EDUARDO EXPOSITO – B. 1964, Cuba
EXPOSITO (Cuba) Although his grandfather was a painter and he himself has always painted, Eduardo Expósito González actually began work as a photographer. Later he studied drama for three years, and he also ran an art gallery. His professional contacts with respected artists in Cuba, such as Carlos Luna and Adrin Roberto, led to his involvement in the Cuban Center for Cultural Assets in the 1990s, and eventually he took up painting as a career.
Behind many of his paintings are not just feelings but ideas. Some of his favorite techniques in painting are monotype composition, collage, and other methods that he has developed himself.
Recognizable in his paintings is the influence of various Expressionist artists, including Goya, Ensuart, Vin, Sander, Muller, and others. Yet he has never followed the traditional route, either in his schooling or in his work; and he continues to produce art today that is aggressively individualistic.
His work focuses on themes of human social behavior; particularly, the relationships with the temporary state of distinct social phenomena and the extreme significant emphasis people place in unnecessary miniscule day-to-day tasks. The deformed and decomposed faces that are fragmented and altered within the compositions are an expression of the current social ravages.
Exposito explains, “The art pieces are a call to reflect on the fact that human beings have more important things to do than just worry about material belongings as well as to be in the mood to live life only at certain times. We have to change this attitude.”
Exposito believes that recording this phase in people’s life is crucial to the preservation of this decade’s history. “Who knows if our future ancestors will be exposed to the worries we currently live with today, but the important thing is that they will have artifacts to look back on that can describe the mood, concerns, and behaviors people from our century dealt with.”