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OSVALDO MESA

OSVALDO MESA

Artist Work

Passing Glance
2018
Oil on Canvas
38"x50"
Barrier
2018
Oil on Canvas
50"x 40"
After Glow
2018
Oil on Canvas
50"x48"
Pentcost
2019
Oil on Canvas
50"x 60"
Praise of Foriegn Gods
2018
Oil on Canvas
60"x42"
Nostalgia
2017
Oil on Canvas
50"x 40"

Artist Information

County
Baltimore County
Phone
443-630-2919
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)
Prior to 2012

Artist Bio

I was born in Cuba and migrated to the US at a very young age. I started taking painting lessons at the age of 10 from a classically trained Cuban artiat. When I was an undergraduate I begain to reject  my training, I saw it as old fashion  and not relevant to what was happening in the art world. I even started to paint on the backs of my canvases or even breaking up the strestcher bars and binding them with the canvas and then applying paint.

When I moved to Baltimore to attend graduate school at MICA I felt out of place and i found confort in my Cuban culture, especially my link to Afro-Cuban spirituality. I started to create work based on Santeria and Yorba shrines. This work continued long after I graduate, My work became larger and more ambitious turning into installations. After years of creating these works I didn't feel all that spiritual any more and I no long had that connection to the work.

I started teaching painting at the time and as I saw my students paint it made me want to go back to straight painting. I knew the my interest in painting was wide, I love abstraction, Baroque painting, Surrealism, landscapes and patterns.  Art to me is about freedom and I wan to feel that I can do whatever I want to do whenever I want. The ideas that I'm working with in my painting are a mixture of African fetish objects and Baroque painting.