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Osy Milián, Refreshing Cuban Art

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The exhibition ‘id1428115017’ by Osy Milián proved that it is well worth following the progression of this young lady within Cuban contemporary art.


Osy Milián, Refreshing Cuban Art

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Osy Milián, Refreshing Cuban Art

The exhibition ‘id1428115017’ by Osy Milián proved that it is well worth following the progression of this young lady within Cuban contemporary art.

The unusual title of the exhibit already indicates that it is a different kind of proposal. Besides, in her pieces the artist confirms that she not only masters technique, but also has her own aesthetics and artistic sense.

The codes and the symbology of contemporary society, interconnected in social networks where feelings are expressed through signs and emoticons, are the leitmotiv of the exhibit.

That reality, which many Cubans have recently met head-on and are yet to fully assimilate, acquires meaning in the exhibition.

Osy plays with the superabundance of information on the Internet and the way this has changed how humans communicate and even feel. Everything seen online, on Facebook, and which cannot be forgotten, even though it may be worthless, is combined in the paintings in supposed incoherence and disarray.

Dice, as symbols of random chance, are also recurring in the pieces, becoming the expressive motif in one of them. Distraction and entertainment are a key part of the exhibition.

From their very titles, the pieces are transgressive; there’s a freshness to them which draws the attention of the audience, allowing them to travel from an apparent air of irreverence and even a certain infantilism, to a more profound state of reflection and intimacy. It is up to the viewer to decide what impression to take, while the artist shows herself as she can be under different circumstances.

The curatorial work contributes to that feeling. The mounting of the exhibition includes a ‘meticulous’ air of carelessness and informality which makes the audience feel at ease among the works, thanks, above all, to the installations which involve its participation.

Osy Milián uses various techniques for expression, from acrylic on canvas to installations and soft box. The artist’s personal aesthetics includes working with neon lights, which set the atmosphere of the exhibition.

Although her more recent exhibition was her graduation exercise from the Higher Institute of Art, Osy has made ten personal exhibitions, and she has taken part in about fifty collective exhibitions.

Despite living and creating in Cuba, her work has been shown in countries like Italy, Germany, Spain, Lebanon and the United States. 

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