Oil on Linen
50" x 38"
Meet the Artist
Enrique Flores-Galbis (b. 1952) is a landscape and portrait painter. Born in Havana, Cuba, he left in 1961 with Operation Pedro Pan, arriving in South Florida at the age of 9. Also a novelist, his award-winning book 90 Miles to Havana was based on the events that led to his departure and the life he encountered in the U.S.
Flores-Galbis explains, “This ongoing series of paintings began before my first return to my birthplace, my magnetic center, the island of Cuba. The first images, painted from memories, were tinged by the longings and emotions that this landscape evokes in the heart of an exile. These images did not come into the studio fully formed and asking to be painted. Rather, they bubbled up and then coalesced into a narrative, shaped by the physical constraints and peculiarities of my chosen media. The alchemic process functioned both as antenna and lightning rod to focus and materialize electrical impulses– memory and fact. Although each painting presented a surprise, they were carefully tuned to create viable narrative structures that directly communicate rather than vaguely resonate.”
A portrait and landscape painter, his work can be found in museum, corporate, university, and private collections throughout the country. His paintings have been accepted into the top annual national juried exhibitions and has been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions.