Fabian Peña

  • Coca-Cola del Olvido
    2016
    Compressed paper, ink, wood
    Dimensions variable

  • Frozen Capital
    2017
    Crushed flies, stained glass, compressed paper, ink, wood
    Dimensions variable (each piece 6 x 2 1/2 inches)

  • Working for Change
    2017
    Crushed flies on canvas
    60 x 48 inches

  • It’s Just A Dream
    2017
    Collage, eggshells on canvas
    36 x 48 inches

  • Two Points of View
    2016
    Collage, eggshells on canvas
    36 x 48 inches

  • Horizontal Portrait
    2016
    Collage, eggshells on canvas
    36 x 48 inches

  • Untitled
    2014
    Mixed Media
    32 x 48 inches

  • From one moment to another, everything can change
    2012
    Cockroach wing fragments, translucent paper & light box
    28 1/2 x 28 1/2 x 8 inches

  • From one moment to another, everything can change (detail)
    2012
    Cockroach wing fragments, translucent paper & light box
    28 1/2 x 28 1/2 x 8 inches

  • Subliminal
    2011
    Collage, eggshells, crushed flies on canvas
    72 x 60 inches

  • Superficial Painting
    2011
    Collage, crushed flies on canvas
    72 x 60 inches

  • Modern Society
    2011
    Video, installation
    57 minutes

  • Something About Fashion
    2011
    Collage, crushed flies on canvas
    72 x 60 inches

  • 5 Letras
    2011
    Cockroach wing fragments on a five Yuan Chinese bill
    2 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches

  • Twenty Thousand flies were crushed to make this piece
    2011
    Collage, crushed flies on canvas
    72 x 60 inches

  • Faith
    2010
    Cockroach wing fragments on baseball

  • Monologo
    2010
    Dimensions Variable

  • Fifty-One Cockroaches Were Sacrificed to Make This Piece
    2010

  • Frozen Flight
    2008
    Flag made of fly wings
    Dimensions variable

  • Frozen Flight
    2008
    (detail)

  • The Impossibility of Storage for the Soul I (Self Portrait)
    2007
    Cockroach wing fragments on translucent paper

  • The Impossibility of Storage for the Soul I (Self Portrait)
    2007
    (detail)

  • Ochocientas moscas entregaron valienmente sus vidas para contribuir con la noble causa representada

  • From the Reconstructions Series
    2007
    Cockroach wing fragments on canvas
    16 x 20 inches

  • Monumental
    2004
    (in collaboration with Elsoca)
    Cockroach legs, glue, nylon thread and light

  • Puzzle I (From the Biodrawings Series)
    2006
    Crushed flies on 10 canvases

  • From the Biodrawings Series
    2006
    Crushed flies on canvas
    24 x 36 inches

  • From the Biodrawings Series
    2006
    Crushed flies on canvas
    24 x 36 inches

Fabian Peña reconstructs fragments of cockroach wings, crushed houseflies, hand-scripted text, and other materials rooted in animalia to inform man-made objects and environments. Peña’s synthesization of nature and popular culture endows the contemporaneity of a baseball, graffiti, or allusions to Modern sculpture with a cellular level of timelessness. Peña harkens to the Shakespearean interpretation of a corporeal “pound of flesh,” acknowledging the somatic price for locating beauty in the grotesque.

 

Fabian Peña was born in Havana, Cuba and lives and works in Miami, Florida. He studied at Superior Institute of Arts in Havana. Peña’s work has been shown extensively throughout the US, Europe and Latin America. His work has been featured in notable publications, including The New York Times, and The Miami Herald. Recent exhibitions include Dead or Alive at the Museum of Art and Design in New York (2010) and New Work Miami at Miami Art Museum.

Born in 1976 in Havana, Cuba; lives and works in Miami, FL

 

EDUCATION

 

2003
Superior Institute of Arts, Havana, Cuba

 

1995
National Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro, Havana, Cuba

 

1991
Vocational Art School “20 de Octubre,” Havana, Cuba

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2017
The Book, the Egg, and the Fly, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

 

2016
Everything is on the surface, Walgreens Window Project, Art Center/South Florida, curated by Susan Carabello, Miami Beach, FL

 

2011
Subliminal, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL

 

2008
GRIZZZ, Magnan-Emrich Contemporary, New York, NY
Frozen Moment, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL

 

2006
CRUSH (Nada más hermoso que volar y caer), Magnan-Emrich Contemporary, New York, NY
Obsessive Compulsive…BIODRAWINGS, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL

 

2005
In-Cógnita (Invernadero 3), performance at Florida Internacional University, Miami, FL

 

2004
Biodrawings, Image Factory Art Foundation, Belize City, Belize

 

2003
Dícese de…, (In collaboration with Carlos Ranc as part of Batiscafo Project) Centro de Arte 23 y 12, Havana, Cuba
El Lenguaje Perfecto, Center for the Development of the Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba

 

1997
Almacenamiento en tierra firme, Taller de Serigrafía Artística René Portocarrero, Havana, Cuba

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2017
Nature into Art/Art into Nature, PAXy, Miami, FL

 

2016
Liquid Sensibilities, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, FL
An Island Apart: Cuban Artists in Exile, curated by Janice Glowski, The Frank Museum of Art & Fisher Gallery, Otterbein University, Westerville, OH
Squaring the Circle, Curated by Ana C. Garcia, Design District, Miami, FL

 

2015
DCG Summer Show, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
Zona Ciega, Bienal de la Habana, Bazar Ingles, Havana, Cuba

 

2014
Amerika, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL

 

2013
Global Caribbean V, curated by Miguel Rojas Sotero, Duke University, Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami, FL
Cuban Connection: Contemporary Cuban-American Art From Florida, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL

 

2012
Dark Flow Lurking, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Cadáver Exquisito, White Spider Project Space, Mexico City, Mexico

 

2011
Cuba Now, 21c Museum, Louisville, KY
Cintas Finalists Exhibition, Freedom Tower, Miami-Dade College, Miami, FL
Aesthetics & Values, Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, FL

 

2010
New Work Miami 2010, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Circuito Cerrado, Polyforum Siqueiros, México, DF
Dead or Alive, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY

 

2009
The Line is a Lonely Hunter, New Jerseyy, Basel, Switzerland
The Art of Fashion and The Fashion of Art, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL

 

2008
Cuba! Artists Experience Their Country, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ

 

2007
In Your Face, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, Florida
Killing Time, Exit Art, New York, NY

 

2006
Waiting List (Time and Transition in Contemporary Cuban Art), Mestna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia
VIII Convocatoria Internacional de Jóvenes Artistas, Galería Luis Adelantado,Valencia, Spain
Hot Latin Artist, Magnan-Emrich Contemporary, New York, NY

 

2005
10th Anniversary of the I.F.A.F., Image Factory Art Foundation, Belize City, Belize
Wunderkammer I, Nina Menocal Gallery, México, DF

 

2004
Landings 1, Conkal Arte Contemporaneo/ CAC. Ex-Convent of Conkal, Mérida, México

 

2003
Virus, San Francisco de Asís Convent, Havana, Cuba
Maneras de Inventarse una Sonrisa, (Special Project of the VIII Havana Biennial),
Center for the Development of the Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba
VIII Havana Biennial (with Colectivo Enema), Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center, Havana, Cuba
From a Black Hole, Cultural Center of Spain, Havana, Cuba
Escrituras, Myto Gallery, México, DF
Cada Forma del Tiempo, Mental Health Comunity Center, Havana, Cuba
Inmersos en el Tiempo, Cultural Center of Spain, Havana, Cuba

 

2002
Otra Mirada, Center for the Development of the Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba
Diarias Impermanencias, Museo de las Artes de la Universidad de Guadalajara, Jalisco, México
From a Black Hole, Son Space, Girona, Spain; De Miguel Gallery, Munich, Germany; Galeri Christian Dam, Copenhagen, Denmark
El Prestamista y el Deudor, Superior Institute of Arts, Havana, Cuba
Recursos Humanos, Galería Habana, Havana, Cuba
Copyright, Cultural Center of Spain, Havana, Cuba
Arte Contemporánea de Cuba: 20 Artistas do III Salón de Arte Cubano, Galeria Marta Traba, Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

2001
Sensación-Idea. III Salón de Arte Cubano Contemporáneo, Center for the Development of the Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba
CD-RooM, Center for the Development of the Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba

 

2000
Habana-ISA Club, Superior Institute of Arts, Havana, Cuba
Primera Jornada de Performance, Cienfuegos, Cuba
Ni a la Izquierda ni a la Derecha, Casa del Joven Creador, Santa Clara, Cuba

 

1999
El Pabellón del Vacío, The Cuba Pavillion, Havana, Cuba
El Tiempo como Espacio, Intervention in spaces of the Superior Institute of Arts, Havana, Cuba
Premio Maratier, Galerie Etats d’Art, Paris, France

 

1998
Esto No Tiene Nombre, Superior Institute of Arts, Havana, Cuba
Esquirlas, Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro, Havana, Cuba

 

1997
El ocultamiento de las almas, Center for the Development of the Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba
Para quebrar los moldes, Taller de Serigrafía Artística René Portocarrero, Havana, Cuba

 

1996
Skulpturen und Grafische Werke aus Kuba, Museum Leuengasse, Zurich, Switzerland
Académica 96, National Academy of Fine Arts “San Alejandro,” Havana, Cuba

 

1995
Kunst aus Kuba, Museum Baviera, Zurich, Switzerland
La Oscuridad es algo más que ausencia de luz, Tina Modotti Gallery, Havana, Cuba

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Artsy Editorial. “A Group Show Considers Kafka’s ‘Amerika’ and Otherness in Art,” Artsy, 2014.
Simmons, Scott, “Armory explores works by artists from Cuba in latest exhibition,” Florida Weekly, February 7, 2013.
Tschida, Annet, “Young Miami Artists Making a Mark This Art Basel Go Around,” The Miami Herald, December 4, 2011.
Batet, Janet, “Histories Subliminales de Fabian Peña,” El Nuevo Herald, October 30, 2011.
Tschida, Anne, “For the love and life of insects,” Knight Arts, October 7, 2011.
Suarez de Jesus, Carlos, “Hothouse Art Sprouts at MAM,” Miami New Times, July 22- 28, 2010.
Tschida, Ann, “New Works of Miami,” Knight Arts Blog, July 22, 2010.
Stokes Sims, Lowery; and David Revere McFadden, Dead or Alive (exhibition catalogue), Museum of Arts and Design, 2010.
Angier, Natalie, “Of Compost, Molecules And Insects, Art Is Born,” The New York Times, May 4, 2010.
Rosenberg, Karen, “Fun With Feathers And Bones,” The New York Times, April 30, 2010.
Miranda, Carolina A., “Beetlemania,” ARTnews, January 2010.
Batet, Janet, “Art Baselita: Ese gesto irreverente que nos redime,” El Nuevo Herald, June 12, 2009.
/Younger than Jesus/ Artist Directory, Phaidon Press, 2009.
Batet, Janet, “Review of Fabian Peña exhibition at Bernice Steinbaum Gallery.” Art Nexus, no. 70, vol. 7, 2008.
Triff, Alfredo, “Entomología estética, sinestesia cromática y visión-en-estéreo en Wynwood,” El Nuevo Herald, March 23, 2008.
Suárez de Jesús, Carlos, “A Bug’s Death (Fabián Peña turns his obsession with the cockroach into art),” Miami New Times, March 20-26, 2008.
Rosado, Jesus, “El concepto bajo cero (Sobre ‘The Frozen Moment’ exhibición de Fabián Peña en la Bernice Steinbaum Gallery de Miami),” Cubaencuentro.com, April 11, 2008.
Herrera, Adriana, “Review of Fabián Peña exhibition at Bernice Steinbaum Gallery,” Arte al Día Internacional, no. 123, June-July 2008, p.117.
Cerejido, Elizabeth, “Elsoca & Fabián: A Vicious Cycle,” Miami Art Guide Magazine, Dec. 2006- Jan. 2007, pp. 22-27.
Suárez de Jesús, Carlos, “FACE TIME (A plethora of portraits gets the spotlight at Steinbaum),” Miami New Times, July 26 -August 1, 2007.
Ayers, Robert, “SCOPE ‘s All Smiles,” ARTINFO.com, June 13, 2007.
Suárez de Jesús, Carlos, “Rich Fertilizer: An Exhibition of Organic Art,” Miami New Times, January, 26 2006.
Junco, Jocelyn Adele G., “Elsoca y Fabián ‘obsessive compulsive’ BIODRAWINGS (los señores de las moscas),” El Nuevo Herald, February 19, 2006.
Steinhauer, Andrew, “The Play, the Glitzy & the Booty: IF @ A Dime,” The Belize Times Online, October 9, 2005.
Caputo, Amalia, “Review of Elsoca & Fabián at Bernice Steinbaum Gallery,” Arte al Dia Internacional, no. 114, 2006, p. 110.
Herrera, Adriana, “Una vigorosa muestra alternativa: Sweet Basil,” El Nuevo Herald, December, 11, 2005.
Leyva Martínez, Ivette, “Fuerte presencia cubana en Art Basel Miami Beach,” Cubaencuentro.com, December 3, 2004.
Montalván Colón, Eugenia, “Incitement of Fly,” Landings 1st (exhibition catalog), Eugenia Montalván Proyectos Culturales, S.C.P., 2004
González-Mora, Magda, “Dossier Cuba,” Atlántica, Revista de Arte y Pensamiento #36, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, Fall 2003.
González Rosas, Blanca, “Lo esencial es invisible para los ojos,” Proceso, October 26, 2003, p.68.
Fernández, Sandra Sosa, “Contragolpe,” Noticias de artecubano, no. 3, April 2003.
Turner, Elisa “While browsing Art Basel look out for these 10 pieces.” The Miami Herald. December 5, 2003.
Fernández, Frency, “Fluid,” Inmersos en el Tiempo (exhibition catalog), Cultural Center of Spain, Havana, Cuba, January 2003.
Fernández, Frency, “Humpty Dumpty,” Noticias de artecubano, no. 1, January 2002.
Cepero, Iris, “¿Quién dijo que el lenguaje es perfecto? (A propósito de la exposición de los artistas Adrián Soca y Fabián Peña en el Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales),” www.lajiribilla.cu, 2003.
Fernández, Frency, “ABACAD,” Diarias Impermanencias (exhibition catalog), Museo de las Artes de la Universidad de Guadalajara, México, November-December 2002.

 

GRANTS/RESIDENCIES

 

2016
CIFO Grants & Commissions Award, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, FL

 

2006
Reed Foundation Fellowship Award, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

 

2005
In-Cógnita Project, Residency granted by The Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University, Miami, FL

 

2003
Raúl Martínez Award, Superior Institute of Arts, Havana, Cuba
Gasworks Residency / Triangle Arts Trust, The British Council and The University of Brighton, Havana, Cuba