Above: Beyond the Blue, 1978, oil on canvas, Rafael Soriano (Zelaya Rodríguez Collection)
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, the Smithsonian Affiliate in Miami, announces the opening of Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic (Nov. 4 – Jan. 28), the unprecedented retrospective of the Cuban Master Rafael Soriano featuring more than ninety of his paintings and drawings. This national tour culminates in the artist’s hometown of Miami, where he created some of his most acclaimed works after seeking exile in the U.S. (featuring never-before-seen ephemera from the late artist’s studio that is still lovingly preserved in Miami after his recent passing in 2015).
Rafael Soriano in his studio, 2010 (photo by Carlos Cardenes)
Firefly, 1955, oil on canvas, Rafael Soriano
(Soriano Family Collection)
Facing the Infinite, 1992, oil on canvas, Rafael Soriano
“Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic headlines our Art Basel season this year, celebrating the work of a global Master,” adds Jordana Pomeroy. “Since his death in 2015, Soriano’s family has lovingly kept intact his home studio in Miami, inspiring us to display the artist’s paintbrushes, easel, palette and chair in the Miami culmination of this traveling exhibition – a true homecoming. His story of fleeing from oppression and succeeding at the highest levels in the art world represent the transformative perspectives that align with the mission of our museum and Florida International University,” said Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, the Director of the Frost Art Museum FIU.”