FABELO: “I LOVE THIS ISLAND TO WASTE”
To Fabelo, 2015 is a year full of projects. So, he says, will have to better organize their energies and time: will attend several important art fairs in the United States, will be present at the Havana Biennial, will focus on the atmosphere of a German ship, which Right now it is in construction phase, and preparing a series of sculptures to be placed on the island of Mallorca, in Miami and Havana.
And for Roberto Fabelo-painter, draftsman, illustrator and sculptor “create is your great enjoyment” and a need that accompanies it since childhood, when in his native Guáimaro molded lizards, frogs or scorpions (with wax honeycombs) or when drawing on the board of the school or polished slabs with a carpenter’s pencil, or when-and as a student at the Higher Institute of Art- carved the chalks and turned them into tiny and magical sculptures … Since always has served any support .
However, in recent times has made sculptures in bronze, which is a definitive support, but says that’s not important, “the bronze is not a concept, is a material and just what I do is to continue developing ideas and reasons pertaining to my agenda; now was the bronze, but if you feel the need to work with stainless steel, aluminum or bones-and either human or animals-I will, “said conclusively.
During the exclusive conversation with OnCuba Fabelo, we assumed that is betting on large format certainty that he does not share “is not necessarily so. Between June and September 2014, at the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA), Long Beach, California City, I made a major exhibition in which I displayed pieces of medium format, and a set which was really the heart of the exhibition – small drawings on the Treaty of human anatomy, Leo Testut, an ancient encyclopedia of medicine that has anatomical diagrams on which I worked, intervening pages and creating new images on those pages with texts and everything. ” However, it recognizes that the large format feels “very comfortable” while accepting that scale “demands a lot of energy because they are elaborate pieces, but I impose no limits.”
Debtor Goya and Velázquez, Fabelo recognizes that are within “its benchmark tissue” Fidelio Ponce also Cuban Rene Portocarrero and Carlos Enriquez, among many others, because on them has its sights and undoubtedly there are influences.
“Every Cuban is a born recycler,” he said on one occasion and now takes up the theme: “It is inherent in our own condition of survivors of the shortcomings and waivers to many things; Recycling is a term that refers not only to the material but to the best feelings, our memories, our culture. All we had to recycle and I have seen also in the tide and, as recycler and as Cuban- have used materials that might seem finite or their state of disappearance and have worked, and that look has turned a corner full cobwebs on a site ignota poetry. One can not underestimate anything in the environment, nothing gets out of hand of man, even though it has fulfilled its physical life cycle. In 1993 my friend the singer Silvio Rodriguez, gave me a song in which one of its parts says: ‘country where the wastes are loved yet. ” And it’s true, this island love to waste. ”
José Roberto Fabelo Perez (Guáimaro, Camagüey, 1950). Graduated from the Higher Institute of Art (1981) and the National School of Art (1972). He received, in 2004, the National Arts Award, the highest recognition awarded by the National Council of Plastic Arts and the Distinction for National Culture, awarded by the Ministry of Culture. He is a member of the Union of Writers and Artist of Cuba (UNEAC) and the International Association of Visual Artists.
His works are in important collections in Spain, Italy, Chile, France, Germany, Panama, Mexico, Venezuela, England, the United States and China, among other countries, and participated in various editions of the prestigious auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s, In New York. Considered one of the most outstanding artists of Cuban contemporary context, Fabelo, without sacrificing international commitments, is interested in his work is exhibited in public spaces in Havana, a city that feels deeply linked.