The first exhibition of graphic art by Cuban artist José Bedia (born 1959) was recently presented at the Caja Granada Cultural Center in Andalusia, Spain. On view through December 2, Graphologies was presented as part of the ArtJaén 2009 International Art Fair, held yearly in this Iberian community.
Graphologies presented large graphic works, which Bedia started in the 1980s, when he took part in Volumen I, the group show that was a turning point for the visual arts in Cuba. The works featured photocopies mixed with Bedia's fingerprints, line drawings inspired by Native American peoples of the US, and graphic works interpreting the Afro-Cuban Palo Monte religion. The exhibition included collages, silk screen prints, and posters, including a large collection assembled in Miami, where the artist has lived since 1993. During the most recent Havana´s Art Biennal in March 2009, Cuba´s Fine Art Museum showcased Bedia´s work, along with that of Wifredo Lam and Raúl Martinez, in the exhibition Resistence and Freedom, curated by Corina Matamoros.