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Lived/Active: Florida / Cuba      Known for: figure, surreal, abstraction

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted December 2004, is from the artist.

Cesar Garcia was born in Havana, Cuba in 1961. His first encounter with the arts
was through his uncle, a Cuban artist from the world-renowned San Alejandro Academy of Arts. Garcia moved to the United States in 1969 bringing with him the images from his uncle's studio.

Garcia's passion for the arts has always lived in his heart and soul, every minute of his life. Garcia is self-taught, however his fascination with the great masters has helped him better understand the need to express himself in a totally different form. His work is of a figurative nature in a surrealist style. The colorful, ethnic influences of his Cuban heritage influence his work.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Being an artist is an endless soul searching quest that never ends.

I create out of need and joy and it reflects in my work. In my work I lose myself from all mundane feelings and then I find myself in a whole new inner world of symbols, figures, forms, color and expression of my ultimate intimacy.

To be self-taught is an advantage rather than a hindrance. If there is a rule in formal training is meant to be broken, and taken to another level. I create totally with out looking around me it come strictly from a bank of unconscious forms and figures in my mind. All art communicates in my opinion, even if it's simply to capture the beauty of the moment. My art speaks in different languages to those who are open to receive their own personal messages in it.

I think often about the value of art in our culture, we tend to value things that are rare and have a style and a personality of their own. As an artist, I am conscious of why I create art the way I do. I am looking for a meaningful way to represent not only the world I live in, but also, the way I perceive my own inner soul. The art becomes not just about the artist, but also about the viewer.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2004
University of Miami CASA BACARDI (Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies) "The Inner Soul of Cuban Culture" Miami, Florida
Hollywood City Hall "Art in City Hall" " Hollywood, Florida
2002
Bronxville Art Center, "Cesar Garcia's Recent Works" Bronxville, New York
The Landmark Art Space, "Signature Image" Newark, New Jersey
2001
Jackson Memorial Art Building /Clinica Dr. Penalver, "Freedom" Miami, FL
1999
Yerba Buena Bistro Art Café, "Recent Works" Coral Gables, Florida

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2004 MMAS "Master Mystery Art Show" Ritz Carlton Miami, Beach Florida
"Las Olas Rocks" Sotherby International -Rocked Charity Auction-Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Genesis Artists for Aids "A Night of Art in Bongos" Bongos American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
The Old Capital Gallery - Florida State Capital, "Group Show" Tallahassee, Florida
Centro Cultural Cubano Heberto Padilla (La Casa Azul) "Gallery Night" Fort Worth, Texas
2003 Galleria West "Group Show " Westview, New Jersey
L'Atelier Art Gallery "Images" Chelsea, New York
2002 United Airline Sponsored Art Exhibit "Group Show " Miami International Airport Miami, Florida
Red Carpet Club, "Group Show" Miami International Airport, Miami Florida
Art Lovers International "Contemporary Artist " Gallery Night Coral Gables, Florida
2001 Bronxville Art Center, "Latin American Artists" Bronxville, New York
"Absolut Chalk Festival" Contest, on South Beach, 3rdPlace Winner Miami Beach, Fl
Bacardi USA Sponsored Gallery Night in the Gables, "Group Show" Coral Gables, FL
Hispanic Heritage Art Festival "Group Show" Miami InternationalAirport.
2000 Viernes Culturales Art Festival (Calle Ocho) "Group Show" Little Havana, Miami, Florida
1999 Yerba Buena Bistro Art Café "Gallery Night Show" Coral Gables, Florida
Viernes Culturales Art Festival (Calle Ocho) "Group Show" Little Havana, Miami, Florida
1998 Annual Juried Exhibition "Carnival Miami" Miami, Florida
1997 Annual Juried Exhibition "Carnival Miami" Miami, Florida

A W A R D S A N D H O N O R S
"Las Olas Rocks" Create a Rocker for Bea's Fund at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation 2004
Genesis Artists for Aids & Catholic Charities Genesis Program 2004
Selected for "Flamingos in Paradise" County Event Miami, Florida 2002
3rd Place Winner of "Absolut Chalk Festival" (from California) South Beach, Florida 2001

B I B L I O G R A P H Y

Coral Gables Gazette July 15-21 2004 This Week-ArtArticle- UM's Casa Bacardi to Showcase painting Garcia's Inner Soul.
E-VERITAS- Time Out Monday, July 12, 2004 UM Faculty and staff News Paper Pg 3 A painting exhibit by Cuban-born artist Cesar Garcia
Coral Gables GazetteJuly 8-14 2004-Calendar- Announcement -Casa Bacardi Inner Soul of Cuban Culture Exhibit by Cesar Garcia
Miami Today Calendar of Events, Art- Week of July 15, 2004 ICCAS will hold reception for exhibition by Cesar Garcia- Inner Soul of Cuban Culture 7-9pm
Street Weekly -Openings-Galleries & Museums, Announcement July 16-22, 2004 Pg 83
The Miami Herald Art & Entertainment- Casa Bacardi exhibit by Cesar Garcia Pg 9
El Nuevo Herald, Galeria-Announcement- ICCAS Inaugura una exposicion de Cesar Garcia July 14, 2004
Miami New Times Culture, Event at Casa Bacardi exhibit by Garcia
University of Miami (CASA BARCARDI) Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies "The Inner Soul of Cuban Culture" by Cesar Garcia Internet coverage.
Cristina La Revista -August 2004 Issue Page 10, - Genesis Artist for Aids 2004 event
Genesis Artists for Aids 2004 at Bongos (Exhibition Catalog) May 2004
State Art Collection, Division of Cultural Affairs Florida Capital Cesar Garcia page (sample of piece donated) & bio- Wedsite
Coffey & Thompson Art Gallery & Diego Victoria Fine Art (exhibition catalog/brochure) November 2003 Iberoamerican Show, Charlotte, North Carolina. 2003 Pg 14 & 15
La Noticia (newspaper) ( Maribel Bastidas) Arte y Cultura article Edicion No. 287 15 al 21 de Octubre. "Pintores Iberoamericanos presentan su obra en Charlotte", A Tribute to our Heritage, North Carolina. 2003
Bronxville Art Center (exhibition catalog/ brochure). October 2002 Bronxville, New York.
TeleMiami Cable Network "Interview with Cesar Garcia" upcoming Bronxville Show in New York at Bronxville Art Center". 2001
Flyer-La Noche de Viernes Culturales May 25, 2001 Alas de la Pequena Havana presents work by Cesar Garcia at Clinica Penalver. Miami Dade County Cultural Affairs Council- Tropiculture
El Nuevo Herald. By Olga Connors, (review), South Beach Absolut Chalk Festival, 3rd place winner local artist Cesar Garcia. 2001
Telemundo terra.com, Arte Y Cultura (Internet article) 2001 South Beach Absolut Chalk Festival Miami Beach, Florida
2cool.net (Internet review) South Beach Absolut Chalk Festival South Beach Florida. February 2001
Bacardi USA. Gallery Night in Coral Gables, Florida. (exhibition catalog) 2001 Pg 2
Nabuc Art Gallery (exhibition brochure) 2000
Artesano Art Gallery (exhibition brochure) 1999
Vienes Culturales (exhibition catalog ) 1999 Pg 4 & 5
Artesano Art Gallery (exhibition brochure) 1998

PUBLIC & CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

State Art Collection, State Capital Tallahassee, Florida
Mecklenburg Public Library, Charlotte North Carolina
Heberto Padilla Foundation, Miami, Florida
St.Timothy Catholic School Miami, Florida
Centro Cultural Cubano (La Casa Azul) Fort Worth, Texas
Catholic Charities Genesis Program, Miami Florida
Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, Miami Florida
Bea's Fund at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital
University of Miami CASA BACARDI




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