Virtual Exhibition War on Fascism: A history of struggles, pains and victories (+ Photos)

By Lázaro David Najarro Pujol / Collaborator.
May, 2020.- Technical rigor, the profession of painter and training in the most rigorous academies are present in the Virtual War on Fascism Exhibition that the Camaguey artist of plastic René Santiago de la Torre Aguilar gives to the world on the occasion of the anniversary 75 of the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany, on May 9, 1945 in World War II, or Great Patriotic War.

It is a retrospective of the most representative of his pictorial creation in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2020s; works in which they use the most dissimilar supports to express their feelings: pens, oil, inks, digital art, colography and mixed media with cardboard and fabric, among others.

Fascism is a subject that the author frequently resorts to and that this time reveals in 25 works in which, according to Professor Eduardo Morales Nieves, from the Higher Institute of Art in Havana, the author dramatizes “with reiteration. And this is valid, although not always fortuitous to the maximum, as René can do it because he has something to do it with ”.
In War on Fascism (sponsored by the Provincial Committee of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba in Camagüey), it refers us to the intense and unremitting struggle of the Soviet people, a painful struggle apparently distant from us, but which can never remain in the Neither do I forget the millions of human beings who lost their lives as a consequence of this scourge. “However, it is trapped in its imperishable essences, as one more alert that René insists on reminding us: with fullness, neatness and modesty.”

Likewise, it becomes a story of struggles, pains and victories told by the artist through his “sure momentum of the line and the subtlety of values ​​that turn his figuration into a counterpoint to plans and purposes” as Morales Nieves assured.

According to testimonies, one in five Russian citizens died during the Second World War (27 million of their children), for which reason humanity must fight to prevent the descendants of that generation from suffering the hardships of fascism again.

The Virtual War on Fascism exhibition is a tribute to the true protagonists of the victory. What would become of humanity if the Soviet soldiers had not defeated fascism?

History cannot be forgotten so that the torments suffered by the Russian people will never be repeated, because what the German fascists did is not characteristic of humans.

Dr. Jorge E. Puig Fuentes is very right when he describes the artist as “Master in painting, drawing, engraving and other creative manifestations in which he has ventured extensively, using the most diverse styles and taking advantage of all that is good about the multiple plastic currents, stands out in his work, as a constant, his super-personality in the difficult art of saying something new in very different ways, unquestionably, the faculty of genuine creators ”.

René completed his studies in plastic arts, in 1962, at the first National School of Art Instructors that was created in Cuba and settled in the Commodore, in Havana, but from childhood he showed a vocation for painting and entered the school ” José Martí ”from Camagüey at the beginning of the Revolution, also graduating in 1984 from the Kiev State Institute of Art.

René de la Torre’s paintings – exhibited in more than 150 exhibitions – have been seen in Havana, Camagüey, Santiago de Cuba, El Salvador, England, Ukraine, Canada, Venezuela, Poland, Slovenia, France, Italy, United States , Argentina, Spain and the Netherlands. (See all the works in this link: more-1003).
(Translated by Linet Acuña Quilez)


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