Gustavo Pérez Monzón: Tramas
December 2, 2015 ­ May 1, 2016
Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, Florida
Curators: Elsa Vega and René Francisco Rodríguez

MIAMI, November 06, 2015 ­ The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) will present a solo exhibition by Gustavo Pérez Monzón at the CIFO Art Space in Miami, the artist¹s first solo exhibition in the United States. Gustavo Pérez Monzón: Tramas brings together nearly 70 works created between 1979 and the late 1980s, providing a close look at the artist¹s practice during the final decade that he lived and worked in Cuba. The exhibition, which is organized by CIFO Europe, first opened at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana, where it was on view in conjunction with this year¹s Havana Biennial.

Curated by Elsa Vega and René Francisco Rodríguez, the anthological exhibition traces Pérez Monzón¹s career through one of his most prolific periods. The exhibition will include a series of drawings, installations, and site-specific works reflecting Pérez Monzón¹s interest in exploring Geometric Abstraction, Abstract Expressionism, and Spatialism. Demonstrating an interest in logic and meaning that runs through his practice, works in the exhibition include Pérez Monzón¹s well-known series Tarot (1983, 1985 and 1986)‹decks of tarot cards that depict the traditionally representational figures in the deck through abstract, geometric drawings on cardboard‹as well as works from his series of drawings Configuration and 15 625 cm3 de relaciones (1981/2015), which derive their internal logic from underlying mathematical principles.  The exhibition will also feature emblematic examples Pérez Monzón¹s site-specific works, including both Vilos (1981/2015) and Hilos(1984/2015), which form dense matrices of wire and thread, reflecting the artist¹s exploration of line and form in space.  Each site-specific work will be re-created by the artist for this exhibition.

While Monzón¹s work is grounded in a conceptual framework, he takes inspiration from sources as diverse as mathematics and numerology. ³In a general sense,² says Pérez Monzón, ³I created works that functioned like systems sustained by a logical order and that were at the same time perceived emotionally with all the arbitrariness and depth that a work of art allowsŠ I don¹t see that the works I made are based on parameters associated with science or technical knowledge, but on arithmetical concepts, or rather, on numerological concepts. In numerology, numbers do not only express quantities; they also enclose meanings and, consequently, relations that give them an ordering.²

Gustavo Pérez Monzón (b. 1956), began to gain recognition in the late 1970s, and participated in several group exhibitions including: Pintura fresca; Sano y SabrosoDe lo contemporáneo; and Trece artistas jóvenes, among others. Pérez Monzón¹s 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.