About Carlos Enríquez Gómez
Carlos Enríquez Gómez (August 3, 1900 - May 2, 1957), was a Cuban painter, illustrator and writer of the Vanguardia movement (the Cuban Avant-garde).
- in 1926 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Alice Neel, American artist.
- on 24 Nov 1945 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti to Germaine Lahens.
Children of Carlos Enriquez and Alice Neel:
- Santariella b. 1926 d. 1927
- Isabetta b. 1928 d. 1982
Along with Víctor Manuel, Amelia Peláez, Fidelio Ponce and Antonio Gattorno, and other masters of this period, he was involved in one of the most fertile moments in Cuban culture. He is considered by critics to be one of the best, and most original, Cuban artists of the 20th century. Carlos Enríquez strived to develop a genuinely Cuban style that, while fueled by surrealism and modernism, took inspiration from Cuba's landscapes, culture, social problems and way of living. He was also considered a rebel, and was often criticized for the allegedly explicit nature of his nudes, and for his bohemian lifestyle.
Enríquez' signature visual language was mainly composed by fluid lines, overlapping color forms, transparencies and dynamic figure compositions. His works usually aimed at depicting the Cuban countryside's history, myths and folklore. Poor peasants, bandits, sensual women, restless horses, and landscapes of palm trees and rolling hills were his common subjects.
He also painted portraits and self-portraits, a large number of nudes and a handful of still lifes. He described his work in the following manner:
"My work is in a constant state of evolution towards the interpretation of images produced between vigilance and sleep, Nevertheless, I am not a surrealist. Currently, I am interested in interpreting the sensibility of a Cuban, American or continental atmosphere but removed from the methods of the European schools. To do otherwise would be like trying to resolve that which is ours with foreign formulas, for oriental art is as distant from my sensibility (though it may move me) as is the art of Picasso."
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Carlos Enríquez Gómez's Timeline
August 3, 1900
Zulueta, Las Villas, Cuba
May 2, 1957
Arroyo Naranjo, Havana, Cuba
December 26, 1926
La Habana, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba
November 24, 1928
New York, NY, USA