Rigoberto Antonio Guerrero is a contemporary Cuban American Artist. He was born in 1968 in Matanzas Cuba, under the Castro regime. Guerrero grew up in a household where artistic expression was appreciated and encouraged; although materials were not always available, his dreams and ideas were always abundant.
In 1986 Antonio was drafted into the army and was immediately transported to Africa to fight in the Ethiopian War. He was inspired by the people and scenes of Africa and he developed an interest in modern expressionism and began to experiment with modern forms of visual art. The popularity of his work led to exhibits of his paintings at the military base.
Antonio returned to Cuba in 1988 where he resumed his job as an artisan specializing in painting, engraving woodcarving, sculpting and metal work. Feeling increasingly oppressed by Cuba’s government, and unhappy with the worsening living conditions, Antonio, along with two other men, climbed into a raft they had secretly designed and built. Floating off from the coast of Matanzas, they were at sea for five days before being rescued and brought to the U.S.
In January of 1995 Guerrero’s “Balseros del 92”, (“The Rafters of 92”) was exhibited at Vanidades Gallery in Miami, FL. This painting was part of a collection donated to the Jose Marti Foundation in order to raise money for the Florida International University student scholarships. This portrait of himself along with his cousin and friend fleeing Cuba was said to best commemorate the occasion. On May 17, 1996 Guerrero’s work was exhibited by U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Washington D.C. as a part of the “Cubans in exile” exhibit.
Guerrero sees the world as a cosmic stage for human activity. “I’m in the system like a computer programmer writing codes with my sketchbook and brushes, playing the critic, here to create and program the unconscious. Apart from all the trouble we cause ourselves, I believe we are immersed in a powerful and beautiful mystery. The fact of our existence is a great riddle to me.
Selected Exhibitions: (*Solo Shows)
2012* Red Bar Gallery, under the name “Red Planet” Firs Art Walk on Brickell ,Miami FL, (USA)
2012 Studio 18,under the name “Sincerity Project” Pembroke Pines FL, (USA)
2011 Cafeina Wynwood Lounge “Becks Emerging Artist” Miami FL, (USA)
2011 Leals Gallery, under the name “Cuban Master under 360″ Miami FL, (USA)
2011 Mano Fine Art Project Space, under the name “Made in the USA, Miami FL( USA)
2011 Leal’s Gallery, under the name “Cubanos de aqui y de alla”, Miami FL, (USA)
2011 SeaFair, Represented by Aldo Castillo Gallery, Curated by Aldo Castillo, Sarasota FL, (USA)
2011 Art Naples, Represented by Aldo Castillo Gallery, Curated by Aldo Castillo, Naples FL,(USA)
2011 Art Naples, Represented by Miami Wave, Curated by Sergio Garcia, Naples FL, (USA)
2011 Ava Art Gallery, under the name, “Close encounter II” Wynwood, Miami FL, (USA)
2010 Ivan Galindo Art Studio, Miami FL (USA)
2010* Condesa Gyn,Dance and theater of Miami, Miami FL (USA)
2010 US Century Bank, under the name “Two Artist Same Dream” Miami Beach FL,(USA)
2010* AbaHouse Art Gallery, under the name “Evolution” 20 years in the Making, Miami Fl
2010 Miami Dade West Campus Martin and Pat Fine Center for the Arts, (USA)
2010 AbaHouse Art Gallery, under the name “Close encounters”; Doral Miami Fl (USA)
2010* US Century Bank, under the name “Exile on Main Street” Miami Beach, Fl (USA)
2010* Touch Muah, under the name “I live in a Red Planet” Miami Beach, Fl (USA)
2010 ArtRouge Gallery Miami Florida (USA)
2010 Renee Gallery, under the name “The Future belongs to you”, Miami Florida (USA)
2010 The Art of Freedom, under the name “51 Años de todos”, Miami Florida (USA)
2010 International Art Fair Palm Beach, Convention Center, Presented By Aldo Castillo’s Gallery
2010 International Art Fair Miami, It’s Present by Aldo Castillo’s Gallery, Miami Beach Convention C.
2009 Leal Gallery, under the name! “Milla 45” Miami Florida (USA)
2009 MAC Building, under the name “Artistas por una America Verde” @ 5960