With Tramas, the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) presents the first solo exhibition in the United States of the Cuban artist Gustavo Pérez Monzón. Drawn from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, the show features newly realized site-specific artworks, as well as historical drawings, and installations. Curated by Elsa Vega and René Francisco Rodríguez, the retrospective traces Pérez Monzón’s career through one of this most prolific periods. The show brings together more than 70 works created between 1979 and the late 1980s, the final decade that the artist lived and worked in Cuba. Among the works on display is Gustavo Pérez Monzón’s space-filling installation Vilos (1981/2015), a web of elastic threads on which small stones are suspended. The exhibition at the CIFO Art Space runs until May 1, 2016.
Gustavo Pérez Monzón: Tramas. Selected Works from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection. Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), CIFO Miami Art Week Brunch, Miami, December 4, 2015.
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Gustavo Pérez Monzón (b. 1956), began to gain recognition in the late 1970s, and participated in several group exhibitions including: Pintura fresca; Sano y Sabroso; De lo contemporáneo; and Trece artistas jóvenes, among others. Pérez Monzón’s first solo exhibition, Luna Llena, took place at the Casa de Cultura de Jaruco in 1980. A year later, his Serie A – Serie B was presented at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, and he participated in the legendary 1981 exhibition Volumen Uno as well. In 1982 he represented Cuba at the Paris Biennial.
Pérez Monzón decided to give up painting in the late 1980s, and began to focus his attention on teaching art. In the early 1990s he moved permanently to Mexico, where he still resides. Today he is the director of the Academia Morelense de las Artes (Fine Arts Academy in Morelos State) in Cuernavaca, Mexico.