Reynier Leyva Novo
Novo, one of the youngest artists in the exhibition, is represented with two bodies of work: Colección Novo Aniversario and El Deseo de Morir Por Otros.
Colección Novo Aniversario is a group of vinyl prints that play on the tradition of the political propaganda poster. Through the colors, symbols and text, the artist challenges ideology and symbols of power, uprooting notions of an individual’s ability to affect change.
The resin objects in El Deseo de Morir Por Otros were exhibited in the Havana Biennial in 2012, in the storefront windows of a bank in Old Havana. The artist was given permission to make molds of the original objects from the Museum of the Revolution in Havana, weapons used in various battles surrounding the liberation from Spain in 1898.
Both series reveal Novo’s keen interest in Cuba’s history and question the perspectives and versions of this history.
Novo was born in Havana in 1983. He graduated from the Jose Antonio Diaz Pelaéz Experimental Center of Arts, Havana in 1998 and the San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy, Havana in 2003. He attended Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana from 2004-2008. He has had many recent solo shows in Havana and various group shows in Liverpool, Vienna, Portugal, and Galicia, Spain. He currently lives and works in Havana.
Image courtesy of the artist and Magnan Metz Gallery, New York.