BIOGRAPHY

 

Eduin Fraga was born in Havana, Cuba in 1974. He began painting over fifteen years ago, blending newspaper collage and paint on canvas in order to capture dynamic fragments of society within the piece. Fraga considers his technique of painting and newspaper collage to be a unique mechanism through which to add complexity and richness to the work while simultaneously transforming it into a form of historical register of social experience. Fraga formally studied at the Experimental Center of Visual Arts in Havana and graduated in 2012. He has been invited to present his work in galleries and universities within the US and in Cuba. His most recent work is part of the Northwestern Mutual Insurance’s Giving Gallery, a 2018 exhibit that focuses on philanthropic partnerships in Milwaukee, WI. Fraga currently divides his time between Cuba and the United States.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

 

Within my work, I strive continually to represent the complex and subtle realities of daily experience in Cuba and the U.S. My work focuses on everyday lives to excavate themes such as the Special Period in Cuba, workers’ struggles for economic survival, aging infrastructure and related challenges to transportation and sanitation, emigration, and familial separation or loss. I use collage mixed with oil, acrylic, charcoal and other media on canvas – a mixed media technique I call “collage painting“. Collage painting is a technique that includes excerpts and images from various Cuban and American newspapers as a means of capturing dynamic fragments of the societies in which I live. Through this approach, my intention is to not only display objective images of daily life in Cuba and the U.S., but also to create within each piece an historical register of events and institutional processes that have shaped our societies and the people within them.

                  

RECOGNITIONS

2018                Merit Award from "Art Street,” Green Bay, WI

 

2017                Honorable Mention Award from "Spring Art Festival,” Green Bay, WI

 

2016                Merit of Excellence Award from "Art Street,” Green Bay, WI

 

2014                Merit Award from "Art Street,” Green Bay, WI

 

2014                Merit Award from “ArtSpire," La Crosse, WI

 

2006                Second Award from “First Meeting of Fine Art Romerillo 2006,” Havana, Cuba

 

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS


2017                “Contemporary Art and Cuban Life” presentation

                        University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

                       

2016                “Hispanic Heritage Month” speaker

                        University of Wisconsin-Marinette

 

2016                “Understanding Cuba through Contemporary Art”

                        University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

 

2015                “Contemporary Art in a Changing Cuban System”

                        University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

2014                “Contemporary Art and Daily Life in Cuba”

                        St. Paul Lutheran Church, Green Bay WI

 

                       

PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS

2018                "Memories of Cuba" exhibit Art Village Gallery, Memphis, TN

 

2017                 Exhibition at the Brown County Central Library.

                        515 Pine St, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

 

2015                "Cuban party" exhibit in the Havana Lounge 

                        Bremen, Germany

 

2015                "Vivencias" exhibit

                        Latina/o Studies Center, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign


2013                 "Chronicles of Cuba" exhibit

                         Fifty Six Gallery in Memphis, TN

 

2011                "Jazz Plaza Festival" exhibit

                         Higher Institute of Art (ISA) in Havana, Cuba

 

2010                "Beach on the beach" exhibit at Hotel Tritón

                        Havana, Cuba

 

2009                "Chronicles of me" exhibit

                         Municipal Museum of Playa in Havana, Cuba 

 

2006                "Peaceful Coexistence" exhibit

                        Salvador Allende Memorial House Gallery in Havana, Cuba   

 

2004                “Exhibition for the Peace" exhibit

                        Alternative space in Havana, Cuba

 

1999                "With the color of my blood" exhibit

                        Community Project "Open window"

                        Ambassador Cinema in Havana, Cuba

 

 

COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS

2019                Art Street

                       Green Bay, WI

2019                Arti Gras 2019

                       Green Bay, WI

2018                Art Street

                       Green Bay, WI

 

2018                Northwestern Mutual Giving Gallery

                       Milwaukee, WI

              

2017-2018        Estamos Aquí Latino American exhibition

                        Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI

 

2017                37th Annual Secura Fine Arts Exhibition

                       Trout Museum of Art,  Appleton, WI 

 

2017                72nd Art Annual juried exhibition,

                        Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI        

 

2017                Wisconsin Arts Gallery

                       Green Bay, WI

 

2017                Spring Art Festival, 

                       The Art Garage Gallery

                       Green Bay, WI 

 

2017                Arti Gras 2017

                       Green Bay, WI

 

2016                Art Street

                       Green Bay, WI

 

2016                Handmade Exhibit: Victorian and Contemporary Art  

                       Historic Hazelwood Museum, Green Bay, WI


2016                Arti Gras 2016

                       Green Bay, WI

 

2016                36th Annual Secura Fine Arts Exhibition

                       Trout Museum of Art,  Appleton, WI 

 

2016                Spring Art Festival

                       The Art Garage,

                       Green Bay, WI


2016                Wisconsin Arts Gallery

                       Green Bay, WI

 
2015                Weserpark Anniversary Exhibit

                       Bremen, Germany 

 

2015                The Art Garage Gallery

                       Green Bay, WI 

 

2015                Shanty Days Arts and Crafts Show

                       Algoma, WI

 

2014                La Crosse ArtSpire

                       La Crosse, WI


2014                Art Street

                       Green Bay, WI

 

2014                The Art Garage Gallery

                       Green Bay, WI 

 

2013                The Art Garage Gallery

                       Green Bay, WI 

 

2012                “Re-encuentro” exhibit

                        Municipal Museum of Playa in Havana, Cuba

 

2012                "Crossword" exhibit

                        Belkis Ayón Gallery in Experimental Center of Visual Arts

                        Havana, Cuba 

 

2011               "Cucalambeana day in honor of Latin America" ​​exhibit

                       Municipal museum of Playa in Havana, Cuba

 

2011               "Jazz Festival" exhibit

                       House of Culture of Plaza in Havana, Cuba 

 

2010               "1975 - 2010" exhibit

                       Belkis Ayón Gallery in Experimental Center of Visual Arts

                       Havana, Cuba

 

2010                "Small Format Hall" exhibit

                       Municipal Museum of Playa in Havana, Cuba 

 

2009                "Pictures of my Poems" exhibit

                        Municipal Museum of Playa in Havana, Cuba 

 

2009                "Hall of graduates" exhibit

                        Belkis Ayón Gallery in Experimental Center of Visual Arts

                        Havana, Cuba 

 
2008                "Solidarity with Palestine" exhibit

                        Municipal Museum of Playa in Havana, Cuba 

 

2008                "Third Community Meeting of Fine Art Romerillo 2008" exhibit

                         Municipal Museum of Playa in Havana, Cuba 

 

2007                "Let's walk" Student Center "El Castillito"

                        Havana, Cuba

 

2007                "Art Mix" University Center "Gustavo A. Mejia"

                        Havana, Cuba

 

2007                "Second Community Meeting of Fine Arts Romerillo 2007"

                        Municipal Museum of Playa in Havana, Cuba

 
2006                "Painting for a Biosafety Framework in Cuba" exhibit

                        Center for Biosafety and Nuclear Protection in Havana, Cuba

 

2006                "Echo of my Poems" exhibit

                        Municipal Museum of Playa in Havana, Cuba

 

2006                "First Meeting of Fine Art Romerillo 2006"

                        Municipal Museum of Playa in Havana, Cuba

 

2005                "Keeping the unity" exhibit

                        Municipal Theater of Playa with the Visual Arts Project (Pro-art-vis)

                        Havana, Cuba

 
2004                "Exhibition for the Peace"

                        Alternative space in Havana, Cuba 

 

2004                "Hall of Finalists: Contest of Painting and Drawing ‘Combat’" exhibit

                        Hernández Cárdenas Gallery in Arroyo Naranjo municipality, Cuba 

 

2004                "Tribute" exhibit

                        Playa Municipal Theater and Visual Arts Project (Pro-art-vis)

                        Havana, Cuba

 

2004                "VIII National Hall of Fine Arts Fayad Jamis"

                        Emir Abdel Kader Gallery, Arab Union of Cuba

                        Havana, Cuba 
 
2004                "Young Creators" exhibit

                        José A. Echevarría Student Recreation Center in Havana, Cuba 

 

1999                “Sane is not" Total Space Project

                        Servando Cabrera Gallery in Havana, Cuba