The OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas presents Rafael Soriano: Cabezas (Heads), a traveling exhibition of work by the Cuban-born painter, organized by The William Paterson University Galleries, organized and curated by Alejandro Anreus (Professor of Art History and Latin American/Latinx Studies, William Paterson University) and Kristen Evangelista (Director of the William Paterson University Galleries).
This exhibition features more than 20 significant artworks by Cuban-born painter Rafael Soriano (1920-2015), one of the major Latin American artists of his generation. Soriano stands apart from his peers who largely focused on formalism and gestural abstraction because he developed his own visual vocabulary informed by abstraction yet steeped in metaphysical meaning. While Soriano began his career creating geometric abstractions, he became known for his luminous and biomorphic imagery reminiscent of surrealism. This shift in style is often attributed to the artist’s exile from Cuba in 1962 and his emotional response to the experience. The artist said, “The anxieties and sadness of exile brought in me an awakening. I began to search for something else; it was through my painting…[as] I went from geometric painting to a painting that is spiritual.”