Considered as an important representative of twentieth-century Cuban painting, the creator returns to his hometown.
Known to some, unknown to others; a man with a cadenious step and a look that seems to be lost on the horizon splashes the streets of the Matanzas city until he reaches his studio in the historic center of the city, his name Lorenzo Padilla.
With a long artistic career; which covers almost 70 years of uninterrupted work; their first pieces take up those years of studies at the Tarascó Academy until the last ones made in his study recently.
His work is characterized by the coexistence generally of figurative and abstract elements interchangeably, the strong line of the line as an element, not only from the compositional point of view but as a motive and protagonist of the scene; the allegorical elements to the mythical, religious, the enigmatic; in symbiosis to a varied color palette accentuated by the exquisite use of light and its opposite face: the shadow.
During his long professional career he coexisted in the France of Wilfredo Lam and Agustín Cárdenas. Two of his major projects became possible: the first, with the creation of an art museum in the city, which houses one of the most important collections of African art worldwide; on the other side a space that helps the most needy artists: the foundation that bears his name.
In 2018 Padilla left the nation to host him since the 1960`s, France, to settle permanently in the city that saw him born in 1931; as he has expressed on one occasion with the desire to leave the earthly plane with a brush in his hand.
Guest artist of honor at the XIII Havana Biennial based in the city of Matanzas through the project “Intermittent Rivers”, a selection of his work can be appreciated from this month in the art community of Artecru as well as on the website of its foundation www.fondationlorenzopadilla.org