Alejandro Gómez Cangas
Man has always felt the need to be part of a collective. Herd thinking has existed since time immemorial and has led us, as a species, along paths of light and shadow. After all, we live in a world of polar opposites and nothing is alien to the duality of thoughts and experiences.
Individuality came later, with the modern era, and we still need society to identify us with creeds, behaviors and certain ways of thinking. It is not strange then that the artist Alejandro Gómez Cangas paints crowds as the center of his work.
In the case of the creator, let's say that he presents a double experience, so to speak. Gomez Cangas was born in 1986 (Villa Clara) and grew up in a context mediated by political rallies, marches and mass events, as a result of Cuba's day-to-day actions. The crowds are too close to his life experiences.
Something happens with Gomez Cangas and it is the effect of light that he gives to his pieces. In the right place of the body or in the atmospheres of his paintings, he focuses on the precise angles where the light or its glow has multiple visual effects. The continuous days shining until exhaustion are part of everyday life in Cuba, because the sun has insisted on showing itself in the Caribbean, whether we want it or not, whether we need its energy or not. Then we can better understand and analyze the artist's need to reflect light, as a phenomenon of nature, in the human anatomy.
Alejandro Gomez Cangas's figures are not static, in them there is movement, action and a certain atmosphere that generates empathy. The actions described in the works are all too common and, therefore, the other is always represented.
Oil on canvas is his preferred technique, as well as the large format, where he does not skimp nor does he have any preference in representing a specific age range, that is, in his pieces we can see young people, old people, afro-descendants, in short, all kinds of individuals. Don Fernando Ortiz defined us as an ajiaco and this affirmation is returned by the creator through his pictorial motifs.
"The mass is not represented as something anonymous or impersonal," Alejandro tells us, "but as a composite, abounding in details, ambitious for a few minutes of contemplation. The diversity of people then becomes a point of attention, to pay attention to each one, to stop the gaze", he specifies.
In 2012, Gomez Cangas graduated from the University of the Arts (ISA) and his first studies linked to painting were at the Leopoldo Romañach Professional Academy in Villa Clara. Throughout his career he has exhibited in Italy, Peru, Switzerland, Lebanon, Cuba and other countries.