Carlos Gamez de Francisco
I was born in post-revolutionary Cuba in 1987, and educated in an academic
setting heavily governed by the Russian Academy. This frame of reference is
evident in all of my work. To deny my experiences, perceptions and the
impact of history would be disregarding my own existence. These influences are
the lens through which I create and the motivation that propels me.
Cuban history has guided me in a variety of ways. On the one hand, it
allows me to rethink the way storytelling is part of our memories. On the other, it
allows me to question the accuracy of history and its telling. This conflict
absorbed me during my early years and continues to engage me as I complete
my artistic education. Currently, this near-obsession with the past translates into
figures, scenarios, and most importantly, the recreation of my own stories.
In Cuba, I was exposed to figurative arts by the presence of
the Russian Academy. This presence, as well as the censorship of contemporary
art and the limited access to information, was the accepted dogma.
Consequently, I understood that decontextualizing epochs and artistic symbols
was the tool I could use to establish a connection between the present and the
past. The resulting work provides an escape from reality and creates an illusory
world. I am more fascinated in altering history than depicting it accurately.