ABOUT ME

In the warm and vibrant streets of Cuba, in a home where humility wove the stories of each day, I was born—a dreamer whose hands yearned to paint the world with the colors of his soul. From a young age, my life was marked by art and music, two passions that, although they seemed to take different paths, were destined to intertwine in my fate.
 
My youth in Cuba was marked by adversity and challenge. At 16, my rebellious spirit and my quest for expression led me to a pivotal moment: I was expelled from art school for wearing a T-shirt with a religious message. That day, sitting on the curb outside the school, the tears rolling down my cheeks were not just of sadness but also of determination. I promised myself that I would never allow the chains of a regime to stifle my creative spirit.
 
Far from classrooms and dogmas, I embarked on a self-taught journey, exploring museums, absorbing the wisdom of seasoned artists, and immersing myself in the vast ocean of art. It was on this personal pilgrimage that I met my mentor, a philosopher of art who taught me the theory 'from verse to canvas.' Under his tutelage, I discovered how each brushstroke could dance to the rhythm of a melody, how each color could resonate with the note of a hidden music. My art was not just visual; it was a symphony of experiences, emotions, and narratives.
 
In 1998, defying censorship and oppression, I presented my series 'The Apocalypse of Abisay,' a collection that, although marginalized by the government, resonated in the hearts of those who yearned for freedom and beauty in its purest form. This series was not just art; it was a manifesto, a declaration that even in the deepest darkness, the human spirit can shine brightly.
 
Finally, in 2010, with my family by my side and my dreams in my heart, I crossed the waters that separated oppression from freedom. In Syracuse, New York, I found a new canvas for my life and my art. Here, in the land of liberty, my art has flourished, evolving not only into paintings but into a luxury for the soul, an experience reserved for those who understand its value and depth.
 
My art is not for everyone; it is for those who see beyond the surface, who feel the hidden music in each stroke, and who value the narrative of a spirit that never gave up. Each piece I create is a fragment of my story, a symphony of struggle, passion, and unbreakable beauty, destined to be appreciated by those who seek more than just an image, by those who wish to hear the music of the soul.
 
Thus, my story becomes art, and my art becomes a tale of value, resilience, and unbreakable beauty, a legacy that transcends borders and time, reserved for the discerning collector, for the connoisseur who understands that what I have to offer is not merely art, but a door to a transformative experience.

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Abisay Puentes
Date of Birth: 1974, Cuba
Current Residence: Syracuse, NY, USA (since 2010)

Education:

Art studies in Cuba under the mentorship of Dr. Juan Enrique Guerrero.

Solo Exhibitions:

2022: Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY, USA.

2014: La Casita Cultural Center Gallery, Syracuse, NY, USA.

2012: Ann Felton Multicultural Center, OCC (Onondaga Community College), Syracuse, NY, USA.

2011: Lamar Dodd Art Center, "Lamentations of Abisay," LaGrange, GA, USA.

2008: Her-Car Gallery, Havana, Cuba.

2002: Museo de la Ciudad, Havana, Cuba.

2001: Hermanos Saiz Gallery, Havana, Cuba.

1999: HER-CAR Gallery, Havana, Cuba.

Group Exhibitions:

2024: Equity Gallery “Green,” New York, NY.

2023: Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.

2022: Equity Gallery, New York, NY.

2019: Arnot Art Museum: The 76th Regional Exhibition, Elmira, NY, USA.

2018: Cristine Frechard Gallery: INCUBATION, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

2017: Monmouth Museum of Art: "Hope for the Holidays," NJ, USA.

2017: Point of Contact Gallery, collaboration with UK artist Susan Stockwell in the project: Boite-En-Valise: Generate, Syracuse, NY, USA.

2016: Point of Contact Gallery: 40 Below’s Public Arts Task Force, Syracuse, NY, USA.

2015: Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY, USA.

2013: Edith Langley Barrett Art Gallery with Juan Cruz, Utica College, NY, USA.

2012: Biennial: TONY, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, USA.

2011: “La Casita Cultural Center Gallery,” Syracuse, NY, USA.

2004: “Origenes Gallery,” Havana, Cuba.

2003: “La Acacia Gallery,” Havana, Cuba.

2003: “L Gallery,” Havana, Cuba.

2001: “Proyecto Horizontal,” at “10 de Octubre Gallery,” Havana, Cuba.

2000: “Proyecto Horizontal,” at “Morro Gallery,” Havana, Cuba.

Public and Corporate Collections:

Cuban Art Collection at Binghamton University Art Museum, NY, USA.

Art Collection in “CdeCuba” magazine, Barcelona, Spain.

Adam Weitsman Collection, USA.

Larry B. Duncan Collection, WestPoint, GA, USA.

Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange, GA, USA.

The Charalampous Art Collection, Houston, TX, USA.

Collaborations:

Composed music and created videos for the works of Carlos Esteves (work in progress).

Collaboration with Susan Stockwell at Point of Contact Gallery, Syracuse, NY, USA, 2017.

Composed music and created videos for the works of Tomás Sánchez, Jake Fernandez, and Juan Miranda, between 2016 and 2017.

Bibliography:

"Gramática de Resistencia" by Andrés Isaac Santana, Aduana Vieja Editorial; Valencia, 2022.

"Abisay Puentes: La manzana en la cabeza" by Andrés Isaac Santana, in Hypermedia Magazine.

"Angustia | Abisay Puentes" by Andrés Isaac Santana, in AAL.

"La pintura el mejor sonido en el silencio" by Liannys Lisset Peña Rodríguez, in CdeCuba.