José Manuel Fors

Curriculum

1956, Havana, Cuba

1972 - 1976 San Alejandro Art Academy, Havana, Cuba.
1983 - 1986 Institute of Museum Studies. Havana, Cuba.

PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS
2012 Pormenores (Details). Eleventh Havana Biennial, Morro-Cabaña Park, Pavilion D5.
2011 Fragmentos (Fragments). Pan American Art Projects, Miami, U.S.A.
2008 Objetos (Objects). La Casona Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
2006 Objetos fotográficos (Photographic Objects). Auditorium of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.     
Historias circulares (Circular Stories). National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba. 
Círculos (Circles).  Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba.
2005 Boy Cott Art Gallery. Brussels, Belgium.
2004 Las cartas (The Letters). Casa de las Américas. Latin American Gallery. Havana, Cuba. Largas cartas (Long Letters). Couturier Gallery. Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.    
2003 Los objetos (The Objects). Geukens and De ViI Contemporary Art, Knokke- Zoute, Belgium.
2002 Fallen Leaves. Couturier Gallery. Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
2001 Grimaldis Gallery.  Baltimore. Ma, U.S.A. Beyond Cuba, Mirages of Absence. José Manuel Fors and Rogelio López Marín (Gory) Beadleston Gallery, New York., U.S.A.   2000 Couturier Gallery.  Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
1999 Salón Nacional de Fotografía (National Salon of Photography). November 2-30. Development Center for the Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba. José Manuel Fors, Cuban Photographer. Couturier Gallery. Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
1998 Foto-Installatles. Ommegangstraat 7, 9690, Kluisbergen, Kwaremont, Belgium. Geukens and De ViI. Knokke-Zoute, Belgium.
1997 Verso Photo Gallery. Tokyo, Japan. Las ventanas (The Windows). La Acacia Gallery. Havana, Cuba. Boy Cott Art Gallery. Brussels, Belgium. Los retratos (The Portraits). Morro Fortress. Sixth Havana Biennial. Havana, Cuba.  1996 Hojarasca. Proyecto el voluble rostro de la realidad. (Dead Leaves. Project: The Changeable Face of Reality). Fototeca de Cuba. Ludwig Foundation of Cuba. Havana, Cuba.
1995 El paso del tiempo, proyecto naturalezas conjuradas (The Passing of Time. Project: Conspiratory Natures). Wifredo Lam Center. Havana
1993 Desde la tierra (From the Earth). Second Photographic Days in Mérida. La Otra Banda Gallery. Mérida, Venezuela. Terra mater.  Alliance Française, Centro Chacaito, Caracas, Venezuela.  1992 Trabajos fotográficos (Photographic Works). Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba.  1988  La tierra (The Earth). Provincial Center of Plastic Arts and Design, Havana, Cuba. Golpes de vista (At First Glance). Provincial Museum. Villa Clara, Cuba.
1983 Acumulaciones (Accumulations). House of Culture, Municipality of Plaza. Havana, Cuba. 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013 Art Wynwood. Pan American Art Projects, Miami, FL, U.S.A.
2012 Estado actual. Muestra colectiva de las vanguardias cubanas (Current Stand. Group Showcase of the Cuban Vanguards). La Acacia Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
Las metáforas del cambio (The Metaphors of Change). Factoría Habana. Collateral, Eleventh Havana Biennial, Cuba.
HB. PABEXPO Fairground. Havana, Cuba.
2011 50 en los 50 (Fifty in their Fifties). La Acacia Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
Urbanitas. Pan American Art Projects, Miami, FL, U.S.A.
Art Miami 2011. Pan American Art Projects, Miami, FL, U.S.A.
Pinta New York 2011 (Paint New York 2011). New York City, U.S.A.
Cuban Connections Near and Far. MACLA, San José, CA, U.S.A.
Cuba in Focus. Foothill College, KCI Gallery, Los Altos Hills, CA, U.S.A.
Bienal de la Vasija 2011 (Biennial of Ceramic Containers 2011). Spanish-American Cultural Center, Havana, Cuba.
Pinta London Art Fair 2011. Panamerican Art Project. London, United Kingdom.
Cuban Vision. Metropolitan Pavilion, The Metropolitan Pavilion Suite, New York City., U.S.A.
ArtLA2011. Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
2010 Madrid Mirada, 14 Artistas Latinoamericanos. (Glance at Madrid. 14 Latin American Artists). Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba.
Portugal Arte 10. Primera Bienal de Arte (Portugal Art 10. First Art Biennial). Lisbon, Portugal.
Feria Arte Contemporáneo del Rhur (CAR) (Contemporaty Art Fair from the Rhur). Germany.
Hot Art Basel 2010. Claramatte Parkhaus, Basel, Switzerland.
Alicia Alonso Dances Here Tonight. Magnanmetz Gallery. New York, U.S.A.
Cuba Avant-Garde: Arte Contemporáneo Cubano de la Colección Farber (Cuba Avant-Garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber Collection). University of Miami Lowe Art Museum, FL, U.S.A.
Encuentros.(Meetings). Sala Retiro, Caja Madrid, Spain.
ArtLA2010. Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
2009 Cronos (Time). La Casona Gallery. Havana, Cuba.
Madrid Mirada, 14 Artistas Latinoamericanos (Glance at Madrid. 14 Latin American Artists). Museum of Modern Art of Cuenca, Ecuador.
CIGE 2009 China  International Gallery Exposition 2009. World Trade Center Exhibition Hall. Beijing, China.
HB. Muestra de Arte Cubano Contemporáneo (HB. Showcase of Contemporary Cuban Art). PABEXPO fairground. Havana, Cuba.
2008 Rodeado de agua: Expresión de libertad y aislamiento en el arte cubano contemporáneo (Surrounded by Water: Expression of Freedom and Isolation in Contemporary Cuban Art). Boston University Art Gallery, MA, U.S.A.
Madrid Mirada. 14 Artistas Latinoamericanos (Glance at Madrid. 14 Latin American Artists). Circle of Fine Arts, Madrid, Spain.
ARCO International Art Fair. Madrid, Spain.
Madrid Mirada, 14 Artistas Latinoamericanos (Glance at Madrid. 14 Latin American Artists). Museum of Art and Contemporary Design of San José de Costa Rica.
show and tell: the art of vision. Zimmer Children´s Museum. Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
CUBA. Art History from 1868 to Today. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada.
Madrid Mirada, 14 Artistas Latinoamericanos. (Glance at Madrid. 14 Latin American Artists). Museum of Contemporary Art, Panama.
Madrid Mirada, 14 Artistas Latinoamericanos (Glance at Madrid. 14 Latin American Artists). National Library Juan Vasconcelos, Mexico City, Mexico.
Madrid Mirada, 14 Artistas Latinoamericanos (Glance at Madrid. 14 Latin American Artists). Museum of Visual Arts, Santiago de Chile, Chile.
Isla in Continente. National Art Gallery FUNDARTE, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Subasta Habana (Havana Auction). Havana, Cuba.
2007 youTHink. Zimmer Children´s Museum. Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Cuba Avant Garde: Arte Contemporáneo Cubano de la Colección Farber. (Cuba Avant Garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber Collection). Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL, U.S.A.
Cuba Avant Garde: Arte Contemporáneo Cubano de la Colección Farber. (Cuba Avant Garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber Collection). Ringling Museum, Tampa, FL, U.S.A.
Habanart à Québec. Quebec, Canada.
Homing Devices.  Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL, U.S.A.
2006 Show and tell: the art of time. Zimmer Children’ Museum. Los Angeles, U.S.A. ArtLA2006. Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A. Arteamericas2006. The Latin American Art Fair. Miami, FL, U.S.A. Arte de Cuba (Art from Cuba). Banco do Brasil Cultural Center, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Subasta Habana .Havana, Cuba.
2005 Documenting Poetry: Contemporary Latin American Photography. Maier Museum of Art. Virginia, U.S.A.  En blanco y negro. Fotografía Cubana Contemporánea (In Black and White. Contemporary Cuban Photography). San Lucas 9 Gallery. Madrid, Spain. Proyecto Espacios. Espacios Gallery. Madrid, Spain.
Subasta Habana .Havana, Cuba.
JUANNIO Latin American Art Auction. National Museum of Modern Art Carlos Mérida, Guatemala.
2004 No Island is an Island: Contemporary Cuban Art, Sawhill Gallery, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, U.S.A. Subasta Habana. Havana, Cuba.
2003 Contemporary Art and the Art of Survival. Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, San José State University, San José, California, U.S.A.   Subasta Habana. Havana, Cuba.
Humanitarian Auction. Contemporary Cuban Art Auction. Casa de las Américas. Havana, Cuba.
2002 Shifting Tides: Cuban Photography after the Revolution. Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, U.S.A. La Photographie Contemporaine à Cuba. Mois de la Photo à Paris. Fnac Etoile, Paris, France. Subasta Habana. Havana, Cuba.
2001 Four Cuban Photographers. Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
Shifting Tides: Cuban Photography after the Revolution. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A. Shifting Tides: Cuban Photography after the Revolution. Grey Art Gallery, New York University, NY, U.S.A.
2000 Vigovisións. IX Fotobienal. Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain. 
Humanitarian Auction. Contemporary Cuban Art. Casa de las Américas. Havana, Cuba.
1999 La huella múltiple (The Multiple Trace). Development Center for the Visual Arts. Havana, Cuba. Metáforas / Comentarios. Artistas de Cuba (Metaphors / Commentaries. Artists from Cuba). State University of San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
Lo real infatigable (The Untiringly Real). Ludwig Foundation of Cuba / Development Center for the Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba.                        
1998 ¿Cómo es posible ser cubano? (How Can One Be Cuban?) La  Maison de l'Amérique Latine. Paris, France. Fragmentos a su imán (Magnetized Fragments). Casa de Las Américas. Havana, Cuba. Empreintes Cubaines (Cuban Traces).  Théatre National de Chaillot. Paris, France. 20 Festival des 3 Continents. Chapelle de I'Oratoire. Nantes, France.  1997  Contemporary Cuban Art.  33 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto, Canada.
1996 Cuban Photography. Fotocentre. Journalists’ Union of Russia. Moscow, Russia. I Salón Nacional de Arte Ecológico (First National Salon of Ecologic Art). Varadero. Matanzas, Cuba. 1995   Relaciones peligrosas (Dangerous Relations). Development Center for the Visual Arts. Havana, Cuba. Vestigios. Ego: un retrato posible (Traces. Ego: A Possible Portrait).  Development Center for the Visual Arts. Havana, Cuba. Naturaleza Vive (Nature Lives). Salón de los Pasos Perdidos, Capitol Building. Foundation of Nature and Humankind. Havana, Cuba. First International Art Fair. World Trade Center. Mexico City, Mexico. First National Salon of Contemporary Cuban Art. National Museum of Fine Arts. Havana, Cuba. Visioni, Cuban Photography from the Nineties. Spazio Italia. Milan, Italy.
1994 X Abril Mes de la Fotografía (X April Month of Photography).  Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico.
1993 La nube en pantalones (The Cloud in Pants). National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba. Plástica Cubana Contemporánea de los Ochenta (Contemporary Cuban Plastic Arts from the Eighties). University Museum of El Chopo, Mexico.
1992 Contemporary Cuban Photography. Traveling exhibition. Florence, Italy.
1991 Nuevas adquisiciones contemporáneas.  Muestra de arte cubano (New Contemporary Acquisitions. Cuban Art Showcase). National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba. Fourth Havana Biennial. L Gallery, Havana, Cuba.  1989   49th International Photographic Salon of Japan. Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Kyoto, Sapporo, Fukuoka. Japan. Third Havana Biennial.  National Museum of Fine Arts. Havana, Cuba.  1988  Jóvenes fotógrafos (Young Photographers). Provincial Center of Plastic Arts and Design. Havana, Cuba. Contemporary Cuban Painting. Tretiakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
1987 El árbol y la vida (The Tree and Life). National Museum of Fine Arts. Havana, Cuba. Visiones del paisaje (Landscape Visions). Gallery of the University of Los Andes. Mérida, Venezuela.
1986 Pintura cubana actual (Cuban Painting Today). National Gallery of Contemporary Art. San José, Costa Rica. Second Havana Biennial. National Museum of Fine Arts. Havana, Cuba.  1985  De lo contemporáneo (On the Contemporary).  National Museum of Fine Arts. Havana, Cuba.  1984   Manipulación y alteración de la imagen fotográfica (Manipulation and Alteration of the Photographic Image).  Consejo Mexicano de la Fotografía. Mexico City, Mexico. Concurso Internacional de Carteles de Cine (International Film Poster Contest).  23 y M Gallery, Havana, Cuba.  1983 Encuentro de Jóvenes Artistas Latinoamericanos (Meeting of Young Latin American Artists). Casa de Las Américas. Havana, Cuba.  1982 Premio de Fotografía Cubana (Award to Cuban Photography). 23 y M Gallery. Havana, Cuba.
1981 Volumen I (Volume I). International Art Center, Havana, Cuba. Trece artistas jóvenes (Thirteen Young Artists). Habana Gallery. Havana, Cuba. Sano y sabroso (Healthy and Tasty). 23 y M Gallery. Havana, Cuba. Cuban Posters, Drawing and Graphics from Cuba. New Delhi, India.
1980 I Salón de Pintura Carlos Enríquez (First Painting Salon Carlos Enríquez).   International Art Center. Havana, Cuba.
1979 Pintura fresca (Fresh Paint). Artist’s residence. Havana, Cuba. Pintura fresca (Fresh Paint). Art Gallery from Cienfuegos. Cienfuegos, Cuba.
1978 Exposición Colectiva de Dibujos (Group Exhibition of Drawings). Habana Gallery, Havana, Cuba.

COLLECTIONS
National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
Museum of Art. Fort Lauderdale, FL, U.S.A. University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA, U.S.A.
Fototeca de Pachuca, Pachuca, Mexico. Fundación Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela. Museum Las Américas, Managua, Nicaragua. City Council of Vigo, Vigo, Spain.  FNAC.
National Council for Plastic Arts (CNAP), Havana, Cuba.
The Pilara Foundation, San Francisco, California. U.S.A.

AWARDS
2011  Award of the Biennial of Ceramic Containers 2011. Havana, Cuba.
2007  Special Teaching Category of Consultant Professor at the Higher Institute of Art of Havana, Cuba.
2001  Diploma to Art Merit. Higher Institute of Art (ISA), Havana, Cuba.
1999  Distinction For National Culture. Ministry of Culture. Havana, Cuba.
1996  Mention. First National Salon of Ecologic Art. Varadero, Matanzas, Cuba.
1989  Gold Medal. 49th International Photographic Salon of Japan. Tokyo,
Japan.
1988  Mention in Photography. Contest “13 de Marzo”. L Gallery. Havana, Cuba.  1985  Mention in Photography. Contest “13 de Marzo”. L Gallery. Havana,

Statement

My transit through painting was brief; I soon began to use different means and materials, from natural elements to diverse objects. Photography has been my favorite means and possible the most employed one in recent years. My interest for the individual memory and the passing of time has been represented through the appropriation and accumulation of everything that captures my attention. Photographic images, objects, documents, are usually part of my installations.

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