(1962 – )
portfolio of 5 color silkscreens, hand printed by Katsumi and Hidemi Nonura at Watanabe studio on folio white paper
30 x 24 inches.
Carlos Cardenas (born 1962 in Villa Clara, Cuba) is a Cuban artist based in New York. He completed his arts studies in 1983 at Havana’s Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) but Cardenas began to make a name for himself in the René Portocarrero workshop through serigraphy, drawing and painting. In Cárdenas’s work, parody, humor and caricature tend away from coarseness, although they may confront the audience with what is vulgar in a society in crisis. His work invites the spectator to question reality, to see beyond the world of the official word imposed by a system that had become senseless. He suffered censorship in a great manner. In his case, it was not a conjured-up badge of honor that he pinned on himself to face banishment from his country.