Alejandro Aguilera

Alejandro Aguilera, born in Cuba in 1964, now lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his education at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, The Higher Institute of Art in Havana, and the School of Art in Holguin, his home town. Although his work has become increasingly abstract in recent years, it retains strong references to his recent memories of Cuba. These references include small flags as well as motifs related to the ocean and to the landscape. Aguilera combines these elements with the swirling imagery of what he describes as "so-called primitive cultures".

Aguilera has exhibited in the United States and internationally, and his work is included in the public collections of the National Museum Palace of Fine Arts in Havana, the Museum of Comtemporary Art in Monterrey, Mexico, The Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta.

Education

1990

Postgraduate fellowship, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

1989

MFA, Instituto Superior de Arte (Higher Institute of Art), Havana, Cuba

1983

BFA, Escuela de Arte (School of Art), Holguin, Cuba

Solo Exhibitions

2012

High Museum of Art,"Alejandro Aguilera. About the Modern Spirit", Altanta, GA

2011

SALTWORKS, Black Drawings, Atlanta, GA

2007

SALTWORKS, Aguas, Atlanta, GA

2007

Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, A Brief History of Usage, Miami, FL

2006

Milledgeville College and State University, Forty Yards of Lines, Milledgeville, GA

2004

Ty Stokes Gallery, The Art of Making Art, Atlanta, GA
Gallery Sklo, A.A Recent Work, Atlanta, GA

2003

University of Georgia, A.A. A Decade of Assemblages, Athens, GA

2002

Contemporanea, Coconut-Grove Convention Center, Artesanías del Sur, Miami, FL
Brickell Village Gallery and ALPHA International Galleries, A.A. Obra reciente, Miami, FL
Ramis Barquet Gallery, Objetos de uso, Monterrey, Mexico
Arte Contemporaneo, Dibujos y arabescos, Monterrey, Mexico
Atlanta International Airport Main Gallery, Black Drawings, Atlanta, GA

2001

ALPHA International Galleries, Micaelat, Miami, FL
ALPHA International Galleries, Ornamentos, Miami, FL

1999

Hammonds House, Black Drawings (Craftsmen, Theologians and Buffoons), Atlanta, GA
Florana, Drawings and Accessories, Miami, FL
Mexican Center of Atlanta, A.A. Years in Mexico, Atlanta, GA

1998

T-C, H.S., Projects, Drawings and Shadows, Atlanta, GA
AIRI, A.A. Recent Works, Atlanta, GA

1997

Ambrosino Gallery, Objetos muertos, Miami, FL

1996

Ramis Barquet Gallery, Héroes de uso y otras reliquias, Monterrey, Mexico

1995

Manolo Rivero Gallery, La Colonia, Merida, Mexico

1992

Ramis Barquet Gallery, Los Buenos y los Malos, Monterrey, Mexico

1989

Castle of the Force, Proyecto Castillo de la Fuerza, Havana, Cuba

1986

Gallery L, De los Real-Irreal a lo Irreal-Real, Havana, Cuba

1984

Library of the Higher Institute of Art, A.A., Havana, Cuba

Selected Group Exhibitions

2009

SALTWORKS, Everything In Between, Atlanta, GA

2007

Visual Arts Gallery at Emory University, Pitching, Two-Person show with Radcliffe Bailey, Atlanta, GA

2005

The Dalton Gallery at Agnes Scott College, Traveler, Atlanta, GA

2004

The Columbus Museum, Re-defining Georgia, Columbus, GA

2003

2001

City Gallery East, Belonging-Pertenecer, Atlanta, GA

1999

Jose Alonso Fine Art,New Art Off Cuba, Miami, FL
Jose Alonso Fine Art,Paper-Papel, Miami, FL

1996

Polytechnic University, Movimiento e Inercia, Valencia, Spain
Museum of Contemporary Art, Premio MARCO, Monterrey, Mexico
Atlantic Center of Modern Art,Cuba Siglo XX. Modernidad y Sincretismo, Grand Canaries, Spain
C.F., Primer Festival Internacional de Tattoo, Monterrey, Mexico

1995

Museum of Contemporary Art, Premio MARCO, Monterrey, Mexico
Contemporary Art Center, La isla posible, Barcelona, Spain

1994

Museum of Contemporary Art, Premio MARCO, Monterrey, Mexico

1991

15 Artistas Cubanos, Premio MARCO, Mexico City, Mexico
National Museum Palace of Fine Arts, Colonización y descolonización, Fourth Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba

Public Collections

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Museum of Contemporary Art, MARCO,Monterrey, Mexico
Peter Ludwing, Aachen Museum, Germany
Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
National Museum Palace of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba
The Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia, USA
National Council for the Arts, Havana, Cuba
Hammonds House Galleries, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Ramis Barquet Public Collection, New York, USA
CEMEX, Monterrey, Mexico
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Art Collection, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Fulton County Arts Council Collection, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Selected Bibliography

Fox, Catherine. "Alejandro Aguilera, Kojo Griffin and Jefferson Pinder at SALTWORKS", ArtsCriticAtl.com, October 19, 2009.
Oppenheim, Phil, "Radcliffe Bailey and Alejandro Aguilera," Art Papers, July/August 2007, p. 52.
Fernández, Ana M. "Alejandro Aguilera" Art Nexus, No. 61 (Junio), 2006.
Cullum, Jerry. "Dipping a Brush in Two Cultures." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (March 14), 2004.
Fox, Catherine. "Art as a Multilayer Conversation." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (November 21), 2004.
Gess, Richard. "A.B." Art Papers (July-August), 2003.
Craven, David. Art and Revolution in Latin America 1910-1990. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2002.
Veigas, José, Cristina Vives, Adolfo V. Nodal, Valia Garzón and Dannys Montes de Oca. Memoria Cuban Art of the 20th Century. California: International Arts Foundation, 2002.
Weinstein, Joe. "Ornamentos." Art Nexus (February), 2002.
Bazzano-Nelson, Florencia. Belonging-Pertenecer. Atlanta: City Gallery East, 2001.
Camnitzer, Luis. New Art of Cuba. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1994.
Sullivan, Edward. "El poder percivido." Los Buenos y los Malos. Monterrey: Ramis Barquet Gallery, 1992.
Jones, Kellie and Rachel Weiss. The Nearest Edge of the World. Art and Cuba Now. Massachusetts: Polarities, Inc., 1990.