News From…Casa Frela Gallery
From Cuba: Live Painting by Nancy Reyes – 2-days only!
A Pop Up of Cuban Naïve Paintings of the “Orishas”

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Each month the  Casa Frela Gallery offers interesting arts and cultural events. One exciting upcoming gathering that you won’t want to miss: “2 days only event” featuring Naïve paintings, and drawings from Cuban artist Nancy Reyes

On Friday, July 17, Casa Frela will host an opening to exhibit the work of well-known Cuban artist, featuring Santeria-inspired paintings.

Every square inch of Nancy’s paintings is filled with figures, designs, and bright pigments. She uses a variety of materials including cloth, used ballet slippers and palette knives to make raised tactile paintings. Her work expresses the environment around, the city and the countryside. The event promises to be delightful and fun.

Where: Casa Frela
47 West 119th Street
New York, NY 10026
(212) 722.8577
Subway: Take #2 #3 train to 116th Station (Lenox Avenue)
Walk 3-blocks north to 119th Street (bet. Lenox and 5th Avenues)

When: Friday July 17 5pm – 8pm
Saturday, July 18 12pm – 4pm

RSVP: fabgoris@gmail.com


Nancy Reyes Suarez Cuba Naïve Paintings of the Orishas

Nancy Reyes And Art

Nancy Reyes Suarez, a nationally-recognized artist in Cuba . Graduated from the Polytechnic Superior Institute of Architecture in 1978. She enjoys passing on her ability – taking advantage of her technical knowledge as an architect – where her paintings address strong central figures, with ample parts of magic and color. The black line and trace is her trade mark as an artist.

Every square inch is filled with figures, designs and color. Self-taught, she watched people paint on the beach in Cuba, and used sand and flowers to create short-lived but beautiful art on the beach. Today she uses a variety of materials – cloth, used ballet slippers, pencils, pens and palette knives – to make raised, tactile paintings. Blind people are able to grasp the handcart of her art work. She creates little plastic cones to outline the embossed figures and then uses sand and talcum powder to create the volume.

She describes her work as a combination of painting and handicrafts that expresses the environment around her – the city and the countryside – each with energy, light and the spirituality of the Santeria, which she practices.

“My art is comprehended by my family and my community,” Suarez says. “What I paint is the expression of our rich culture. I express what our daily life in Cuba is. Our ancestral practices are alive and strongly represented in all artistic manifestations.”

Currently, Nancy is in USA participating as an invited artist at the famous International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the second year. She has exhibited her paintings in England, Spain, France and USA.