Adonis Flores is known for his 'Camouflages' series of cheeky self-portrait photographs and videos. Lenguaje is almost literally a tongue-in-cheek example of the artist's humorous commentary on military service.
Flores draws from his own experience of military service in Angola, where many Cubans were sent to fight for communism. The tradition of the dual nature of artist is at play, simultaneously seeing him as a prophet and jester, inspiring laughter and tears through the tragically comedic images and circumstances.
Adonis Flores was born in 1971 in Sancti Spiritus, a province in the center of Cuba. He graduated from the Central University in Las Villas, Cuba, receiving a degree in Architecture in 1997. Some of his recent solo shows were in Montreal, Havana, Mexico, and Nottingham, England. Some collections that include his work are the Howard Farber Collection in the US, Gilbert Brownstone Foundation in France, and the Laurent Farcy-Briant in London. He lives and works in Havana.
Image courtesy of the artist and Magnan Metz Gallery, New York.