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The masterly opening remarks were given by Havana City historian Eusebio Leal, and present at the ceremony was the daughter of the poet-painter, Adamelia Feijoo, and a group of friends and admirers of the author of Faz, like intellectuals Cintio Vitier and Fina Garcia Marruz, among many other personalities.

I would like to call your attention to this exhibition. Its the most significant of the ones presented so far (rare and only a few) on Feijoos work, and Im telling all Cubans who can go to the Fine Arts Museum that its worth visiting it. They may do so until June, when the show ends.

With Cleva Solis, Samuel had a long friendship, based on the creation of poetry and plastic arts.

Why? Because here were not only dealing with an exhibition of a vast and rich artistic production that covers the period elapsed between 1937 until the early 1980s, were also in the presence of a painter whose work will increasingly become a milestone. In his pieces, we can observe elements of Cubas idiosyncrasy. They tell us that this man, by way of a chant to nature, went beyond the creation of a personal work in the strict sense of the word. La cena (1944), El Polifemo cubano (1948), El mito del conejo (1950-1952), La cena del guajiro (1954-1963), Esta noche baila aquí Alicia Alonso (1977), and his collection as a whole, speak about identity, beauty and color, about a strange mixture of joy and sadness, and of the emotion common to a people like ours.

The great German artist and critic Roberto Altmann, known worldwide, defined Feijoos work, in words especially written for this exhibition: "The strange and deeply original road of Feijoos graphic art, diverging from traditions and styles, surprising in its rareness, imitated the sarmentous plant in its chaotic growth." On the catalogue, curator Roberto Cobas urges us "to continue to decipher the mysteries of an authentic and profoundly Cuban and universal creator."

Samuel Feijoos immense creative work "in poetic and narrative prose and among the best verses of Cuban poetry" is turned into visual, pictorial images. Were in the presence of poetic art in the form of nature dressed in ornaments, and undressed amid an impressive orgy of lianas, fruits, bushes, and color (the explosive Los músicos, 1944), in which an intelligent composition, a general sense of poetry, lie hidden behind each painting.

And thats the center of this rare exhibition, masterly and therefore extraordinary: the concept of poetry, the poetic catapult of nature that this very unique man, Samuel Feijoo (1914-1992) left all of us Cubans. To tour the exhibition, to observe each and every one of his pictorial pieces, is to get acquainted with this marvelous man whose life and work grew amid the love of his people, in the loyalty to his popular essence, rooted in the best of Cuban culture. Un sol desconocido: Samuel Feijoo is not just "another" exhibition. Its an uplifting event to be enjoyed. Different characters -women resting in undergrowth, kings, queens of the people surrounded by lianas and fruits, Cuban myths, social criticism, the bright magic of lavish colors "good art to feast ones eyes on", are waiting for us: the work of an extraordinary artist whose valuation continues to grow.


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