Born 1961, Havana, Cuba, Cuba.
Lives and works in Miami, Florida, United States.
Cesar Garcia was born in Havana, Cuba in 1961; his first encounter with the arts was through his uncle, a Cuban Artist who learned his trade at the world-renowned San Alejandro Academy of Arts. Garcia moved to the United States in 1969 and has never forgotten those moments as a child he experienced in his uncles studio: images that live in him and are always a part of him. Garcias passion for the arts has always lived in his heart and soul, every minute of his life. His fascination with the great masters has helped him better understand the need to express himself in a totally different form. His inclination is unique. His work is of a figurative nature in a surrealist style, which marks a panorama of complex creativity yet, simple presentation of form and composition. His work touches the inner soul of various cultures with all its ethnic influences. His attack upon the paintings surface is conceived after a process of inspiration from within. He analyzes his feelings and state of mind that preoccupies the artistic arrangement of forms, inner language and symbols. Garcia describes his work as being the ultimate antithesis of classical form. He paints with his soul and imagination and tells a story on every single occasion. His work can be found in several public collections including the Division of Cultural Affairs (State Art Collection) Tallahassee, Florida, Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, Connecticut, University of Miami (Casa Bacardi) Institute for Cuban and Cuban-America Studies, Village of Wellington (Art in public Places) and many other institutions, foundations and recognized collections rendering him an important Cuban-American artist of his generation. SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2006 Somewhere In Time The Capitol Gallery, Division of Cultural Affairs (22nd Floor) Tallahassee, FL 2004 The Inner Soul of Cuban Culture, University of Miami CASA BACARDI, Miami, FL Art in City Hall, Hollywood City Hall, Hollywood, FL 2003 Recent Works, Diego Victoria Fine Art, North Miami Beach, FL Identity, Oriental Garden Gallery, Coral Gables, FL 2002 New Works, Bronxville Art Center, Bronxville, NY 2001 Celebration of Miamis 105th Anniversary, Wolfson Campus Tower Art Gallery, Miami, Fl Freedom, Jackson Memorial Art Building, Miami, FL 2000 Wall to Wall, Artesano Art Gallery, Coral Gables, FL SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2007 Penn con Salsa 24th Annual Festival Latino, Penn of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 2006 Auction 06 Contemporary Latin American Art, Museum of Latin American Art, MOLAA, Long Beach, CA Figurative Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Garden, Ormond Beach, FL 2006 Digital Art International M.I.A.D, Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes "Rosa Galisteo de Rodriguez", and Museo Municipal de Bellas Arte Juan B Castagnino, Argentina Celebration of Diversity, The Gallery at Eissey Campus Palm Beach Community College, Palm Beach Garden, FL Master Mystery Art Show, Art Basel Week Miami, Beach FL 621 Annual Art Auction 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL Opening Day Diego Victoria Gallery, Wynwood Art District, FL 2005 A Taste of Moca, Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA, Hot Springs, AK Master Mystery Art Show, FIU, Art Basel Week Miami, Beach FL Bass Museum Auction, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL International Exhibit of Charlotte, Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte, NC Twelve Printers, Lurie Gallery, Miami Design District, FL Don Quijote Cabalga de Nuevo, Hart Witzen Gallery, Charlotte, NC Group Show, Hispanic Heritage Art Festival, Miami, FL Impression, Art Temple Center, Miami Beach, FL Afro-Latino, Mecklenburg Public Library, Charlotte, NC Black Heritage Month, Hollywood City Hall, Hollywood, FL 2004 Master Mystery Art Show, Art Basel Week Miami, Beach FL All Art Collections Start Small, The Art Gallery at Government Center, Miami, FL Las Olas Rocks, Sotherby International -Charity Auction, Ft. Lauderdale, FL A Night of Art in Bongos, Genesis Artists for Aids, Bongos American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL Charlotte le pinta a La Virgen de Guadalupe, Arts United, Traveling Exhibition From Charlotte, NC To New York, NY Group Show, Old Capitol Gallery, State Capitol, Tallahassee, FL Gallery Night, Centro Cultural Cubano Heberto Padilla, La Casa Azul, Fort Worth, TX Visions, Diego Victoria Fine Art, North Miami Beach, FL 2003 Iberoamerican Contemporary Artist, Coffey and Thompson Art Gallery, Charlotte, NC Hands On, Diego Victoria Fine Art, North Miami Beach, FL Viewpoint, Galleria West, Westview, NJ Images, Atelier Art Gallery Chelsea, NY 2002 Up and Away, Bronxville Art Center, Bronxville, NY Signature Image, The Landmark Art Space, Newark, NJ Latin American Identity, United Airlines Club, Miami International Airport, FL Mainstream, Red Carpet Club, Miami International Airport, Miami, FL Contemporary Artist, Art Lovers International, Coral Gables, FL 2001 Absolut Chalk Festival, South Beach, Miami Beach, FL Four of Us, Jackson Memorial Art Building, Miami, Fl All Night, Tower Art Gallery, Miami, Fl Gallery Night, Bacardi USA Sponsored Gallery Night, Coral Gables, FL Hispanic Heritage Art Festival, Miami International Airport. Miami, FL 2000 Pintores Cubanos, Casa Pansa Art Space, Miami, FL Works on Paper, Alas Fine Art Gallery, Miami, FL Viernes Culturales Art Festival Little Havana, Miami, FL Spring Show, Nabuc Fine Art Gallery, Miami, FL Gallery Night Bank of America, Coral Gables, FL 1999 Latin Viewpoint, Artesano Art Gallery, Coral Gables, FL Inner World, Yerba Buena Bistro Art Café, Coral Gables, FL Group Show, Viernes Culturales Art Festival, Miami, FL 1998 Carnival Miami, Annual Juried Exhibition, Miami, FL Summer Dream, Artesano Art Gallery, Coral Gables, FL Group Show, Hispanic Heritage Art Festival, Miami, FL 1997 Hispanic Heritage, Annual Juried Exhibition, Miami, FL Group Show, Calle Ocho, Art Festival, Miami, FL 1996 Contemporary Artist, Fundora Art Gallery, Miami, FL 1995 Group Show, Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, FL Group Show, Hispanic Heritage Art Festival, Miami, FL 1994 Papeles, Fundora Art Gallery, Miami, FL Group Show, University of Miami Koubek Center, Miami, FL AWARDS AND HONORS 2006 Division of Culture Affairs, Artist Enhancement Grant, Tallahassee, FL 2001 Absolut Chalk Festival (Award) South Beach, FL PUBLIC COLLECTIONS Catholic Charities Genesis Program, Miami FL Centro Cultural Cubano (La Casa Azul) Fort Worth, TX Heberto Padilla Foundation, Miami, FL Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT LeMoyne Art Foundation, Tallahassee, FL Mecklenburg Public Library, Charlotte NC Miccosukee Family Center, Miami, FL Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Hot Springs, AK Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, Miami FL Rayni Foundation, Miami, FL Riverside Bank, Wellington FL State Art Collection, State Capital Tallahassee, FL St. Timothy Catholic School Miami, FL University of Miami CASA BACARDI Coral Gables, FL Village of Wellington (Art in Public Places) Wellington, FL BIBLIOGRAPHY - Laura Stewart, Figurative works at Ormond Museum, The Daytona Beach News Journal, The Arts September 15, 2006, p3E - Museum of Latin America Art, MOLAA (Exhibition Catalog), p85 Lot 138 Sept, 2006 - Tallahassee Democrat, "Somewhere In Time" paintings by Miami artist Cesar Garcia Entertainment, June 9, 2006, p1 - Division of Culture Affairs, Works by Miami artist Cesar Garcia (22nd Floor), Capitol Complex Exhibition Schedule, June 2006 - Mirta Luaces, Muestra pictorica de tres hispanos llega al condado , La Palma News February, 2006, p1 - TC Palm News, Paintings by Cuban-American Artist, Art Exhibit, Entertainment January, 2006, p1 - John Lovett, Collectors get chance to take part in establishing Art Museum, The Sentinel-Record, ART, ECT. April 22, 2005, p6B - MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA (Auction Catalog)"A Taste of Moca", Hot Springs AK, April 2005, p49 - Carlos M. Luis, 12 Grabadores Locales Y Una Nueva Galeria, El Nuevo Herald, Artes & Letras, June, 19 2005, p1, p2 - Bass Museum of Art, (Auction Catalog) September, 2005 Item 179 - Town-Crier Newspaper, Art in Public Place Program Offers Something For Everyone, Wellington Florida August 19, 2005 p1 - Art in Public Places 2005 Wellington Florida, (Exhibition Catalog) 2005, Cover & p3 - Ailen Jardine, "Afrolatinos Art Exhibit", PrimeraFila Magazine, interview, Charlotte, NC February, 2005 Edition - Coral Gables Gazette, UMs Casa Bacardi to Showcase painting Garcias Inner Soul July, 2004 This Week-Art, front page - E-VERITAS, Time Out, UM Faculty and staff News Paper, A painting exhibit by Cuban-born artist Cesar Garcia, July 2004, p3 - Coral Gables Gazette, Casa Bacardi Inner Soul of Cuban Culture by Cesar Garcia, Calendar of Events, July, 2004 Front page - Miami Today, ICCAS will hold reception for exhibition by Cesar Garcia, Calendar of Events, Art, July 15, 2004 p1 - Annual Report 2004, Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies -University of Miami, Casa Bacardi, December 1, 2004, p3 - The Miami Herald, Casa Bacardi exhibit by Cesar Garcia, Art & Entertainment, p9 - El Nuevo Herald, ICCAS Inaugura una exposicion de Cesar Garcia, Galeria, July, 2004, p4 - Miami New Times, Casa Bacardi exhibit by Garcia, Culture, July 2004, p1 - Cristina La Revista, Genesis Artist for Aids, August 2004 Issue, p10 - Heriquez Maritza, Los artistas se unen contra el sida, El Nuevo Herald May 2004 p4 - Maribel Bastida, Pintores Iberoamericanos presentan su obra en Charlotte, La Noticia, Arte y Cultura, Edicion No. 287, October 15, 2003 - A Tribute to our Heritage, (Exhibition Catalog) Coffey & Thompson Art Gallery and Diego Victoria Fine Art, November 2003, Charlotte, NC. 2003, p14, p15 - Aleida Lea, TeleMiami, interview upcoming Bronxville Show in New York at Bronxville Art Center 2002 - Olga Connors, Arte latino prima en el festival de tizas de South Beach, El Nuevo Herald, South Beach Absolut Chalk Festival, Arte y Cultura, February 2001, p1 Being an artist is an endless soul searching quest. I create out of need and joy which reflects in my work. I lose myself from all mundane feelings and then I find myself in a whole new inner world of symbols, figures, forms, color and expression of my ultimate intimacy. To be self-taught is an advantage rather than a hindrance. If there is a rule in formal training, it can be broken and taken to another level. All art communicates in my opinion, even if its simply to capture the beauty of the moment. My art speaks in different languages to those who are open to receive their own personal message in it. I often think about the value of art in our culture. We tend to value things that are rare and have a style and personality of their own. As an artist, I am conscious of why I create art the way I do. I am looking for a meaningful way to represent not only the world I live in, but also, the way I perceive my own inner soul. The art becomes not just about the artist, but also about the viewer.