Elvis Céllez

Elvis Céllez
March 2, 2015 ARTempo
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Elvis Cellez

Artist's Statement

“Elvis Céllez experiments with formality, transmitting by means of color the content of his works. We can not only talk to the figures, but also with tones, backgrounds, nuances that degrade around them. These resources make us feel the alleged aggression and anxiety in the situations that the pieces present… The cultural references of its habitat, not only brings one images, but also very strong experiences of rootlessness and loneliness, making one share in the brutality emanating from the dialogue between the figures, the encounter between bodies: assaulted, insecure, and exposed to the eyes of a voyeur, identifying with the criteria deemed “different” and always accused. Yet, the accuser is hidden, overlapped in that amorphous mass that is society.”

— Magaly Espinoza, Art Critic

Brief Bio

Born:  1972

Year of First Sale:  1997

Awards

2011: Creative Residency at the 26th Provincial Hall of October 20, Pinar del Rio, Cuba

2006: Premio CUBAneo “Artist of the Year”

Collections

Arizona State University Art Museum, USA; Art Museum of Pinar del Río, MAPRI, Cuba; Gallery Carmen Durango, Valladolid, Spain; and private collection in Germany, Costa Rica, Mexico and the UK.