I've kept an interest in manipulating light, including zones of darkness, shadow (as zones of silence), where you whisper to hide your real feelings. I use photography as an unwritten diary of people around me, contemporary society and myself as part of it.
Jorge Luis Álvarez Pupo
2005 "I was born kind of Blues". Centre for the development of Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba.
"Invoke Ogoun". Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil.
" 7 days in Toulouse", Toulouse Music Festival, France. (Main Artist)
2002 "Vivencias", Concha Ferrant Gallery, Cuba.
"Visions", Fototeca de Cuba.
"Reunion", Africa's House, Havana, Cuba.
"Roots", Africa's House, Havana, Cuba.
Selected group Exhibitions.
"Group Show", Skoto Gallery, New York
"Selected Works", Skoto Gallery, New York
"The other side of the Soul", Tenerife, Spain
"Descubrimientos" Award exhibition, PhotoEspaña-2006, El Matadero, Madrid. Spain
"The other side of the Soul", Kornhausforum, Bern, Switzerland
"Diaspora Cuba", La Saline Royale, Paris, France
"Alguien nos Mira". FNAC photo Collection. Museu Valencià de Il-Ilustració i la Modernitat
(MUVIM), Valencia, Spain
"Images entre Historie et Poésie", La collection photographique de la FNAC.
Conciergerie. Paris, France
"Religions of Cuba", Patterson Museum, New Jersey, USA
"Crosscurrents", Refugium Gallery (European month of photography), Berlin, Germany
"The other side of the Soul", Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba
"La photographie contemporaine à Cuba", FNAC Wilson, Toulouse, France
"Imágenes Havana", Centre for the development of Visual Arts, Cuba
"Diaspora Cuba", (Special mention of the jury) International Biennial for photography,
"Panorama of Cuban Photography", National Arts Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
"Pulsiones", José Martí National Library, 8th Havana Biennial, Cuba
"Cuba Today", Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Miami.
Cornell Museum of Art and
History, Palm Beach. (Photofusion-2003).
" Rituals", International Press Centre, Havana, Cuba
"La photographie contemporaine à Cuba", FNAC Etoile, Paris, France
Arte Cubano magazine
Fotografía Cubana Magazine
Washington Post (Interview to Viggo Mortensen)
El Dia, Spain
Art Fórum magazine
Paris Photo Magazine
Photo Magazine, France
Rézo Afrique magazine
Palm Beach Daily News, USA
Les annés Cuba, Editions de L´aube, 2002
Trance, Santa Monica, Percevalpress, 2003.
www.percevalpress.com (included on the Top Ten list in an article on November issue of Art Forum magazine 2004)
Mapas Abiertos : Contemporary Latin American Photography 1992-2002, Barcelona, Lunwerg Editions, 2005
El otro Lado del Alma, Switzerland, Oehrli editions, 2005
Special mention of the jury at the Biennale africaine de la photographie 2003 [ Rencontres de Bamako]
Finalist at Descubrimientos Awards, PhotoEspaña-2006
Museum of Albertina [Austria]
Dr. Mag. Alfred Weidinger [ Austria]
Pinacoteca do Estado [São Paulo, Brazil]
Govinda Gallery [Washington D.C.]
FNAC photographic collection [Paris]
Others private collections from United States, Brazil, Austria, France, Italy.
75 cm x 50 cm Ed. of 15 Price: 2 250 eur
100 cm x 66 cm Ed. of 10 Price: 4 375 eur
150 cm x 100 cm Ed. of 5 Price: 6 175 eur
Wandering Ways :
50 cm x 122 cm Ed. of 10 Price: 2 250 eur
80 cm x 205 cm Ed. of 5 Price: 4 375 eur
Specific Formats for piece entitled THE BLACK THINKER :
100 cm x 38 cm Ed. of 10 Price: 2 250 eur
Specific Formats for piece entitled ANGER :
66 cm x 200 cm Ed. of 5 Price: 6 175 eur
100 cm x 300 cm Ed of 1 Price: 7 400 eur
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