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Rafael Soriano’s Life and Paintings

“Children’s Game” is a Rafael Soriano painting from the 1950s, a decade known as the Golden Age in Cuba. Private Collection
MIAMI — The 1959 Cuban Revolution and its legacy had a major influence on the life of the painter Rafael Soriano. One of the island’s rising art stars in the ’50s, he saw his career ascend higher initially when Fidel Castro seized power.

But you will not find any overt nods to politics in Soriano’s work — not in his early paintings that revolve around a hard-edged geometric abstraction, nor in his later pieces made after he feared arrest and fled with his family from Matanzas, Cuba, to Miami, where he remained until he died in 2015 at 94.

More than 90 of his artworks are on display in “Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic,” at Miami’s Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum.

Mr. Soriano in Cuba (c. 1940s). He left Cuba for Miami in 1962.
Courtesy of the Rafael Soriano Foundation Archives

His daughter, Hortensia Soriano, spoke with The New York Times about her father. The conversation has been edited and condensed.

What was your father’s life like in Matanzas before 1959?

The 1950s were known as the Golden Age in Cuba, and that was definitely true for my father. He had a hotbed of activity swirling around him: He’s exhibiting his work at museums, people are writing about it and he’s also a professor at the art school in Matanzas he co-founded.

“The Prophet” (1969). Rafael Soriano Family Collection

el Nuevo Herald 

Rafael Soriano, Pintor y místico cubano

Rafael Soriano en su estudio de Miami en agosto de 2010.
Rafael Soriano en su estudio de Miami en agosto de 2010. Pedro Portal el Nuevo Herald

Tenemos un caudal enorme de riqueza estética en Miami que no estamos sabiendo aprovechar. Las artes. En especial las artes plásticas. Los museos están vacíos de público. Es una pena.

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Rafael Soriano, Serena imagen (Serene Image) (1991)
Rafael Soriano, Serena imagen (Serene Image) (1991) Rafael Soriano, Private Collection

Rafael Soriano: the Artist as Mystic

Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, until 28 January 2018

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THESE FIVE ARTISTS WILL HELP YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND AMERICAN IMMIGRATION

Selected by a Smithsonian curator, these brilliant minds give the salient topic a new look.                                                                         BY BROOKE BINKOWSKI 

Rafael Soriano, Candor de la Alborada (Candor of Dawn), 1994, oil
Rafael Soriano, Candor de la Alborada (Candor of Dawn), 1994, oil
(Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1994, Rafael Soriano)
Rafael Soriano, Un Lugar Distante (A Distant Place), 1972, oil
Rafael Soriano, Un Lugar Distante (A Distant Place), 1972, oil
(Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1972, Rafael Soriano)
There are a lot of Cuban-American artists of a certain generation who really deal with migration and the challenges of migration. So you have artists like Rafael Soriano. He’s different from Luis Cruz Azaceta, in that he immigrated as a well-formed adult and artist. He already had a career in Cuba, he was an artist in Cuba. He was a geometric abstractionist, so kind of very pristine, straight-edged paintings.

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“Candor de la Alborada,” by Rafael Soriano.

Credit Smithsonian American Art Museum

5.“Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic”  

Through Jan. 28, 2018, Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami

This traveling exhibit features more than 90 paintings, pastels and drawings of the acclaimed painter Soriano, who emigrated to the United States after the Revolution. It begins with the “Cuban geometric abstract style” of his youth in the 1940s and ’50s, moves to his experimental phase in the 1960s and ’70s, and his period thereafter, when he realized he would never return to his homeland.

artdaily.org 

Rafael Soriano opens at Frost Art Museum FIU:

Kicks off Miami’s Art Basel Season

                                                                                                          
Jordana Pomeroy,Hortensia Soriano & Daniel Perron at the opening of “Rafael Soriano – The Artist as Mystic” at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU. Photo by World Red Eye/Andrew Stankus.

MIAMI, FLA.- Miamians flocked to the opening at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International Universityfor Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic, the unprecedented retrospective of the Cuban Master Rafael Soriano featuring more than ninety of his paintings and drawings (kicking off Miami’s Art Basel season, on view through Jan. 28).

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Art Basel season is almost here, and FIU’s Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum has a lineup that will draw the international art community to campus.

Hortensia Soriano, daughter of Rafael Soriano

 

Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic

Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic is a celebration of coming home and a family reunion. The exhibition is an unprecedented retrospective of Cuban-born Rafael Soriano, an acclaimed master of geometric abstraction and a global figure in the twentieth-century art world. It features more than 90 paintings, drawings and pastels.

 

 

 

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At the Frost Art Museum, Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic (through Jan. 28) offers an examination of the Cuban painter’s work (and life) and his role as a water of geometric abstraction via more than 90 paintings, pastels and drawings from various institutions and private collections. Florida International University, 10975 S.W. 17th St., Miami, 305-348-2890, thefrost.fiu.edu

 

The Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic, at the Patricia and Phillips Art Museum   

October 23, 2017

Cuban painter Rafael Soriano (1920–2015) was a master of geometric abstraction; his work resonated with international artists of Latin American like Roberto Matta, Rufino Tamayo, and Wifredo Lam. As a result of the Revolution in Cuba, in 1962 Soriano immigrated to the United States. An unprecedented examination of his life’s work, this exhibition focuses on the multiple influences that nurtured a style where, in his words, “the intimate and the cosmic converge.”

 

Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic

Virtual Tour at the McMullen Museum at Boston College in the Daley Family and Monan Galleries
January 30–June 4, 2017

LONG BEACH POST

Rafael Soriano:  A Story of an Acclaimed Abstractionist, Cuban Exile, Universal Painter

By ASIA MORRIS, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

Danzarines Dancers 1969

Danzarines (Dancers), 1969. Photos of Rafael Soriano’s work courtesy of the LBMA.

The nearly 100 drawings, paintings and pastels currently displayed at the Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA) tell the strikingly beautiful story of an abstract artist uprooted, Rafael Soriano (1920-2015), who left his native home of Cuba in search of artistic freedom.

 


Rafael Soriano, “Interior” (1953) (Courtesy of the Long Beach Museum of Art)

JUNE 27,2017 – In light of the Long Beach Museum of Art’s exhibition, Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic, the museum is hosting a panel discussion on July 2 that will focus on the Cuban avant-garde.

“Flor a contraluz (Flower Against the Light)” is part of “Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic” at BC’s McMullen Museum of Art.

In 1962, Rafael Soriano fled his native Cuba for Miami. He had been among the leading avant-garde artists in Cuba — a superb colorist, a painter of geometric abstractions.

 

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“Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic” This is a comprehensive retrospective on the work of the Cuban-born painter. It also highlights a bilingual catalog of essays written by scholars on the effect of the Cuban Revolution on Soriano’s most influential work.

New Traveling Exhibit Showcases 100 masterpieces from one of the Greatest Artists in Exile

artdaily.org

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

BOSTON, MASS.- An unprecedented retrospective on works of a highly acclaimed exiled painter is crossing the United States. Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic, is currently featured at The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College. Following its debut at The McMullen (through June 4, 2017), the exhibition will travel to the Long Beach Museum of Art (June 29–October 1, 2017) and the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami (October 28, 2017–January 28, 2018). From there, a selection of the exhibition has been approved for display at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Havana, Cuba, representing a real socio-political break-through.

 

ON EXHIBIT: Cuban painter Rafael Soriano at the McMullen

By Keith Powers, Daily News Correspondent

BOSTON – Artists forced into exile often struggle with dual identities. They can find it hard, as well, to cultivate an audience, living and working in multiple worlds…