Rubén Rodriguez Martínez(Cárdenas, Matanzas, 1959)

It is true that many Cuban artists have openly expressed in their works elements that were part of important religious secrets; likewise, ethnography has recorded and described a great number of these details. But what decision should be taken when an artist such as Rubén Rodríguez has integrated Santeria and Ifa elements in a large part of his work, in such a voluntarily discreet way that those links are hardly verifiable? Rubén Rodríguez does not speak much about his works. And much less of the relationships of his works to religious events, objects and symbols.

From “Cloaks” Series
Year: 2002
Technique: Oil, ink, and charcoal on Guarro heavy paper
Size: 70 x 100 cm

Theme: gender
From “Cloaks” Series
Year: 2002
Technique: Oil, ink, and charcoal on Guarro heavy paper
Size: 70 x 100 cm

Concept: gender
Rubén Rodriguez Martínez(Cárdenas, Matanzas, 1959)

It is true that many Cuban artists have openly expressed in their works elements that were part of important religious secrets; likewise, ethnography has recorded and described a great number of these details. But what decision should be taken when an artist such as Rubén Rodríguez has integrated Santeria and Ifa elements in a large part of his work, in such a voluntarily discreet way that those links are hardly verifiable? Rubén Rodríguez does not speak much about his works. And much less of the relationships of his works to religious events, objects and symbols.

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