Antonio Guerrero was born in Matanzas, Cuba. On March 31, 1992 feeling increasingly oppressed by Cuba’s government, and unhappy with the worsening living conditions, Antonio, along with two other men, climbed into a raft they had secretly designed and built and left the island. Floating off from the coast of Matanzas, they were at sea for five days before being rescued by Brothers to the Rescue a humanitarian organization dedicated to rescuing rafters fleeing Cuba. He lives now in Miami Beach, Florida.
There’s a curious connection between a person’s name and their personality. It can be more or less described as a match or mismatch of the name of a person, with their profession, talent, or some other obvious connotation. “Warrior” is the English translation of his last name, obviously of close Spanish descent. Some who study the significance of names consider this trait to carry a bit of a special half unit sort to speak; a power or energy that just like the rest of us, also seeks universal outlet. In the case of Antonio Guerrero, his identity becomes as much an intricate part of the revelation contained in his work, as the symbolism itself. It is the kind of work to be stared at, and guess what? That’s exactly what this warrior wants you to do. Come on in.
His art has been hailed as having ‘Dali-esque’ undertones. Other names like Hieronymus Bosch, and Picasso have also been tossed about with absurd disregard to style and expression. He doesn’t consider his work anything like that of these men and rightfully so because it isn’t. It is, like the work of true artists, a personal form of expression filled with symbolism and themes that resonate with an inner conscience. It is perhaps in this mission that he is an equal to the surrealist masters. The vibrant color red, the subtlety of glimmering gold backgrounds, or the black birds that sometimes speckle his creations are some of the personal glimpses into the subliminal conversations with a deeper state of being. The perspectives may be mystical to some, others may recall humor, but the result will be riveting.
Antonio grew up in Matanzas, he confesses a deep connection with, and reverence for nature, the kind that is eveloped by long periods of constant admiration. Due to the isolation from the trends of the outside world, his formative years were for the most part spent outdoors, in open fields, and in communion with nature.
There is a particular type of oneness that unites those who assimilate the platform of what is called reality. Its visualization takes many forms and Antonio Guerrero’s perspective offers limitless variations of concepts drawn from revelations arrived after an inexhaustible search for the human quest of self-identity. A look at some of Antonio’s pieces, from the modern iconic image of ‘Jose Marti, El Gran Poeta’ – Cuba’s greatest hero – to ‘I Universe’ from I Live in a Red Planet, will prove there is no escaping the inexplicable pull inspired by his work.
There is plenty to satisfy the minds that demand the thrill in discovering interlocking dreams, and for those that enjoy journeys of art expression, or those who simply find beauty in color and balance. Be certain of one thing, this artist is an ever-evolving revelation. His pictorial tales may haunt, pacify, upset, or simply pass one by, but the flowing source of creativity lurking in the deep recesses of the imagination of a good artist moves on.
A N T O N I O G U E R R E R O’S LATEST EXHIBITIONS
Born: Matanzas, Cuba (1968)
Education: “A gift from GOD” Self-taught
Selected Exhibitions: (*Solo Shows)
2013 The Georgian National Museum, The National Gallery,under the name “Punctum contra Punctum II curated byRichard LTooke, Republic of Georgia (Tbilisi)
2013 Naples Museum of Art, under the name “Incognito”, Naples FL,(USA)
2013 Miguel Rodez Art Project, under the name “Passion red”,Miami FL,(USA)
2013 LMNT Art Gallery, under the name “Celebrity Art Series”, Miami FL, (USA)
2013 MFA, under the name “Inspired by red” at Mano Fine Art, Miami Fl, (USA)
2012 Miguel Rodez Studio, under the name “Drawn from within, Miami Fl, (USA)
2012 MFA, under the name “Made in the USA” MANO Fine Art, Studio, Miami Fl (USA)
2012 Studio 18,under the name “Sincerity Project” Pembroke Pines FL, (USA)
2011 Cafeina Wynwood Lounge “Becks Emerging Artist” Miami FL, (USA)
2011 Leals Gallery, under the name “Cuban Master under 360” Miami FL, (USA)
2011 Mano Fine Art Project Space, under the name “Made in the USA, Miami FL( USA)
2011 Leal’s Gallery, under the name “Cubanos de aqui y de alla”, Miami FL, (USA)
2011 SeaFair, Represented by Aldo Castillo Gallery, Curated by Aldo Castillo, Sarasota FL, (USA)
2011 Art Naples, Represented by Aldo Castillo Gallery, Curated by Aldo Castillo, Naples FL,(USA)
2011 Art Naples, Represented by Miami Wave, Curated by Sergio Garcia, Naples FL, (USA)
2010 Miami Dade West Campus Martin and Pat Fine Center for the Arts, (USA)
2010 ArtRouge Gallery Miami Florida (USA)
2010 Renee Gallery, under the name “The Future belongs to you”, Miami Florida (USA)
2010 International Art Fair Palm Beach, Convention Center, Presented By Aldo Castillo’s Gallery
2010 International Art Fair Miami, It’s Present by Aldo Castillo’s Gallery, Miami Beach Convention C.
2009 Leal Gallery, under the name! “Milla 45” Miami Florida (USA)
2009 MAC Building, under the name “Artistas por una America Verde” @ 5960 SW 57 Ave. Miami, Fl