Salto al Vacio (Jump into the Void), 1995
ink on handmade paper
27 in. x 21 in.
Jose Bedia (born 1959 in Havana, Cuba) is a latin artist based in Miami. Bedia has studied the ritual art of the world’s aboriginal cultures in the belief that there is a universal language of cosmos and existence. He is a priest of palo monte, an African religion practiced in Cuba. The eternal cycle of life and death, the sacred nature of plants and animals, and shamanistic transformation rituals are common themes in his work.
Salto al Vacio was a reference to a famous 1960 photograph of the french artist Yves Klein leaping off a building. Like Bedia, Klein considered himself a shaman who could straddle the physical and spiritual realms. There is an element of the sublime, as the artist faces the seemingly endless universe, and feels engulfed and overwhelmed by it.
Purchased in honor of Richard Shack with funds from: JoAnn & Robert Bass, Sy &
Joyce Chadroff, William & Marilynn Gladstone, Jaime Marquez & Janice Shack-Marquez, Merri Mann & Harris Reibel, Natalie & Dr. Gilbert Snyder, Jose Vilarello,
Gino de Schryver & David Borgert, Judy & Dr. Carl Chestler, Helene & Moe Kirschner, Janet McAliley & Robert Katims, Howard P. Rothberg & Paul Scolieri, Fred Snitzer, Lynda & Russ Bubb, Mary Doyle, Ton Luyk, Hope Pomerance, Barbara Shack, Ruth Shack and Annsheila & Leonard Turkel
Cargo Cult, 2005
121 in. x 648 in.
Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
Purchased with funds provided by Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz and Diane and Robert Moss