Flashback, Rafael López Ramos

Cowry Art Studio is pleased to present an exhibition of selected works from different stages of López-Ramos' artistic practice through 40 years, since his first solo show (Muestra ecléctica, Galería 10 de Octubre, Havana), in December 1980. It includes several works from the 80s and 90s, other created during the period he resided in Canada (1997-2006), and the subsequent series he made in Miami: Mirroring Nature (2007-2010), Wonderland (2011-2014), and Aporias (2014-2017).

We fended off the “retrospective” label, as this is not an exhaustive compilation of works loaned from private collections, but one only comprising pieces in the artist's collection, which saved us the cumbersome process of loan agreements and shipping of artworks from different cities and countries.

A digital catalog of the exhibition is available, reproducing all artworks, and a selection of essays and reviews about them, plus an introductory text written ad hoc for this publication, which will be the first extensive documentation of López-Ramos work.

The show will run from December 1st 2020 to January 1st 2021, at Cowry Art Studio, North Miami. For visits in person, please make appointment here, or virtually viewing at this same web page where the exhibition catalog can be found just below.

Rafael Lopez Ramos, Flashback
Rafael Lopez Ramos, Flashback

Rafael Lopez Ramos, Flashback

Rafael López Ramos
Rafael López Ramos

Rafael Lopez Ramos, Flashback

Rafael López Ramos
Rafael López Ramos

Rafael Lopez Ramos, Flashback

Rafael Lopez Ramos, Flashback
Rafael Lopez Ramos, Flashback

Rafael Lopez Ramos, Flashback

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Artworks in the exhibition

1-  Betty y su cafecito, 2017, acrylic / cutout plywood, 29½" x 39¾".

2-  Untitled, 1987, ink and graphite on paper, 11¼" x 8¾".

3-  Greens & 4 Drippings, 2009, acrylic / canvas, 24" x 20".

4-  Jornada de la cultura cubana, 1989-2007, collage and vegetable fiber / cardboard, 38½" x 32". Exhibited at Killing Time, Exit Art, NY, May 2007.

5-  Insularidad + Cafeína, 2005, acrylic, collage & ground coffee / canvas, 24" x 30". Exhibition CAFÉ XII: The Journeys of Writers and Artists of the Cuban Diaspora.

6-  Flag, Air Conditioner & Sign, 2007, acrylic / canvas, 18" x 24".

7-  Masticando despacio lo crudo y lo cocido, 2001, oil / canvas on plywood, 18" x 24".

8-  Las Jaulas del Alma II, 2000 Acrylic on canvas, 31¼" x 24". Exhibited at Straight from the Heart, Alliance Française, Vancouver, Canada, 2000.

9-   A Hop and a Plum, 2016, acrylic / canvas, 24" x 30".

10- A los cuatro vientos (Tobacco series), 2003, acrylic and collage / canvas, 24" x 30".

11- Yawning All The Way to Heaven, 2014, acrylic / canvas, 11" x 14".

12- Brickell Twilight 2, 2010, acrylic / canvas, 40" x 30".

13- Will Captain America Bring Canada Dry, 2011, acrylic, latex and collage / canvas, 20" x 16".

14- Cubanidad es amor, 2005, acrylic, gesso, dirt and collage / canvas, 24" x 30".

15- Golden Trap, 2011, acrylic, collage and object / canvas, 24" x 30".

16- Untitled, 2014, wood, cardboard, grout, objects and bow, 6½" x 5¼" x 1⅛".

17- With Flying Colors, 2014, collage, acrylic and objects / panel, 15" x 7½" x 1½".

18- 10 cc of Global Air, 2014, wooden frame, plexiglas and air cushion, 9⅛" x 6¼" x 2⅛", Edition 2.

19- La Inmortalidad, 2002, acrylic and oil / canvas, 24" x 30".

20- A Long trip to Kyoto, 2004, acrylic and collage / plywood, 18" x 24".

21- Soy, Curry and Butterscotch, 1998, acrylic and collage / canvas, 24" x 36".

22- Primer Discurso en la Calzada (Eliseo Diego), 2005, acrylic, metal, gesso, dirt and collage / canvas, 24" x 20".

Reproduced in the book Cuban Artists Across the Diaspora: Setting the Tent Against the House, by Andrea O'Reilly Herrera, University of Texas Press, 2011.

23- “Yagruma ordena su terciopelo”, 2006, acrylic, collage, creyon and objects / canvas, 24" x 30". Reproduced in the book Cuban Artists Across the Diaspora: Setting the Tent Against the House, by Andrea O'Reilly Herrera, University of Texas Press, 2011.

24- Electric Boots, 2016, acrylic / canvas, 20" x 20".

25- Bumper-mirror, 2008, acrylic / canvas, 51½" x 36".

26- Dreadful Sky on LeJeune Road, 2010, acrylic / canvas, 30" x 40".

27- Synthesis - Antithesis No.2, 2016, acrylic / canvas, 20" x 20".

28- Red Van at Coral Way, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 20".