Gallery Exhibit: Abisay Puentes, Imposibilitados 


Abisay Puentes: Imposibilitados

Gallery at the Ann Felton Multicultural Center
Mon, Jan 23 - Tues, Feb. 28
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Artist Talk: Wed, Jan. 25, 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Reception: Wed, Jan. 25, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Artist Statement: 

In the imagination of all artists, lay all transcendent questions that human-kind have formulated in their heart and mind. In my artwork there are only a few questions as the center. Why do humans hurt each other? What is the reason for man’s evil? Why do men have bad nature?

The only answer I have found is: Because mankind is “IMPOSIBILITATO” (unable, helpless, without means, impossibility in man)

This is a spiritual and physical stage that makes possible an unhappy humanity. This impossibility became the product of man losing the purpose of existence. With this loss we have found pain, agony and disorientation. 

In my paintings I try to capture the diverse stages of impossibility. This is why this series has the same theme, feeling and internal message. Between the expressionism and the neo-romanticism I establish a pictorial-sonorous piece of work with its own time and space, making a greater connection with the viewer. 

About Abisay Puentes: 

Born in Pinar del Río, Cuba, May 1st 1974, Second son of a Baptist church pastor moved to the city of Habana in 1975. At an early age he became passionate about painting. His mother wanted him to become a musician and enrolled him in piano lessons in Seminario Bautista de La Habana. As a teenager he tried to study in the academy of art San Alejandro at La Habana, but unfortunately he failed to pass the difficult drawing exams to become a student of the prestigious academy of art. Abisay studied in a two year college that was very close to San Alejandro, he suspended his first year by not attending his final test just to try passing the talent exams. Abisay fails again; he gives up his studies at his previous school. His obsession was to learn and study art. 

A year passed and through some of his friends that studied in the National School of Art, he starts receiving painting, drawing, design and ceramic classes to obtain a higher level of preparation for the upcoming test. He starts art classes in San Alejandro, and moved by his faith; he begins to preach the word of God to his classmates along with his friends. Abisay projected a movie about the life of Jesus Christ on a big theatrical screen in the backyard of the school. This action brought him problems with the school’s directors. They prohibited all Christian students to talk about their faith with anyone, and they weren’t allowed to bring bibles or anything related to their beliefs. One day Abisay wore a shirt that said in front "Sonríe Jesús te Ama"(Smile Jesus Loves you). This brought rage to the school’s directors and he was terminated from the school; he was also threatened that if he lay a single foot in the school again, he was going to be taken by the police. Abisay, crying, at on the sidewalk in front of the school and made a promise. He was never going to try to study again in a communist school, where he could not be who he really was, express his beliefs and the essence of his being. 

He kept studying on his own by reading books and doing research, until he encountered a professor of art philosophy and history, Juan Enrique Guerrero. This teacher instructed Abisay on how to elaborate a piece of work pictorially, musically and poetically by making him feel that in each visual artist there is a musician and a poet as well. That all these things tie together, to convey a successful and powerful message. This encouraged Abisay to start his first series called "The Apocalypse of Abisay" in 1998 winning two drawing awards. Then he started his second series called "Lamentations of Abisay" a series that he is still working on today.
This group of art work could also be called "Times” because it features events that occurred in his lifetime "Apocalyptic", "Lamentation", "Rito Gular", "Imposibilitados" and other series. In this series "Imposibilitados", Abisay decides to fuse the art of painting and music. Poetry was incorporated since his series "Apocalypse" was created. His work in Cuba was generally unwanted, although he was able to exhibit in some galleries, thanks to the help of great people he met along the way. 

In 2004 Abisay decides not to exhibit in Cuba and turn his energy and strength towards studying musical theory, composing and orchestral conducting. In the summer of 2010 Abisay comes to the United States as a political refugee, he is currently living in the city of Syracuse, New York State where he continues painting and pursuing his dream as an artist.