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Adonis Flores | Cuba

Born in 1971, in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba,
Lives and works in Havana, Cuba.
Photography, sculpture, performance

Adonis Flores is a multidisciplinary artist. His practice includes photography, video, installation, performance and interventions in public space. His more adavanced series remains, so far, Camuflajes – mainly made of photographs, in which, by using military outfit and autoreference, the artist plays various characters that get inserted in quotidian life. He questions the human condition through themes such as fragility, violence, insécurity, power, unrational items, or death. Not only do those artworks steam from his own life experiences under Castro and from his involvement as a soldat in Angola in 1989 during his military service, but also do they arise from the current global situation. His performances and behaviours use humour and game-like actions to show the several hues of a soldat or even of a simple man. Adonis practice remains firmly connected to the rest of the planet thanks to those topics.

Graduated in architecture from the Universidad Central de Las Villas, Cuba (1997).

Adonis Flores received several prizes from the Salon provincial Oscar Fernandez-Morera of Sancti Spiritus (between 2000 and 2006, particularly). The same years he is artist in residence in the UK at the Triangle Arts Trust and Gasworks.

In 2011, he is recipient of the Cuban Premio Nacional de Curaduria – a prize rewarding the best exhibitions of the year 2010-2011.

His last individual shows include : Pesquisas at the Salle Zéro, Alliance Française de Cuba of Havana (2012) ; Memorial at the Galeria Habana of Havana, Cuba (2010) ; Toque de Fondo at the Miramar Trade Center of Havana, Cuba (2009) ; Carne de Cañon at the Galeria Habana of Havana, Cuba (2007) ; Camuflajes at Pierre François Ouellette Art Contemporain in Montréal, Canada (2008) and at the Galeria Myto in México, Mexico (2007) ; performances Oidor, Visionario, El arte de la primavera, and Ornamental at the Festival Slideshow of Nottingham, UK (2006) and Exposicion 1-1-1 at the Casa del Joven Creador of Sancti Spiritus, Cuba (2001).

Regarding his participation to collective exhibitions, his work was showcased in : Revolution Not Televised at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York, USA (2012) ; Escapando con el paisaje at the Centro Provincial de Artes Plásticas of Havana, Cuba (2012) ; the travelling exhibition Ya sé leer at the Centro de Arte Wilfredo Lam of Havana and at the Sandra Montenegro Gallery of Miami, USA (2012) ; Body Memories at the Chashama in New York, USA (2011) and in the New Jersey (2012) ; Cuban Visions at the Metropolitan Pavillion in New York, USA (2011) ; Action-Actual at the Museo del Barrio in New York, USA (2011) ; Shifting World at the Magnan Metz Gallery in New York, USA (2011) ; Cuban Avant-Garde at the Xin Dong Chen Space for Contemporary Art in Beijing, China (2010) ; Video Cubano at the Fondation Rubin in New York, USA (2010) ;the travelling show Polaridad Complementaria: Recent Works from Cuba (USA, 2010) ; Camuflajes at the Casa Encendida in Madrid, Spain (2009) ; Arboleda, el cuerpo es cuerpos at León in Guanajuato, Mexico (2008) ; Estados de intercambio at the inIVA in London, UK (2008) ; El héroe (remake in Cuba) at the Salle Zéro, Alliance Française de Cuba of Havana (2007) and Moving Fast, exposición de videoarte cubano at the European Media Art Festival of Germany (2007).

Adonis Flores participated in several Havana Biennials (2012 with his performance  and work Fe, 2009, 2003), in the 6th Mercosur Biennial in Curitiba, Brazil ; in Fotología 6 – international photography festival of Bogotá, Colombia (2008) and in the art fairs Pulse New York, SCOPE London, Portugal Arte, Zona MACO in Mexico, or the FIAC in Paris (2007)…

In 2012, he is invited to the edition of the year 2012 of the photography Festival Phot’Aix, Regards Croisés Cuba-France in Aix-en-Provence, France.

He presents his performances in festivals such as EJECT, Tercer Festival Internacional de Videoperformance at the Museo Ex Teresa Arte Actual of Mexico, Mexico (2010) or Viva Art in Montréal, Canada (2009).

Adonis Flores’ artworks are contained in the collections of the following institutions :

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes of Havana ; Musée des Beaux-Arts of Montréal, Canada ; French Fonds National d’Art Contemporain ; Casa de Las Américas of Havana and of the foundations Howard Farber (USA), Gilbert Brownstone (France), Laurent Farcy-Briat (UK) or Anette Bollag-Rothschild (Switzerland) or Fundación/Colección JUMEX  (Mexico).

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Artworks by the artist

Adonis Flores | Crisálida

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Adonis Flores | Incubación

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Adonis Flores | Mascarada, serie ‘Camuflajes’

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Adonis Flores | Oratoria, serie ‘Camuflajes’

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Adonis Flores | Aliento, serie ‘Camuflajes’

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