Felipe Dulzaides

Carnaval
Carnaval

2013, 1/3 digital prints, series of 9 photos 26 x 33 1/2” (framed) 7 1/2 x 9 3/4’’ (individual image)

Artist Statement

My art is the sum of my experiences. Since I was a child I have been surrounded by the experience of art. My father, Felipe Dulzaides, was an important jazz musician; my uncles, Fina García-Marruz, Cintio Vitier, and Eliseo Diego, were poets. My curiosity with the relationship between art and improvisation probably comes from having grown up listening to jazz, and that drove my curiosity to consider what happens “by chance” when encountering that particular aspect of American culture. 

 

Later, living among a community of important conceptual artists on the West Coast, in San Francisco, profoundly influenced me. Returning to Havana having been a student of “new genres” at the San Francisco Art Institute determined my work and opened up a path of exploring the possibility of working with my own life experiences. Photography has always attracted my attention for its immediacy, because it is the most direct way to represent reality. Being bicultural is also like watching two movies at the same time. The individual always looks at things from an outsider’s perspective.