Museum of Art

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Miguel Padura: Enigmatic Canvases


The Museum of Art will present Miguel Padura: Enigmatic Canvases, opening April 26 through August 3, 1997. This exhibition will be the artist's first one-man show at a major museum. The exhibition will feature 18 large paintings, some of them created especially for this show.

Padura was born in Cuba in 1957 and immigrated to the United States when he was only 12. A self-taught artist, Padura has participated in several group exhibitions featuring Cuban artists. His work has been exhibited throughout the world including El Salvador, France, Puerto Rico and Canada.

He could be labeled as a practitioner of "magical realism." His canvases are full of mystery and possess a dream like quality. He is a master when it comes to creating an "intriguing" ambiance. Shadows play an important role in his work, foreboding upcoming events. His handling of color and composition is superb.

Padura's hues possess a crispness and luminosity reminiscent of Old Spanish Masters like Francisco de Zurbaran. His genre scenes and still-lifes are never predictable. He elevates the commonplace by adding lyrical or dramatic touches (i.e. owls in flight or threatening hooks). This exhibition is sponsored by Exhibition Fellows and funded in part by: the Broward County Board of Commissioners and Cultural Affairs Council, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitor's Bureau, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council.



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