OCTAVIO CUELLAR (b. 1964, Czech Republic/Cuba)

Place of residency: Miami, Florida, USA

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“I have discovered that I’m a terribly frustrated poet who dismembered his poems in sculptures, for not understanding that exist one words behind another.”

EDUCATION   1992     Graduated of Sculpture and Drawing, School of Visual Arts San Alejandro , Havana, Cuba

AWARDS

2011     First Prize of Sculpture, Art Fest @Doral, Carlos Albizu University, Miami, FL, USA

2000     Second Place, Erotic Art Salon, Gallery The Acacia, Havana, Cuba

1993     First Place, Small Sculpture Competition Format Fernando Boada, Havana, Cuba

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013     Tautology, Miami River Drive Art Fair, James L Knight Miami Convention Center, Brickell, Miami FL, USA

              Hedonism, Viceroy Hotel at Icon Brickell, Miami FL, USA

2010     Palimpsest, Gallery o2c-Art, Art Basel, Wynwood, Art District, Miami, FL, USA

2005     To exhale, Smoke Jazz and Supper Club, New York, NY, U S A

2002     The Art of Octavio Cuellar, J.L.S. Contemporary Art Gallery, Valle de Bravo, State of Mexico, Mexico

2001     Fugitive Spirit, La BOOM Show Center, Mexico City, Mexico

1999     Escaping of my body, Cigar Smokers Country Club and Habano Tobacco House. Istanbul, Turkey Upside down Century, Itinerant exhibition in Greece. May, Piraeus               Municipal Gallery; July,  Cultural Center of the Kephalonia Island’s government and Museum of the University of Athens

1997     In silence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX), City of Havana, Cuba

             Eyes that prefer to imagine, Gallery The Acacia, City of Havana, Cuba

             Things of the soul, Andalucía Plaza Hotel, Marbella, Spain

             Eyes prefer imagine, Gallery The Acacia, Havana, Cuba

1995     The essential is invisible to the eyes, Octavio Cuellar sculptures, Provincial Center of Plastic Arts and Design, Havana, Cuba

1993     Spiritual, Provincial Center of Plastic Arts and Design, Havana, Cuba

1992     Reflections, Art Center 23 y 12, Havana, Cuba

 

COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS

2017     Memories & Challenges of Contemporary Latin American Art, Magnetic Pompano, Creative City Collaborative & Pompano Citi Centre, Pompano Beach Dreams,                      Sarcasm, Cynicism, with Cuban artists Luis Cabrera (printmaking), Cesar Beltran and Teo Beceiro (painting), Art & Design Gallery, Miami, FL, USA

2016     Intangible Flight, with the Cuban painter David Rodriguez and Brazilian painter Claudio Souza Pinto, Art & Design Gallery, Miami, FL, USA

2015     Nueva Zona Franca, Canvas sponsor, Latin American Art Pavilion Project,  Red Dot Fair during Art Basel week, Miami, FL, USA

2014     Three talents, three artists, Stone House of San Bernardino Contla, Tlaxcala, Mexico

2011     Miami Wave Project (booth), International Art Fair Naples, Naples, FL, USA (Curated by Sergio Garcia, artist)

2007     Europe-Latin America Meeting, J.L.S. Contemporary Art Gallery. Valle de Bravo, State of   Mexico,  Mexico

2003     Visual Images, El Carmen Museum. Mexico City, Mexico

2001     5th Cuban-Mexican Visual Arts Salon, Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

2000     3ra. Teodoro Ramos Blanco Sculpture Biennial and 98th Anniversary of Teodoro Blanco’s   Birth Theoretical Meeting, Teodoro Ramos Blanco Gallery, Havana, Cuba

              CODEMA 2000, Cuban Contemporary Sculpture Salon, International Forum of Environmental  Sculpture, Center for the Development of Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba

            1st Erotic Art Salon Exhibit, Gallery The Acacia, Havana, Cuba

1999     Contemporary Cuban Exhibition, Cuban Embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia

           

1998     Exhibition Week of the Czech Culture, Gallery Art Galiano and Concordia, Havana, Cuba

1994     Cuban Contemporary Sculpture, Havana, Cuba

1993     Small format, Gallery L, Havana, Cuba

1992     Exhibit of the year with Cuban artists Manuel Mendive, Roberto Fabelo, Flora Fong, Nelson Dominguez, Zaida del Rio, Arturo Montoto, Pedro Pablo Oliva, Gallery                    The Acacia, Havana, Cuba


INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

2016     Art Medellin, September 16-19, “Trazos de Identidad” (Strokes of identity), Latin American Art Pavilion Booth, Curator Anaibis Yero, Plaza Mayor, Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia

2015     Red Dot Art Fair, December, Latin America Art Pavilion booth, Curator Anaibis Yero, Art Basel week, Downtown Miami FL, USA

2013     Miami River Drive Art Fair, December 5, James L Knight Miami Convention Center, Brickell, Miami FL, USA

2012     Biennial Visual Art LNVA, September 15- October 26, Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art at the University of Connecticut’s, Avery Point Campus, CT, USA

2010     RUTA 2010, International Juried Exhibition, February, Bakehouse Art Complex, Wynwood Art District, Miami, FL, USA

2004     2da Biennial Visual Arts in Yucatan, Cultural Institute of Yucatan, Mexico

1994     5th Havana Biennial (Contemporary Cuban Sculpture), May-July, Mariano Rodríguez Gallery,  Havana, Cuba

1992     ARCOS 92, Exhibit on the occasion of the Meeting between Two Cultures, September, Arcos Fair,  Madrid, Spain

 

COMMISSIONS

2017     Private Art Commission, Musician of Contra bass, sculpture (77 H x 34 W x 32 D inches), copper,  Miami Country Day School, Building Center for the Arts, Miami, FL, USA

2002    Private Art Commission, Espiritu prófugo (Spirit fugitive), twenty sculptures on human scale, copper, Rincon Dorado, Cuernavaca, Morelos State, Mexico

2000    Corporate Art Commission, Luego existo (Then I exist), three sculptures on human scale, copper,  Hostel   Los Frailes, Old Havana, Cuba

              Public Art Commission, Tourists, three sculptures on human scale, copper, Arenas Doradas Hotel, Varadero, Cuba

1999     Corporate Art Commission, The Monk, sculpture, copper, Basilica Minor of the San Francisco de   Assis Convent, Old Havana, Cuba

Public Art Commission, The Rhythm of Silence, four sculptures, variable dimensions, copper, Jazz   Café, Havana, Cuba

1997     Private Art Commission, Spainair Traveler, sculpture, copper, Spanair S.A. headquarter in Palma de  Mallorca, Spain

Private Art Commission, Slow Passage, sculpture, copper, Andalacia Plaza Hotel, Marbella, Spain

Public Art Commission, Appearance, sculpture, copper, Hotel Sotavento, Varadero, Cuba

1996     Public Art Commission, Presence, sculpture, copper, Hotel Arenas Doradas, Varadero, Cuba


 

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS SELECTION

CUBA

Hotel Arenas Doradas, Varadero, Matanzas

Hotel Sotavento, Varadero, Matanzas

Hotel Turquesa, Varadero, Matanzas

Paseo Galleries, Havana

Basilica of the Convent of St. Francis of Assis, Old Havana, Cuba

Havana Historian Eusebio Leal Spengler, Havana, Cuba

ECUADOR       

President National Football Federation Galo Roggiero

ENGLAND       

Halvor Astrup Collection

GUATEMALA   

Ricardo Arjona Collection

MEXICO          

Carlos Slim Collection

Hank González Family

De la Parra Family      

SPAIN              

Gabriel Canaues Collection (General Manager, “Meliá” Channel)

SYRIA              

Prince Faisal Abdula

USA                 

Senator Mark O. Hatfield Collection

Board Member RLH Properties S.A.B. de C.V Gordon Viberg, (Una piedra en tu zapato sculpture in his house in Colorado)

 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Print Media

Garcia, Nelson, “Octavio Cuellar”, section Arte divino Arte, Palabra Nueva Magazine, Year XXV, July-August 2016, No.216, p.74

“Esculturas y Arte Pictórico se exhiben en Casa de Piedra de Contla”, Cuarto de Guerra digital newspaper, May23th, 2014, Tlaxcala, Mexico.

Wifredo Lam Bulletin, “No pisotear lo hecho con el Corazon” (Do not trample on what is done with the Heart), 10th Havana Biennial, Wifredo Lam Center, 2009, Old Havana, Cuba.

Newspaper Editor, “Iddar de la Parra promueve al escultor Cubano Octavio Cuellar” (Iddar de la Parra promotes the Cuban sculptor Octavio Cuellar), El Heraldo de Mexico newspaper, September 2001

“Presencias de un escultor”, Arte & Artes Magazine, Mexican culture magazine, No.9, Year 3, Mexico City, Mexico

Perez, Yanet, “La vestimenta de un pecador” (The vestment of a sinner), Opus Habana

Magazine, Vol. III, No. 3-4, November 30, 1999

Diaz Romay, Alexis Raul, “El mago de Oz”, Habanera Magazine, 1997, Havana, Cuba.

“Crítica de la obra del escultor Octavio Cuéllar” (Critique of the work of the sculptor Octavio Cuéllar), Eyes that prefer to imagine exhibition, catalogue, words by the art history Professor Antonio Alejo, Gallery The Acacia, 1997, Havana, Cuba

“Octavio Cuéllar: como la materia hecha flor”, Lo esencial es invisible para los ojos exhibition,

catalogue, words by Lino Betancourt Molina, Provincial Center of Plastic Arts and Design, 1995,

Havana, Cuba

“Spiritual”, Spiritual exhibition, catalogue, words by the Cuban painter Cesar Lela Jimenez, Provincial Center of Plastic Arts and Design, 1993, Havana, Cuba


Website Publications

 

Latin America Art Pavilion 2017

http://www.latinamericanartpavilion.com/artists.html

Octavio Cuellar, “Observe”, Youtube, April 10, 2013.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlDHw5DnHfY

https://www.ecured.cu/index.php/Octavio_Cu%C3%A9llar_Campos, 2011

Art Naples & Octavio Cuellar, Naples, FL, USA, 2011 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7Ktic0OiSs

“Octavio Cuellar”, The Cuban Art Project website, 2011.https://thecubanartproject.com/artists-2/octavio-cuellar/

Garcia Tapia, Hugo “Muestra Octavio Cuellar su nueva obra escultórica”, El Universal newspaper, September 26, 2001, Mexico. http://archivo.eluniversal.com.mx/estilos/17297.html

Perez, Yanet, “La vestimenta de un pecador” (The vestment of a sinner), taken from Opus Habana Magazine, Vol. III, No. 3-4, November 30, 1999. http://www.opushabana.cu/index.php/articulos/29-articulos-artes-visuales/478-