Julio Ferrer

• Born in Cienfuegos, Cuba; lives in Hamilton Ontario, Canada.
• Graduated from the National School of Visual Arts in Havana, Cuba, in 1992; Elementary School of Visual Art “Rolando Escardo”, Cienfuegos, Cuba in 1988.
• Ferrer is best known for his Pop Art style, Cuban street scenes and classic cars, for which he has won numerous prizes and awards.
• According to one art critic Ingrid Mayrhofer:  Ferrer “explores [Cuba’s] love/hate relationship with the north and particularly the USA.  The coming and going of waves of tourists and the rising sex trade, waves of Cubans who want to leave, waves of foreign products such as Russian washing machines and Chinese rice cookers, all form part of the young painter’s pop imagery. In the background Hokusai’s symbolic wave shifts color and shape. Ferrer reminds us that nothing is constant, especially not (art) history.”

EXHIBITIONS

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2011
- “TRANSITIONS…from Cuba to America”, Galerie Gabriel, Englewood NJ, USA.

2010
-   “GHOSTS”, The Print Studio, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

2009
-   Live Painting, “Hands-on Hamilton”, Westside Concert Theatre, Hamilton, Canada.

2008
-   “Live Painting”, Intrepid Travel, Toronto, Canada.

2007
-   “Paintings”, The Factory above The Factory, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

-   “iPoder”, The Print Studio, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

2006
-   “Por qué estoy aquí”, ArtHus Gallery, Hamilton, Canada.

-   “Wave Goodbye”, Casuccio Gallery, Toronto, Canada.

-   “Allá voy…”, Gallery 23 y 12, La Habana, Cuba.

2005
-   “Candelabros”, Gallery AHS, Cfgos, Cuba.

2004
-   “Hola Hokusai”, Museum of the City, Cfgos, Cuba.

-   “EyaculArte”, Museum of the City, Cfgos, Cuba.

2003
-   “A trazos – A trozos”, Gallery AHS and the Heritage Province Center, Cfgos, Cuba.

2002
-   “Se Busca Combustible”, Mateo Torriente Gallery, UNEAC, Cfgos, Cuba.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2010
-   “Pursuits of Aesthetics”, Earls Court Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

-   “Ink Impressions”, Earls Court Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

2009
-   “100 Prints”, Open Studio, Toronto, Canada.

-   “Island Views”, Spence Gallery, Toronto, Canada.

2007
-   “Confluences” Cuban Pop Art in Three Times, Gallery Havana Club, Museo del Ron, Habana, Cuba.

SELECTED AWARDS AND MENTIONS

2006
-   Selected Artist of the Year of the province, Cienfuegos, Cuba.
-   First Prize, VIII Salón Mateo Torriente de la UNEAC, Gallery Boulevard, Cienfuegos, Cuba.
-   Special Mention, Salón Provincial 5 de Septiembre, Art Center, Cienfuegos, Cuba.

2004
-   Mention, Salón Provincial 5 de Septiembre, Art Center, Cfgos, Cuba.

2003
-   First Prize, VI Salón Mateo Torriente de la UNEAC, Gallery Boulevard , Cfgos, Cuba.
-   Mention, Salón Provincial 5 de Septiembre, Art Center, Cfgos, Cuba.
-   Prize and Prize for the Whole Work, V Salón de Humor “La Picua”, Museum of the City, Cfgos, Cuba.

2002
-   Prize, V Salón Mateo Torriente, Gallery Boulevard , Cfgs, Cuba.

2001
-   Prize UNEAC, salón Provincial 5 de Septiembre, Gallery Boulevard, Cfgos, Cuba.
-   Second Prize of Political Humor, XII International Biennal of Humor, San Antonio de los Baños, La Habana, Cuba.
-   Prize White Humor, Prize Art Center, Prize Humor Magazine La Picua, IV Salón del Humor, Museum of the City, Cfgos, Cuba.

1997
-   First Prize of Humoristic Cartoon, X Bienal Internacional del Humor, San Antonio de los Baños, La Habana, Cuba.

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

-   Museo Provincial de Cienfuegos

-   Museo del Humor de San Antonio de los Baños

-   Private collections in Canada, USA, Mexico, Panama, Brazil, Canary Islands, Spain, Cuba, Germany and Denmark

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