Ramón and Nercys Cernuda have collected Cuban art for 35 years, embracing its color, movement, vibrancy and depiction of life in the tropics.
And in October 2000 they opened Cernuda Arte in Coral Gables, where they exhibit and sell from an inventory of over 1,000 Cuban paintings from colonial, early republic, vanguardia and modern master painters as well as contemporary artists.
Now a decade later they will share that passion and extend their reach as first-time exhibitors in the ninth annual Art Basel Miami Beach international art show in December.
“We’ve been members of the host committee for 10 years and now we’re going to be on the exhibition end of the fair. We feel we’ve been honored by this selection. It’s very good also for Cuban art that we’ve been able to achieve its acceptance at this fair,” said Mr. Cernuda, also a publisher, editor and writer on Cuban art who previously served 15 years on the board of directors of the former Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture.
“We have been from the very beginning Cuban art specialists. It is the field we’ve concentrated and studied in depth and we really know. It is an area where we can make a contribution to our community in general and to this art show,” Mr. Cernuda said.
A Cuba native who grew up in Miami, Mr. Cernuda explained that Cuban, Mexican and Brazilian art in the early 1920s contributed to the development of the modernism art movement in Latin America that has gained worldwide recognition.
“We are presenting a show of Cuban avant-garde artists from the 1930s to the 1960s and of the development of Cuban art and of modernism,” he said. “We’re going to be coming up with major, museum-quality works.”
Cernuda Arte, 3155 Ponce de Leon Blvd., will join more than 250 leading galleries from 29 countries in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa taking part in Art Basel Miami Beach 2010, showing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Cernuda is one of only three galleries in the greater Miami area that will exhibit in Art Basel Miami Beach this year and is the only one from Coral Gables. Additionally, it is the only gallery exhibit that will focus exclusively on Cuban art.
The sister event of Switzerland’s Art Basel, the Miami Beach show will run from Dec. 2-5 and will feature exhibits, parties and crossover events with music, film, architecture and design. Galleries will showcase paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, photography, editions, and videos.
Planners report that the show’s list of participating galleries makes Art Basel Miami Beach the most prestigious art show of the Americas, featuring both highly established galleries and dynamic newcomers. Prices range from a few hundred dollars, for multiples by young artists, to several million dollars for museum-quality masterpieces.
More than 40,000 visitors are expected. Exhibit sites are located throughout Miami Beach’s Art Deco District.
For the latest updates on Art Basel Miami Beach, visit www.artbaselmiamibeach.com. The full list of exhibitors can be found at www.artbasel.com/sectors. For more about Cernuda Arte, visit www.cernudaarte.com.