Sunday, October 12, 2008

Pedro Alderete (1961-2005)

Pedro Alderete (1961-2005)

Don't give up the fight, mixed media on canvas

Pedro Alderete (1961- 2005), a Cuban-Canadian artist, lived and worked in Toronto. Born in Havana, Cuba, he studied at the San Alejandro Academy of the Arts, where his ideological learnings clashed with that of Castro's communist state. He came to Canada in 1989 and worked as a barber before being accepted with advanced standing at the Ontario College of Art and Design, where he graduated in 1996. While continuing his artistic practice after graduating, he worked in more than twenty productions as a scenic painter for the film industry in Toronto.

"I come from a culture of Yoruba in which tales of deities with their stories of warfare intertwined with love are passed down orally. I believe in an unconventional structure of aesthetics and perception in the works that I produce." As a multi-media artist Pedro used painting, collage, photo-transfers, found objects, sculptures, installations and performance to express his ideas. The works that Pedro developed over the years have been drawn from a variety of sources and inspirations such as Cuban religious iconography, Cuban tourism, snapshots, and various military photos as well as architectural schematics. He has built narratives based on daily life and social-political concerns, works that questioned the necessity of war not only as seen in the world but also that of human condition, ultimately with a gesture in attaining peace.

He died tragically on Monday October 17th, 2005, while putting finishing touches on a large scale mural of his own design, a five-part mural on the outside of a million-square-foot building for Downsview Park. The last section of the mural he was working on symbolized stewardship and included a portrait of his 5-year-old daughter. This was the largest commissioned work that he received in his career. In January 1999 he presented a show in conjunction with the Cuban graphic master Agustín Rojas, who lived in Toronto by then, to benefit the Cuban Canadian Foundation, an organization of Cuban exiles. He died at 44.


Anonymous said...

ya van 2 travestís en la cuenta...

machetico said...

Aunque esta foto de Alderete supongo que sea de algún halloween o fiesta de disfraces, porque no tengo el dato de que fuera travesti frecuente. Por el conntrario, he leído noticias que hablan de él "as a family man", más bien. La otra persona es transexual, abiertamente y sin tapujos. Mis agradecimientos a todos los que se aventuran por esta tromponera sin brújula.
César Beltrán

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Eccentric, creative , and extravagant! NO TRASVESTI AT AL! T e equivocaste anonimo… PEDRO TU HIJA Y MUJER ESTAN MUY BIEN POR ACA TE RECORDAMOS MUCHO!

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