Jose Angel Toirac

Jose Angel Toirac
May 5, 2015 ARTempo
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Jose Angel Toirac

Artist's Statement

The first point of reference in my work, logically, is Cuba, but this doesn’t mean that the issues I take on are endemic to the island.

Day after day I go about archiving images from historical newspapers, magazines, and books that I later use as reference and work material. My creative process is to recycle all this material in relation to the idea that embodies each artwork.

My work is realist to the extent that I take as an object of study not reality but it’s image, the combination of visual habits that condition our comprehension and conception of the world. In this sense I accept Sartre’s maxim that what is important is not what we do, but that which we do with what has been done to us.

Brief Bio

Born:  1966

Year of First Sale:  1990


2012: Rockefeller Bellagio Center, Bellagio, Italy

2010 and 2004: Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2002: Art in General, New York, NY, USA

2001: Rhode Island School of Design, RI, USA


Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY, USA; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba; Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany;  Arizona State University Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA;  Centre G. Pompidou, Paris, France; Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, USA; Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA; Museé des Beux-Arts de Montreal; Montreal, Canada; The Bronx Museum, New York, NY, USA; The Daros Latinamerica Collection – Daros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland;  The Farber Collection, USA; and Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH, USA.