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Beatriz Sala Santacana

BEATRIZ SALA SANTACANA

Beatriz Sala Santacana – Havana, Cuba

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About Artist

“I place my characters in a moment of change, sometimes as a lone figure, sometimes as a group, struggling with their conflicts, choices and differences.”
“In my sculptures I combine apparently incompatible materials: glazed ceramic and rusty sheets of metal, ancient iron pipes, wood from old lamp posts or wheels from unknown mechanisms. All these rejected elements –worn down and ruined for their original functions– far from being at odds with the bright finish of ceramics, evolve to new meanings that provide them with a greater expressive force.”

1975, La Havana, Cuba
Self-taught artist. Member of the National Union
of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC in Spanish)

PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS
2009 – Murals. Miramar Trade Center, Jerusalem Building. Havana, Cuba.
2007 – Wings to fly. Miramar Trade Center, Buildings Santiago de Cuba, Barcelona, Havana, Beijing and Jerusalem. (Havana).
            Wings to fly. House of the Distinguished one of The Americas Benito Juárez. (Havana).
2006 – Personal Guests. Itinerant. Gallery of the Association of Craftsmen Artists of Matanzas.
            Personal guests and some other ones. Jerusalem Building. Miramar Trade Center, Havana.
2005 – Personal Guests. Maquette of Havana, Havana.
            Points of view. Itinerant: Art gallery Colon (Matanzas); Art gallery of Matanzas; Pilgrimages of May (Holguín); Art gallery Sun and Sea, Varadero           (Matanzas).
2004 – Points of view. Gallery Juan Marinello, Havana.

COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS
2016
– Biennial of Contemporary Ceramic 2016. Spanish-American Center of Culture, Havana.
2015 – XII Biennial of Havana, parallel exhibition Utopía. Sculptural ensemble: “The parade”. Factory of Cuban Art. (Havana).
2015 – Nobody knows what a body can do. Factory of Cuban Art. (Havana).
2013 – Quiet Frolic Collective exhibition. House of the Distinguished one of The Americas Benito Juárez. (Havana).
2012 – Biennial of Ceramics Amelia Peláez. Projects, sculptures and installations. National Museum of Cuban Contemporary Ceramic. Spanish-American Center of Culture. (Havana).
            Project: “Quiet Frolic”. Study Workshop Sosabravo. Biennial of Havana, collateral events. (Havana).
2011 – Biennial of Ceramics The Vessel. National Museum of Cuban Contemporary Ceramics. Spanish-American Center of Culture. (Havana).
2010 – VII Hall Mirtha García Buch. ACAA. Cultural Center José Martí. (Havana).
            X Biennial of Ceramic Amelia Peláez. National Museum of Cuban Contemporary Ceramics. Saint Francis of Assisi’s Convent. (Havana).
2009 – Rescuing spaces, SOS. Cultural House, Municipality of Playa. Havana.
            The Vessel. National Museum of Cuban Contemporary Ceramics. Saint Francis of Assisi’s Convent. (Havana).
            Biennial: “The Key of Cerro”. Art Gallery Teodoro Ramos Blanco. Cerro. (Havana).
2008 – From the skin of Eve, with the eyes of Adam. Hall of Mexican Arts. Mexico D.F.
2007 – Symphonies of the sea. Workshop of Ceramic, St. Lazaro. (Havana).
            From the skin of Eve, with the eyes of Adam. House of the Distinguished one of The Americas Benito Juárez. (Havana).
2006 – Collective mural of ceramic plates, cultural project “With the poor of the Earth”, Nueva Gerona, Isle of Youth.
            Imagine, Fifth Edition, ACAA, Art Gallery John Marinello (Havana).
            “Biennial of Havana”. Collective mural of ceramic plates, Jaimanitas, Havana.
            “XII Erotic Art Gallery”. Art Gallery Fayad Jamís. Cultural House of Alamar, Havana.
            “Expo of April”. Art Gallery Hernández Cárdenas (Havana).
            VIII Biennial of National Ceramic Amelia Peláez. National Museum of Cuban Contemporary Ceramics. Saint Francis of Assisi’s Convent. (Havana).
            Four Wings, Thimo Pimentel, José R. Fúster, Wilfredo Torres, Beatriz S. Santacana. Art Gallery Servando Cabrera. (Havana)
            “Hall of Ceramics, ACAA 25th Anniversary”. Cultural House of 10 de Octubre. (Havana).
            “Trienal Elit-Tile”. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
            “10 Years of Monte Barreto and Art”. Miramar Trade Center. Beijing Building. (Havana).
2005 – Imagine, Fourth Edition, ACAA, Art Gallery Juan Marinello (Havana).
            Fifth Hall Mirta García Buch, ACAA, Casa Benito Juárez (Havana).
            Land, José R. Fúster, Tomás Núñez, Beatriz S. Santacana. Art Gallery Telepinar (Pinar del Río).
            “Exhibition of Ceramic for the Cuban Culture Day”, San Luís (Pinar del Rio).
2005 – Collective Ceramics Exhibition. Art center of Boyeros, Havana.
2004 – Imagine, Third Edition, ACAA, Art Gallery Juan Marinello (Havana).

SYMPOSIUMS AND WORKSHOPS
2016
– Workshop with the group “When and Where” integrated by ladies of the Diplomatic Corps authorized in Cuba and wives of foreign investors established on the Island. A class was offered on the different techniques of ceramics. At the end, each participant carried their own artwork.
2015 – Workshop with the children of kindergarten and first year, of the International School of Havana.
2012 – Workshop with the children of Early Years Center of the International School of Havana. Creation of a mural with pasted elements manufactured by 60 children from ages 2 to 5 years.
            Conference for the art instructors of Havana City. Workshop “Mirtha García Buch”. (Havana).
2011 – Workshop with the children of Early Years Center of the International School of Havana. Children in ages from 2 to 5 years learned some simple techniques of the work with ceramics.
2006 – V International Symposium of Ceramic d´ Arte, Port-Au-Prince, “Earth, Music and Poetry”, (Camagüey).

REWARDS AND MENTIONS
2016
– Special Award, Biennial of Contemporary Ceramic 2016, Havana.
2014 – Award in the International Craft Fair, FIART 2014, Havana.
2010 – Second Award, “Mirtha García Buch” Hall, ACCA. Cultural Center José Martí. (Havana).
2009 – Special Mention, International Craft Fair, FIART 2009, Havana.
2006 – Third Award, Hall of Ceramic ACAA 25th Anniversary. (Havana).
2006 – Opera Prima Award, VIII Biennial of Ceramic Amelia Peláez. National Museum of Cuban Contemporary Ceramic. Saint Francis of Assisi’s Convent. (Havana).
2005 – First Prize, Fifth Hall “Mirta García Buch”, ACAA. (Havana).

PUBLIC WORKS
2013
– Dragonflies. Dim. 2.20 x 2.40 m. Lobby of the Hotel Breezes Jibacoa. (Mayabeque).
2012 – Relief. Dim. 150 x 150 cm. Lobby of the Hotel Breezes Jibacoa. (Mayabeque).
2011 – Murals: Flock and Below the sea. 1.50 x 2.20 m. Lobby of the Hotel Breezes Jibacoa. (Mayabeque).
2009 – Génesis. Ceramic mural of glazed tiles. Dim. 1.20 x 0.80 m. National Museum of Cuban Contemporary Ceramic. Old Havana, (Havana).
            Them Judas. Homage to Diego and Frida. Sculpture. Dim. 1.80 x 0.80 x 0.50 m. House of the Distinguished one of The Americas Benito Juárez. (Havana).
            Mural For a Zunzún. Mural with modeled shapes on ceramic glazed tiles. Dim. 1.90 x 0.75 m. Maternal Home Celia Sanchez Manduley, Jaimanitas, (Havana).
2007 – Mural Ensemble World. Piece located in the reception of Miramar Trade Center, Beijing Building. (Havana). A set of five murals of 2.20 x 1.60 m. each one. Modeled with glazed pieces.

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