Author Talk and Book Signing by John A. Loom, "Revolution of Forms: Cuba's Forgotten Art Schools
Thursday, August 6, 2015, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Building Bridges Art Exchange, Santa Monica, CA
Talk and book signing by John Loomis, author of Revolution of Forms
The story of the forgotten art school of the Cuban Revolution

When: Thursday, August 6, 6-7:30pm
Where: Building Bridges Art Exchange ; Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. Unit F2
Santa Monica CA 90404


Screening of the documentary film, Unfinished Spaces with discussion led by John Loomis
Inspired by Revolution of Forms, the film traces the beginnings and current quandary of the unfinished art school of Havana with intimate documentary footage of Fidel Castro Directed by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray. Q & A led by John Loomis.
2011, 86 min

When: Friday, August 7, 6-8pm
Where: Peninsula Center Library; 701 Silver Spur Road Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

The book signing and film screening are held in conjunction with A GARDEN OF EXCESSES: Angel Ricardo Ricardo Rios, a solo exhibition of contemporary Cuban painting and sculpture opening July 31 at Palos Verdes Art Center. 

Born in Olguin, Cuba, Rios studied art at Institution Superior de Arte (ISA), Havana, Cuba as well as Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana. He currently lives in Mexico. Rios’ massive paintings and deft drawings blend organic, vegetal forms with allusions to the erotic in fantastic displays of sensual excess. Expressed in vibrant colors with a quick, sure hand, or made using his body to apply paint, his meld of Expressionist and Neobaroque explorations appear part abstraction and part dreamscape, recalling the theatrical presence celebrated in the Spanish Baroque. His two-dimensional pieces, which began as supporting works to his sculptural oeuvre, will be represented during the opening weekend along with an installation of Rios’ monumental inflatable sculptures. Now fully endowed with their own presence, the expressive paintings and drawings presented in A Garden of Excesses: Angel Ricardo Ricardo Rios will present the viewer with a celebration of sensuality.

Rios has exhibited at numerous museums and galleries internationally, including Museum of Talavera, Puebla, Mexico; El Museum Gallery, Bogota, Colombia; Lucia de la Puente, Gallery, Peru; El Chope University Museum, DF, Mexico; Pradilla Gallery, Madrid, Spain; Jacobo Carpio Gallery, Costa Rica and Nina Menocal Gallery, DF, Mexico, among other venues. His work has been showcased at many international art fairs including the Havana Bienal, the National Biennial of Visual Arts in Yucatan, and the Rufino Tamayo Painting Biennial, among others.
When: July 31 – October 4, Opening Reception July 31, 6 – 9pm
Where: Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 West Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Here’s the link to register for the talk:!calendar/cflm  
The documentary screening is open seating – first come, first served.

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