Cuban Artist Doing Workshop And Talk At Wag

In conjunction with the exhibition Cuba Avant-Garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber Collection, on at the Winnipeg Art Gallery from October 22 until January 10, Cuban artist Dalvis Tuya Valido will be a visiting artist at the WAG from November 16 to 23.

“The WAG has partnered with Art City, Graffiti Gallery, and the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery to bring Dalvis Tuya Valido to Winnipeg,” says Director Dr. Stephen Borys. “He will be involved in activities at all four of these institutions, a fine example of arts groups working together. We hope our visitors will enjoy meeting him and thereby add another layer to their understanding of Cuban art.”

"We are very pleased to have the opportunity to bring Dalvis to Winnipeg. We know he is excited to visit Canada, and Winnipeg in particular, to meet people, and get a sense of our rich and varied cultural community. He is an internationally respected, highly skilled artist and we are fortunate to have the support of volunteers, individuals, and organizations in the community to assist us with this project." says Michael Boss, Head of WAG Studio Programs.

At the WAG’s Art for Lunch program on Wednesday, November 18, Dalvis will give a talk with Ray Dirks, Curator of the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery. He will be discussing his own work and offering insights on the artists in Cuba Avant-Garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber Collection. Ray Dirks has worked with artists and communities in Cuba several times. In 2008 he mounted an exhibition at MHCG of contemporary Cuban art.

Dalvis will also be conducting a two-day mixed media workshop at the WAG on November 21 and 22. Deadline to register for the workshop is October 29.

Dalvis Tuya Valido studied at Vocasional School of Arts, Escuela Nacional de Arte and Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. From 2001 to 2003, he was a professor at the Provincial Academy of Fine Arts Eduardo Abela. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Cuba, Canada, Spain, Switzerland, and New Zealand. Using unusual materials, he creates imaginative images that suggest a sense of dislocation and reflect on the individuals’ place within the mass of humanity.



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