A touch of Latin American and Caribbean art in Beijing

By Zhou Jing
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Artwork by Cuban artist Li Dominguez Fong [Photo courtesy of the China Arts and Entertainment Group]

Seeking to explain the ideas behind his works, Cuban artist Li Dominguez Fong says: "This surrealist atmosphere dominates all my work and is a constant element that unifies it."

Speaking at the opening of an exhibition in Beijing highlighting 48 works by Latin America and Caribbean artists, Fong continues: "Another recurrent element is the lack of definition of the backgrounds: they are atypical spaces, bridges, stairs, roads, fountains, gardens… located in unidentified places. Because they all belong to the world of dreams, they are truly hallucinatory."

The artworks are on display through June 20 at the China World Art Museum.

Organized by the China Arts and Entertainment Group, the "Sharing the Beauty – Latin American and Caribbean Art Exhibition" presents 48 works including paintings, sculptures and installations created by Fong from Cuba, Man Yu Fung from Costa Rica, Plinio Avila from Mexico, and Gustavo Fernandez from Uruguay.

Artwork by artist Man Yu Fung from Costa Rica [Photo courtesy of the China Arts and Entertainment Group]

Fong expresses his ideas through mixed painting materials, Man Yu Fung tries to explore the answer to the existential question "who are we" by her oil paintings, Plinio Avila hopes to bring people of different continents together through his recreation of landscape paintings made by unknown Chinese painters, and Gustavo Fernandez intends to encourage more imagination by presenting his distinctive installations.

The exhibition also marks the Latin American Art Season that has been held for six consecutive years, said exhibition director Yin Peng at the opening ceremony on June 14, adding that the art season had become an open platform for international cultural exchanges.

Earlier this year, 10 young Chinese artists were invited to attend the month-long 13th Havana Biennial Art Exhibition in Cuba's capital from April 12 to May 12. It was the first time for Chinese artists as a delegation of China had taken part in a major artistic event in the Caribbean country.

The Chinese team displayed 20 pieces and sets of artworks at the Great Theatre of Havana, including works in a variety of genres such as oil paintings, sculptures, photographic works, videos and installations. They also engaged in a number of local and international cultural exchange activities in Havana.

Exactly a century ago, British novelist William Somerset Maugham wrote: "Art is a manifestation of emotion, and emotion speaks a language that all may understand." Hence, the selected pieces from Latin American and Caribbean countries and from China are seen as speaking in a language that both artists and their audiences will understand, and their artworks will serve as a bridge bringing together people from different corners of the world.

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