I’ve never met Maykel Herrera. And I haven’t seen his paintings in person. But several weeks ago, I started receiving jpegs of his work in my e-mail. The images look terrific, so I did a little research and this is what I found.
Maykel is 31 years old. He began his professional career in 1998 after graduating from the Camaguey Art School. Since then, he’s had more that 25 individual exhibits, and he’s been featured in 70 or 80 group shows.
My work, although it has a visual character in some more expressive cases and is a little more synthetic in others, always has an ironic or satirical search with an interest in detaching the viewer a little and making them reflect about what’s happening to all of us. It’s like calling attention to the responsibilities that we have to the world.
To me, the act of painting is not mere amusement but also the responsibility to make people think.
One of the exhibits that was important in defining Maykel’s career was called Principes Enanos or Dwarf Princes. It was presented for the first time at the La Acacia Gallery in Havana, and it paid homage to Jose Marti.
The images you’ll see if you go to the La Acacia site involve children like the ones in the gallery above. Maykel calls them “carefree little people.”
I had fun seeing the art of someone “new.” I hope you do too. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.