Cedarhurst Art Center

Mt. Vernon, IL




Paul Sierra: The Nature of Man


"There are two great events in you life - birth and death," says artist Paul Sierra, a Chicago resident. "In the blink of an eye, you get older and become very curious about death."

Paul Sierra is well known for his large, colorful paintings that combine expressionism with magic realism. Paul Sierra: The Nature of Man opens in the Mitchell Museum's main gallery Saturday, September 23, and continues through November 5, 2000 The exhibition is sponsored by The Peoples National Bank and cosponsored by Holiday Travel.

Born in Havana, Cuba, in 1944, Sierra and his family left Havana one stormy night two years after Castro's revolution. Later he fled Miami's ghettos and headed north. Living in Chicago for three decades, Sierra has emerged as a noted American artist. (left: Eulogy for Summer, 1995, oil on canvas, 80 x 60 inches)

Sierra's landscapes are lush and certainly reminiscent of his Cuban heritage. He is an excellent draftsman. According to Chicagoan Victor M. Cassidy, Sierra's art "speaks to our most secret feelings and fears. His images rarely soothe or delight, but they are very hard to forget." His works are in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D. C.; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Anheuser-Busch Corporate Collection, St. Louis; and AT&T Corporate Collection, Chicago.

Paul Sierra will conduct a gallery walk at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 23, at the Mitchell Museum. The gallery walk will enable visitors to hear a discussion about Sierra's works as well as ask questions.

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