About The Work
Yaque works on canvas exclusively with his hands to mix colors, spreading them to create a magma-like surface. He then uses a plastic membrane to manipulate the paint that, when removed, causes an unctuous, disturbed effect. The plastic has the same effect on the canvas that wind and water have on the earth's surface.
José Eduardo Yaque Llorente was born in Manzanillo, Cuba in 1985. He currently lives and works in Havana. He studied at "Carlos Enríquez" Professional Academy of Fine Arts in Manzanillo (2005) and the Higher Institute of Art (ISA) in Havana (2011).
In 2010 he participated in the first Biennial of Contemporary Art in Portugal and exhibited at Wasps Artists’ Studios, in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2012 he won a residence in Warsaw: in Poland he exhibited in the Zacheta Project Room of the National Gallery of Art in Warsaw as part of the collective exhibition “Fragmentos” and achieved, at the National Gallery of Art Zacheta, his first solo exhibition outside national borders.
In 2017, he took part in the collective exhibition of the Cuban Pavilion, in Palazzo Loredan, at the 57th Venice Biennale.
Among his solo exhibitions, we mention: "Maturation", St Regis, Galleria Continua, Rome (2020); “El dilema del ciempensamientos”, Colegio de Arquitectos (UNAICC), Havana (2019); “Calma”, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Vienna (2019); “Kind of Blue”, David Gill Gallery, London (2018); “Origen”, Galleria Continua, Havana (2017); “Alluvione d´Arno”, Villa Pacchiani Exhibition Centre, Santa Croce sull´Arno, Pisa (2017); “Tierra Madre”, David Gill Gallery, London (2017); “Gravedad”, Galleria Continua, Les Moulins, France (2015); “Scavare”, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy (2015); “Magma”, National Library of Cuba, Havana (2015).
Founded in 1990 in San Gimignano, Galleria Continua opened as the result of the initiative of three friends: Mario Cristiani, Lorenzo Fiaschi and Maurizio Rigillo. Occupying a former cinema, Galleria Continua established itself and thrived in an entirely unexpected location, away from the big cities and the ultramodern urban centres, in a town – San Gimignano – steeped in history that is timeless and magnificent. In 2004, Galleria Continua began a new adventure in Beijing, China, showing contemporary Western artists in an area where they are still rarely seen. Three years later, in 2007, Galleria Continua inaugurated an intriguing new site for large-scale creations – Les Moulins – in the Parisian countryside. In 2015, Galleria Continua embarked on a new path, opening a space in La Habana, Cuba, which is devoted to cultural projects designed to overcome every frontier.