Abstraction – II
Samuel Feijoo (1914-1992) was born in San Juan de las Yeras, Las Villas, Cuba in 1914. Feijoo was a known poet, novelist, folklore researcher, and painter and draftsman. Feijoo for most of his life chose to remain outside of the urban bustle and the “cult” professional circles which he severely disliked. Feijóo published many of his drawings in the several magazines he founded including Ateje, Guámpara y Chágara, El caballito del Guabairo, Bailarín fantoche, and Islas y Signos, but he seldomly showed his works in gallery shows outside of the 1960s in Havana. The subject of Feijoo’s works are often forms from nature along with creatures of almost alien form. Feijoo was a good friend of famous French artist Jean Dubuffet, the founder of the Art Brut movement and champion of ‘low art’ in contrast to the tradition standard of beauty. Samuel Feijóo’s unique aesthetics approach can be described as as a defense of the deprived, the ‘lower class’, and especially the Cuban peasant, as well as his love for counter culture and Cuban folklore.
This work, quite reminiscent of the work of fellow artist and friend Jean Dubuffet, as well as Spanish artist Joan Miro, is an oil based pigment on loose burlap.
Measures 48.5″ x 24.5″ x 1.25″ overall including frame.