Current Exhibits

Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic

In the Daley Family and Monan Galleries

January 30–June 4, 2017 – Known for organizing highly praised exhibitions based on new scholarship on artists like Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta, Paul Klee, Jackson Pollock, and Georges Rouault, the McMullen Museum of Art is organizing another groundbreaking retrospective exhibition on the work of the artist Rafael Soriano (1920–2015). The exhibition then travels in June 2017 to the Long Beach Museum of Art and in October 2017 to the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University. Organized by the McMullen Museum in conjunction with the Rafael Soriano Foundation, the exhibition has been curated by  Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta. Major support has been provided by the Patrons of the McMullen Museum. A Video of the Opening of the Exhibition is available by clicking here.

Selected Pieces to be on exhibit:

  • Más allá del azul (Beyond the Blue), 1978, oil on canvas, 30 x 50, Zelaya Rodriguez Collection
  • La noche (The Night), 1970, oil on canvas, 40 x 50, Rafael Soriano Family Collection

  • Galaxia (Galaxy), 1974, oil on canvas, 40 x 50, Zelaya Rodriguez Collection

  • Luciérnaga (Firefly), 1955, oil on canvas 33 x 50, Rafael Soriano Family Collection

  • Espejismos de agua (Water Mirages), 1990, oil on canvas, 68 x 98, Rafael Soriano Family Collection

  • Músicos tocando un órgano (Musicians Playing an Organ), 1949, oil on wood, 72 x 48, Dominic and Cristian Veloso Collection

  • Juego infantil (Children’s Game), 1950s, gouache on paper, 20 x 30″, private collection

  • La soledad (Solitude), 1975, oil on canvas, 40 x 50″, private collection

McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 2101 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02135 617-552-8587



David Zwirner Gallery – NYC

‘Concrete Cuba’

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From left, untitled paintings by Rafael Soriano, Pedro Álvarez and José M. Mijares in the exhibition “Concrete Cuba” at the David Zwirner gallery. Credit Jake Naughton for The New York Times

The latest arrival in New York comes in the form of “Concrete Cuba,” a riveting exhibition at the David Zwirner Gallery about a little-known branch of modernism. It adds to the history of postwar abstraction by providing a first glimpse of what a small group of Cuban artists were
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Rafael Soriano Sin título (Untitled), 1958 Oil on canvas 21 3/8 x 30 3/8 inches (54.3 x 77.2 cm) © 2016 Rafael Soriano

up to in the 1950s and early ’60s, the tumultuous years leading up to, and just after, therevolution that brought Fidel Castro to power. This is a museum-quality effort, and was seen in a somewhat different form (same artists, some different works) at Zwirner’s London branch last fall.