Thursday, October 30, 2008

Type A (Adam Ames & Andrew Bordwin)

Prize (Flag), 2007, 351 painted protective cups.

Adam Ames born New York, NY (1969)
Andrew Bordwin born Framingham, MA (1964)
based in New York, NY

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Juan A. "Erman" González

The last Mile, 2005, ceramics

Born Havana (1956). Has lived in US since 1969.

Santiago Ydañez

Untitled, 2007, acrylic on canvas, 150 cm x 150 cm

Untitled, 2007, acrylic on canvas, 150 cm x 300 cm

Born Jaén, Spain (1969). Lives and works in Granada and Berlin.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Vincent Valdez, again

Winner, 2006

Station IV: Keep Your Guard Up Son, Now Get Back Out There and Fight!, 2004'
charcoal on paper, 60 in x 42 in

Born San Antonio, TX (1977)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Diamond Boxing Gloves

Dimensions of 7,6 cm in height and 6,3 cm in width. Gloves 35 carat and 10 carat black diamond white. In addition, their creation is 70-80 grams of gold. Diamond gear faces $ 20,000. Manufacturers report that the gloves ordering any possible colors and sizes.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Mr. Punch

Mechatronic Boxing Automata, 2005

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Mark Justiniani

Final Round, 2005, oil on canvas, 76 cm x 89 cm

Born Bacolod City, Philippines (1966). Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Spearmint Joe

Boxing Bull Terriers (see series)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Danny Ramírez

The Countdown, 2005, mixed media installation

Born Cuba. Lives and works in Miami, FL

Pavel Fabjanski

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Lisbet Fernández Ramos

Caminos, 2007, 30 esculturas en terracota.
(Fuerteventura, Canarias)

Alejandro "Urraco" Villarrubia

Alejandro Villarrubia (Madrid, 1971) Lleva desde 1996 compaginando su trabajo ajeno al mundo del arte con el mundo de la creación artística. Su obra ha sido expuesta en galerías como la H2O de Barcelona y la Galería EFTI de Madrid, así como en la Universidad de Valencia. También ha desarrollado trabajos como fotógrafo para portadas de discos, publicidad y revistas como Neo2, Vanidad, El Canto de la Tripulación, etc...

El trabajo de Urraco centrado, normalmente, en tribus urbanas y basado en la fotografía, descubre, a través del retrato, la psicología de sus protagonistas. Fotografías de gran formato a color, donde la pulcritud del plano y las miradas de los personajes hacen que el espectador quede absolutamente subyugado por la veracidad de estas imágenes. El proyecto Adrenalina que Urraco presenta para desarrollar la beca, pretende captar el mundo del boxeo, del que él mismo es partícipe como boxeador. De esta forma, el artista se inmiscuye en este deporte para reflejar a los distintos tipos de púgiles, haciendo incluso "que el espectador se acerque al boxeador y sienta la frustración de una derrota. (...) Quiero que el espectador disfrute la victoria que inunda los ojos del boxeador retratado. Por eso mis retratos se realizan nada más terminar el combate, para captar el dolor o la alegría reciente".

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Angel Ricardo Ricardo Ríos

Born Holguín (1965). Lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico

Mark E. Jones

The Hammer, Dr. Martin's dyes and Clorox in airbrush, 18 in x 24 in

Monday, October 20, 2008

Lindomar Placencia

Evite ser, 2002, blown glass, 5 cm x 50 cm

Cuban, born 1976

Evite ser, "una pieza tierna que sugiere cultivar el desapego y provocar la resignificación de nuestra memoria", según Lien Carrazana, permaneció instalada a la entrada del clausurado Centro Cultural Español, en La Habana.

Italian Served in Five Minutes

"Il quadro non è mio, è di un pittore cubano che quest’estate, a Cuba, è riuscito a vendermelo in 5 minuti Appena incorniciato e pronto per essere appeso."

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Eric Gómez

Sin Título, dibujo, 2007

Born Havana (1969)

Thomas Blackshear II

Joe Louis (Illustration for post stamp), 1993, watercolor on Bristol board

For this first U.S. stamp to honor a professional boxer, Thomas Blackshear painted an engaging portrait that was later rendered into finely engraved lines. The final stamp also included bold lettering, which evoked the style of vintage boxing posters.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Abel Herrero

Born Havana, 1971.

Swava Harasymowicz

Strongman, 2006, silkscreen on paper, 50 cm x 50 cm

Krakow-born and London based, Swava Hrasymowicz is currently working on a self-generated graphic novel and a new series of drawings and screenprints. Images - as signs, chance narratives.

Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2006, Swava's book covers, illustration, posters and design work have been commissioned by, The Folio Society, Guardian Weekend Magazine, Independent on Sunday, The Lancet, Martha Lane Fox, Modern Poetry in Translation Magazine, Penguin Books, Polskie Wydawnictwo Audiowizualne PWA-Polish Audiovisual Publishers, Random House, Uniqlo, and Wajda Film School, with posters shown during poster bienniale in China, Iran and Poland (2007-2008).

Friday, October 17, 2008

Yamilé Pardo

Digital Art


Murray Herbert Tinkelman. Ali Poster

Murray Tinkelman is an award-winning illustrator who has utilized a variety of subjects to harness the essence of sport art, and he was honored by the American Sport Art Museum and Archives as its 1995 Sport Artist of the Year.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Mandollar. Money works By Cesar Trasobares

Paper money is implicated in trade, wealth and survival across the gamut of contemporary human experience. Officially issued, bills pass from hand to hand, fueling trade and exchange, carrying transferable value. Their format and design allow portability and accumulation, imply authority and encourage social interaction and community. Currencies, as social instruments, are often bound to acceptance, credence and approval. In any culture, money talks.

Ben Jelter

Boxer, 2007, ink and mixed media on paper

See the creation process at:

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tomás Esson

Retrato # 16, oil on linen, 87 in x 68 in

Paul Goodnight

The Boxer, 1997, oil on canvas, size n/a

Born December 31, 1946, in Chicago, Goodnight's upbringing took place primarily in New London, Connecticut and Boston, Massachusetts. He was raised in a loving and disciplined foster home by a couple he describes as his role models for proper parenting.

After returning from Vietnam, Goodnight was so traumatized by images of war that he was unable to speak. Though some thought he had lost his mind, he knew he hadn't and began to communicate with his drawings the horrors of the war. Through this catharsis he was able to heal himself and regain his voice. Shortly thereafter he enrolled in Vesper George School of Art only to face another battle - his lack of academic experience. Determined to succeed, he enrolled in English Courses at Roxbury Community College and eventually earned a Bachelor's Degree from Massachusetts College of Art in 1976.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Odey Curbelo

From the dark series, 2007, oil on canvas, 30 cm x 24 cm

Next Friday September 26, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, of Copenhaguen, Denmark, presents the exhibition "Master of Hunt" of the Cuban artist Odey Curbelo Urquijo (Cienfuegos, 1976), where the traditional painting and its narrative possibilities are explored. By combining contradictions, Curbelo exposes illusory qualities of paintings that have traditionally had a prominent role in Western art history.,_Co-Lab!.html

Robert Riggs (1896-1970)

Untitled, ca. 1935, lithograph on paper, ca. 11 in x 17.5 in (paper size)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Alejandro Campins

Modern Democracy, 2008, oil on canvas, 59 in 51 in

La nieve también se ensucia, 2006, oil on canvas, 78.7 in x 59.1 in

Bryan Zanisnik

“He is not a Man” opens with a photomontage and a live narration about a respectable man who grew up in the farms of Ukraine. This man became a hero and was rewarded because he courageously rescued the Czar’s children from being massacred by a wolf. The ramification of these events three generations ago is revealed to the audience as Bryan Zanisnik’s autobiographical docudrama performance unfolds on stage.

In the next scene, the drums crescendoed, audibly introducing the boxing referee, and two fighters—a man and a wolf. Let’s get ready to rumble! In a smoke filled room and referee’s spit in the ring, fists flew, trainers cursed, audience screamed and waved American flags. Both fighters fought for their lives. What a match! The lights dim, the wolf walks away from the ring, and the audience chants, “he’s not a man”.


The underlying elements of this performance strongly resonate, heroism, masculinity, immigration, and class distinction. The ambiguity lies in the oscillation of the past and reflection of the present. History does not change, but history changes us. Bryan Zanisnik’s piece, “He is not a Man” invites the audience to have courage and seek out the past in an effort to demystify genealogical legends. This undertaking leads to discovering deeper layers of identity.

“He is not a Man” is a performance piece by Bryan Zanisnik. The performers include Bryan Zanisnik as the boxer, Dave Suter as the wolf, Ryan Saylor as the referee, and Eric Winkler and Randall Miller as trainers. Bob Carlton hails from Philadelphia and provided the music. The performance was approximately 20 minutes. The video piece edited with the photomontage was on MiniDV format.

Bryan Zanisnik is from New Jersey and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is currently enrolled in MFA Program at Hunter College. Some of the most recent places he has exhibited are Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, Moment Art, Art Omi (summer residency), Jersey City Museum, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art.

If you are intrigued, please visit his website and drop him a line about the next tour date of the match. Please visit

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Pedro Alderete (1961-2005)

Pedro Alderete (1961-2005)

Don't give up the fight, mixed media on canvas

Pedro Alderete (1961- 2005), a Cuban-Canadian artist, lived and worked in Toronto. Born in Havana, Cuba, he studied at the San Alejandro Academy of the Arts, where his ideological learnings clashed with that of Castro's communist state. He came to Canada in 1989 and worked as a barber before being accepted with advanced standing at the Ontario College of Art and Design, where he graduated in 1996. While continuing his artistic practice after graduating, he worked in more than twenty productions as a scenic painter for the film industry in Toronto.

"I come from a culture of Yoruba in which tales of deities with their stories of warfare intertwined with love are passed down orally. I believe in an unconventional structure of aesthetics and perception in the works that I produce." As a multi-media artist Pedro used painting, collage, photo-transfers, found objects, sculptures, installations and performance to express his ideas. The works that Pedro developed over the years have been drawn from a variety of sources and inspirations such as Cuban religious iconography, Cuban tourism, snapshots, and various military photos as well as architectural schematics. He has built narratives based on daily life and social-political concerns, works that questioned the necessity of war not only as seen in the world but also that of human condition, ultimately with a gesture in attaining peace.

He died tragically on Monday October 17th, 2005, while putting finishing touches on a large scale mural of his own design, a five-part mural on the outside of a million-square-foot building for Downsview Park. The last section of the mural he was working on symbolized stewardship and included a portrait of his 5-year-old daughter. This was the largest commissioned work that he received in his career. In January 1999 he presented a show in conjunction with the Cuban graphic master Agustín Rojas, who lived in Toronto by then, to benefit the Cuban Canadian Foundation, an organization of Cuban exiles. He died at 44.

Patti Mollica

Boxer, 1982, ink on paper

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Guerra de la Paz


Neraldo de la Paz (Matanzas, 1955) and Alain Guerra (Havana, 1968) make up the Miami team of Guerra de la Paz, whose current photography, sculptures and installations focus on unwanted and discarded clothing. The tableaux that Guerra de la Paz have created by focusing on camouflage gear need precious little description. Their camo Pieta speaks volumes.

George Grosz

Max Schmeling the Boxer, 1926, oil on canvas, 109 cm x 79 cm

Friday, October 10, 2008

Marcel Dzama

Boxers (15 drawings), 2001, ink on paper, 20 in x 15 in

Born in 1974. Lives and works in Winnipeg, Canada.

Илья Ефимович Репин. Ilyá Yefímovich Repin

Kubana, 1883, medium unknown, 9.o6 in x 5.51 in

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Winslow Homer

Customs House, Santiago de Cuba, 1885, watercolor on paper, 18 in x 13.75 in