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The human being is the center around which I develop my art. He is the inspiring motive that I construct and deconstruct in each piece. I place him in different situations, sometimes as a lone figure, sometimes as a group. I try to discourse on his lights and his shadows, and to provoke an irreverent questioning in order to stir all those preestablished truths, and to propose a self-aware reflection on human nature, its values and principles.

Techniques and Processes

General

Specific

Techniques and Processes

The Studio

The Estudio Taller Santacana is located at a two-story house that is in total harmony with the art that it exhibits. After an arduous renovation that lasted for a year and a half, its architecture and ambiance are an organic extension of the same creative spirit, whose presence can be felt in the combination of textures and colors, the open spaces, the natural light, the nobility of the woodwork and the freedom of its ample doors and windows.

Before and After

Before and After

The Artist

Beatriz Sala Santacana

1975, Havana, Cuba.
Self-taught artist. Member of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC in Spanish).

I remember with excitement, in my first years of school, when the teacher gave each kid in the classroom a small wooden board with a big ball of white modeling clay on it. There were no colors nor tools. Only the ball of white clay, the board, fingers, and imagination.

For an hour we could make anything we wanted and we would put it on the small board. For a couple of days the figures would be exhibited and then they would be put back in the ball, which other fingers would work on.

I have never been able to forget that moment so special to me: I perfectly recall the smell and the texture of that clay. I remember that my works were always full of many characters carrying baskets and cases. The end result was like a large community. Inevitably, I always did the same thing, never growing bored of those characters carrying things on their backs.

Many years later I discovered clay, from which I could never part; and now a days, when I look at my work, I realize that I continue like I began: creating characters that don’t stop carrying.

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Curriculum Vitae

Exhibitions

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News

Sculptures… A review by Antonio Fernández Seoane  

  • April 20, 2018
  • book, reviews, sculpture

Produced by the artist herself, with the exquisite and elegant design of Laura Llópiz and the usual impeccable printing technique of Selvi Artes Gráficas, from Valencia, Spain, Sculptures by Beatriz Sala Santacana is not a mere book, but a work of art in itself, a true deluxe editorial typology.

To this—among so many other things—one needs to add, as an essential factor, the uniting element of this compendium of good art by Santacana, which although is her second surname, it is inscribed in the most recent historiography of art and, especially, of ceramics, as a seal of royal distinction. The book contains sixty-four sculptural pieces that could well form a series given the artist’s particular and keen interest in tracking down—from any angle it is approached—the anthropological aspects: half-real, half-fictional beings “in the counterpoint between the objective and subreality,” as highlighted by the late Alejandro G. Alonso, who is one of the two figures who have described the work of this creative woman in the volume in question.

Beatriz Sala Santacana makes these characters transit through the vicissitudes of their human condition—challenges and trials, longing and obstacles, danger and fear, mystery, anguish and sorrow, freedom—by means of group scenes or individually, whose titles work in favor of the purposes. The artist also finds (in those “aspirations”) the spiritual world in the figures of angels or missionaries, or as with “The Three Juanes,” which is an obvious tribute, although absent, to Cuba’s Patron Saint, so that “they may take away those evils”…

In a work of true alchemy, the white grogged clay modeled from ceramic plates and glazed with metal oxides and pigments, transforms itself into these fantastic beings, which, in order to come alive, the artist accompanies them with recycled elements, such as wood or metal, and ironwork and jute, all of which “work together to show the progress of Man through a series of intelligently assembled compositions,” in the words of Lesbia Vent Dumois in the text that she entitled “Walking”...

Sculptures, by Beatriz Sala Santacana, is a new book that authenticates Cuban Art from the audacity and sagacity of this creative woman of ours...

Antonio Fernández Seoane

CMBF, National Musical Radio

(Recorded on Monday, April 16, 2018, with Frank Carvajal, airing on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 on the “Cultural Agenda” newscast. Radio time: 2 minutes and 44 seconds).

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Art book “Sculptures” launched at UNEAC

  • April 16, 2018
  • book, publications, sculpture

The art book Santacana. Sculptures was launched last Thursday, April 12 in the Villena presentation room at UNEAC headquarters [...]

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Address

Calle 166 #104 e/ 5ta y 1ra. Flores, Playa, La Habana, Cuba.

Phone

+537 271 4392

Email

[email protected]

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