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HART Cosponsors “The Portraits of Afro-Cuban Artist Erik Olivera Rubio” on December 4

Posted by on Thursday, November 30, 2017 in Events, HART, News, VRC.


Afro-Cuban portrait artist Erik Olivera Rubio focuses on the African experience in the Diaspora. His portraits are a modern expression of blackness—realistic, striking and colorful. As William Luis explains, Olivera Rubio’s work embraces black identity and “focuses on the strong, determined, remarkable, beautiful, and proud black figure.”

Join the Latino and Latina Studies Program and the Afro-Hispanic Review on Monday, December 4, at 4:10 pm in the Kissam MPR for “The Portraits of Afro-Cuban Artist: Erik Olivera Rubio” with reception to follow.

Growing up in Havana, the artist was surrounded by traditions of the Yoruba people, who are the descendants of Africans uprooted from their homes by slavery and transported to the Caribbean.

Olivera Rubio, a graduate of San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts, Havana, has exhibited in London, Italy, France, Florida and throughout Havana, Cuba. His mastery of drawing and painting demonstrates his powerful imagery, absolute command of portraiture and dazzling technical virtuosity that imbues all his works with a staggering force.

This event is cosponsored by the Afro-Hispanic Review, the Latino and Latina Studies Program, the Department of History of Art, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence.

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