A Conversation with Jose Bedia Regarding his Works, his Travels and Collecting

The extraordinary artistic legacy of Jose Bedia goes beyond the contributions of the Cuban and Latin American modernist vanguard, of crossing and merging movements and styles between the western and peripheral artistic experiences. Bedia’s contemporaneity incorporates a multitude of cultural influences, each enclosing upon the other in multiple developments of power, loss, and production.  Bedia is not only a Miami artist. While he is an American of Cuban origin, he is universal in his symbolism, as his works address the complex processes of human exchange and the linguistic, economic, racial, gendered, religious and cultural factors involved in these exchanges. At this year’s ArtPalmBeach, Bedia will be honored as the 2018 Visionary Award Winner, and will be presenting a one man show exhibiting an entirely new collection of works that are sure to inspire.

This year’s ArtPalmBeach Visionary honoree will be engaging in a lecture led by Bonnie Clearwater, director and chief curator of the NSU Art Museum of Fort Lauderdale, that was home an exhibition of Bedia’s work earlier this year. Together, Bedia and Clearwater will trace the methods, inspirations and sentiments behind his prized works, the experiences and travels that informed them, and the state of collecting today. The lecture will take place at 2pm Saturday, January 20th.

Posted on November 8, 2017