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Coffee on Paper, 60" x 40"
Reynier Llanes is one of the most complex and lucid figures of his generation in Cuba’s venerable tradition of narrative, symbolist painting. But beyond storytelling, Llanes can synthesize idea and image to forge symbols in intricate settings which come off as perfectly natural, as his highly recognizable coffee paintings demonstrate. And he wields a prodigious visual wit too, infusing tropical idiom with irony and humor. With acute theatrical sensibility, Llanes coalesces African myths, rural lore, and personal references with unabashed intensity and sensuality. A daring equilibrist of tonal ambiguities and multiple allusions, Llanes is a painter for whom boldness and imagination are synonymous.