Brote con fondo rojo, 1998


Medium: Works on paper, Watercolor, gouache, pastel, charcoal and graphite on archival paper.
Size: 9 x 12.5 in. (22.9 x 31.8 cm.)
Movement: Contemporary Art



This is an excellent example of original Salinas work on paper, that is from his more recent works. It has a photorealist quality, as he obviously took a tremendous amount of time with this painting, to create a lifelike, tropical jungle sensibility. This work is warm, vibrant, sensuous, lush, compelling, gorgeous, and full of passion for life, nature, and physical creation. Salinas is quoted as saying: "Because of my connection and collaboration with poets and writers such as María Zambrano, José Angel Valente, Pere Gimferrer, and Michel Butor, I developed a concept of the language of the clouds. This consisted basically of a grey background with white as the main color of my palette–the white symbolizing clouds. I also used pictograms, ideograms, and strange alphabets like the Greek alphabet, the Hebrew alphabet, and the Iberian alphabet". On another occasion Salinas was quoted as follows: "To me, painting is not work. It is something that transcends labor. I love to be in my studio painting because I forget about everything else. I’m so concentrated on it that it is like a meditation. I concentrate on what I’m doing and I enjoy it while I’m doing it. I enjoy seeing a wide space being developed into something that has life. It’s always been the most important thing in my life. And architecture was never so.”
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This very accomplished Cuban Master has work in the permanent collection of over 35 significant museums, and has had over 100 solo shows worldwide.