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 Jose Bedia Valdes  (1959 - )

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Lived/Active: Florida / Cuba      Known for: visual language, abstract ritual

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BIOGRAPHY for Jose Bedia Valdes
1959 (Havana, Cuba)
Florida / Cuba

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Jose Bedia get his first formal art training in Cuba, at the San Alejandro school from 1972 to 1976, then at the Instituto Superior de Arte from 1976 to 1981. There he encountered genres of Western painting, plus a dash of Socialist Realism. Following a stint in the Cuban Army (he served in Angola, where he found opportunities to extend his knowledge of African art and culture), Bedia resumed his artistic career.

In 1985, he made his first visit to the United States for a four-month artist's residency and participation in a traveling show titled "New Art in Cuba." Bedia left Havana in 1990 and after spending several years in Mexico City, then moved to Miami with his wife and son in 1993.

Bedia uses the world of visual languages - Kongo and Lakota - to express himself. His adaptive style - also called Afro-Cuban - helps him connect native ritual to its meaning.

Compiled and submitted August 2004 by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California

Sources include:
"Who's Who in American Art", R.R. Bowker. 1989-90
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Elisa Turner in "ARTnews", October 1996
"Sacred Silhouettes", by Robert Farris Thompson, in "Art in America", July 1997.

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