Frank Chinea Inguanzo

United States of America

 

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The Artist

 

 

 

 

 

Frank Chinea inguanzo is a Miami based artist…He was born in Santa Spiritus, Cuba, in 1952.
He emigrated to the USA in 1962.
 
Now, after so many years living in the USA , he is thinking to go back to his roots and planning to visit Cuba the beautiful island where both my families, the Inguanzos and the Chineas had settled after emigrating respectively from Asturias (Spain) and  Piamonte (Italy) in the last century...
He doesn’t exactly know yet if this pilgrimage on the ground of his with will still impact him, but if this were the case, he does not rule out the idea to find a workshop in the middle of Havana and buy it...

His new project, which is in the first stage of research, will be devoted to the way in which the «Children of the Cold War» were traumatised by this constant self-destructive madness from which Man never seems to escape by not taking into account the lessons of the past, and in particular here, by the consequences of political propaganda carried out to its paroxysm: On the one hand, the egemonic communism that the USSR wanted to impose on the whole world, on the other hand the primary, unthinking anti-communism of the United States of the 40s and 60s, claiming to be the «white knight» of the free world...

Frank Chinea Inguanzo is one of those children, having suffered the loss of his roots by emigrating with his family from a totalitarian regime, only to be subjected to psychological pressure of another kind, the permanent fear instilled by the authorities right up to the American teachers of being possibly hit at any moment by the destructive Russian atomic bombs...
This marks forever an existence, a work...

 
 
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"Los perritos de papá" (Dad's puppies)

Frank Chinea Inguanzo - 2006

30 x 40 x 0.2 inch (h x w x d)

Pastel on Paper

©Frank Chinea Inguanzo all rights reserved

 

"Frank Chinea is a late neo-romantic artist of the 21st century.  He recovers the apocalyptic spirit of those times, stressing his self observation and his inner experience into his works; he projects the muses and the ghosts of his soul. Black scenarios and stormy views populate his paintings.  Diluted figures and dislocated entities emerge from the dark scenarios as his way of presenting his subconscious world. Expressionistic traits and contorted brushstrokes over thick impasto define his dramatic approach to painting. His works, in the tradition of William Blake or Arnold Böcklin, present heroic figures in abyssal situations. They stand as shadows and specters of gloomy allure. An ethereal background of indecipherable universe sets as a dream like imaginary in which the artist lives. Frank launches angels and demons of an artificial paradise of life and death.  He deeps with an excruciating awareness into his psyche and the abyss of his unconscious."

 

Milagros Bello, Curator

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Frank Chinea Inguanzo by Curator Milagros Bello

 
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"Que Sera de Ti ?" (What will become of you ?)

Frank Chinea Inguanzo - 2005

30 x 40 x 0.2 inch (h x w x d)

Oil on Canvas

©Frank Chinea Inguanzo all rights reserved

 

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"Life Upside Down"

Frank Chinea Inguanzo - 2017

16 x 6 feet

Oil on Canvas

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"En Soledad" (In Solitude)

Frank China Inguanzo - 2011

60 x 60 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

Oil on canvas

©Frank Chinea Inguanzo all rights reserved

 

  • 2021           "Unforeseen Transition" Solo Show, The ONE Museu, Digital Museum
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  • 2021            "Human Rights? @Work", Fondazione Campana dei Caduti – Rovereto (TN) Italy

 

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  • 2013          Barrio Workshop Artspace, Miami (group exhibition)

 

  • 2011          Cafe Petit Art Gallery (solo exhibition)

 

  • 2011          Shanghai Art Fair (group exhibition)

 

  • 2010          Curators' Voice Art Projects, curated by ​Milagros Bello​ (solo exhibition)

  • 2008          Nobe 67 Art 2008, Deauville Beach Resort, France (solo exhibition)

  • 2008          City Bank, Miam (solo exhibition)

  • 2005          Borders Art Gallery, Miami (solo exhibition)

 

  • 2001          Barrio Museum, curated by ​Milagros Bello​, Miami (solo exhibition)

  • 2001           Arte Americas (group exhibition)

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"El Poem" (The Poem)

Frank China Inguanzo - 2017

60 x 48 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

Oil on canvas

©Frank Chinea Inguanzo all rights reserved

 

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"Il Viagio" (The Journey)

Frank China Inguanzo - 2017

44 x 44 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

Oil on canvas

©Frank Chinea Inguanzo all rights reserved

 

Selected Exhibitions

 
 
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"La Felicidad" (Happiness)

Frank China Inguanzo - 2021

30 x 24 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

Oil on canvas

©Frank Chinea Inguanzo all rights reserved

 

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"Transition"

Frank China Inguanzo - 2021

48 x 248 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

Oil on canvas

©Frank Chinea Inguanzo all rights reserved

 

"El Rosario" (The Rosary)

Frank China Inguanzo - 2021

60 x 48 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

Oil on canvas

©Frank Chinea Inguanzo all rights reserved

 

"2021"

Frank China Inguanzo - 2021

48 x 48 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

Oil on canvas

©Frank Chinea Inguanzo all rights reserved

 

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Frank Chinea Inguanzo is the first Permanent Artist of The ONE Museum to produce an entire exhibition of paintings especially released (and yet unseen) for the ONE Museum and its visitors. He has worked those 2 full last years for producing this show. Placing himself exactly in the spirit that The One Museum tries to convey through its original approach of exceptional exhibitions, I would like to express my infinite gratitude and friendship to him. 

By this kind of Frank’s generous gesture, we can understand even better how much the character is honest, true, full of human attention and delicacy, and so attached to the quality of his work, to the message that he has in heart to transmit, to the respect that he maintains towards his public or more generally the philosophy of life opened to the world that he maintains in his own life.

 

Life is a succession of unforeseen transitions, some more than others... in this respect, 2020 & 2021 have been years like no others…

It is all these unexpected situations and the mixed feelings they have generated that Frank Chinea Inguanzo wished to express on canvas with all the touching and original poetry that we expect from him... The exhibition is a maestria of colours and a whirlwind of dislocated, stacked, intertwined, spiritually connected worlds, in which back doors open onto Light and Hope. The theme being conceptual we have wanted to articulate the exhibition into two distinctive parts, the years before, and the time during.

 

Frank Chinea Inguenzo, rich of its Cuban birth influences and all his life experiences, visually tells his own special poetry like no others. I find a spiritual link with Marc Chagall and his dreamy characters hanting the skies, a connection with his narrative and figurative style implemented in spirituality, immateriality, timelessness and its hopes, counterbalancing temporality and its anxieties. But although both are emigrants, the countries of origin and the host countries are not the same, nor are the religions, nor the eras, which forges their own universes and their own pictorial dialect finally leading to real personal expressions.

The Cuba of Frank’s origins somehow gives his painting reminiscent motifs, a very particular palette of colours, naive figures, but none of those particularities ever dip into caricatured ethnicity, far from this, and this is undoubtedly also due to the eventful life that his emigration to the USA brought him into contact with a completely different culture that he also had to assimilate or to fight and which, through this duality, makes all his life and so, his painting, more complex. The motifs become labyrinthic abysses in which the palette of colours becomes darker and more tricky, to where the characters seem to be wandering haggardly, endlessly, or fighting against their condition and inescapable situations. There could be something of Dante’s inferno if we were not into everyday reality … but isn’t it precisely already some Hell?

Nonetheless Frank Chinea Inguanzo's painting is imbued with a great deal of feeling, sensitivity and compassion. His painting is also extremely thoughtful, and as such tackles complex, even esoteric subjects. Thus, the labyrinthine shadows that one would have thought immutable, piled up and closed forever, are perforated, broken by doors opening onto the clarity of a still possible paradise or ascending roads rising towards celestial spirituality, offering redemption to the wandering souls that haunt the subconscious of an artist who never ceases to question himself. In the end, there is always a lot of benevolence in the painter's message, because the man does love his alter ego, respects it deeply, takes care of it and cherishes it even more sincerely, and when you know Frank, this beautiful human being, when you work with him, that is exactly what you definitely feel positive and beautiful when you come into contact with him.

 

Thierry Gulian

Curator at The ONE Museum

"Re-Encounter"

Frank China Inguanzo - 2021

60 x 60 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

Oil on canvas

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It seemed like an endless couple of years!  2020-2021 will always be unforgettable and sad for everyone... for me, a total nightmare that I watched with my eyes wide open...
Even more than hoping that the public will like my work, I sincerely hope that it will succeed somewhat in humanising those who live their lives at the speed of sound with such frivolity. 
This experience has transported me to a world that seems to be mysteriously saying goodbye to me... life always ends... I think I finally got the message.
The pandemic took me completely by surprise. The only way out was to reconnect with my inner soul, and to do that I had to report on the dreadful moments that humanity is currently undergoing. To relate these unreal days was for me simply unavoidable, unstoppable, fundamental and for that, I had to, as I always do, when all doors seem closed, paint them open.

The painting entitled «The Rosary» is without a doubt the strongest piece I have ever had the feeling of giving birth to. The one I worked on the most, that touched me the most. It represents for me what seems to be the perfectly symbolic piece of this particular moment.
The character on the swing turns her eyes to Infinity - incredulous eyes - while her mask dominates every moment of her existence. She seems to be in a kind of denial, the exact opposite of reality.  A terribly empty chair next to her reflects a certain void, but a rosary on the seat accompanies her… Another figure at the bottom of the painting sits on a chair all dressed in black, it remains there, alone, as if it had no desire for company, except for this vase with a white flower that could be the memory of its companion.



Frank Chinea Inguanzo

The "Unforeseen Transition" Exhibition

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The Word of The Curator