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Hurricanes in Paint: Juan Miguel Pozo Cruz's Unsettled Ruins

Updated: Feb 22, 2019

Juan Miguel Pozo Cruz, La Construcción de la Cruz, 2017 Acrylic on Canvas, 200 x 250 cm

By Karen Moe

The paintings of Juan Miguel Pozo Cruz (Pozo) never stop moving. Born in Cuba in 1967, part of the first generation of the post-revolutionary diaspora, living through the “Special Period” of extreme economic hardship, defecting to Berlin in 1995 and not being able to return to his homeland until 20 years later, it is not surprising that an essence of upheaval is the foundation for much of Pozo’s work. Nevertheless, such an untenable stillness is not disturbing; rather, his paintings contain an uncanny familiarity that can calm with the honesty of nothing ever being fixed...

Read the original article published by whitehot magazine in August 2018 here.


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