- October 9th 2014 –January 31st 2015
- Second Thursday Reception: October 2014, 6-9pm
- Indigo Arts
- Wednesday - Saturday: 12 PM to 6:00 PM
- Free & Open To The Public
Presented By Indigo Arts:
José Garcia Montebravo was one of Cuba’s leading naif artists, with a worldwide following.. While he was self-taught as an artist, he was hardly naive in the English sense of the word. He was a witty and sophisticated man, with a sure, fluid line in pen or brush. In his relatively short career the Cienfuegos geography teacher turned artist created a rich self-contained world of myth and fantasy.
Montebravo was a university graduate, who was for many years a professor of geography at the Villa Clara Superior Pedagogical Institute. Though he had painted since he was a child, Montebravo began to paint seriously in 1980 and had his first solo exhibition in 1984. He lived throughout his career in the Cuban city of Cienfuegos, where he became a leading member of the art community. He was an enthusiastic mentor to many younger artists. He exhibited individually and collectively, in Europe and the United States as well as in Cuba. Monte has been featured in many exhibits at Indigo Arts Gallery since 1999. In 2002 we were able to host his visit to our Philadelphia gallery. Art historian Gerald Mouial devoted a chapter to Montebravo in his 2004 book, Magic Art in Cuba.
Montebravo’s work on paper and canvas was informed by his vast curiosity. He had a keen knowledge of natural history and art history as well as the Afro-Cuban religions such as Santeria. As Mouial tells us, Montebravo especially identified with “El Monte” (“the Mount”), described as, “a sacred place where dead people, spirits, animals and plants live.” “I carry that world inside me, the world of animals, plants and messengers of each person.”