Carlos Rene Aguilera Tamayo (1965- )
Casuccio Gallery, Toronto;
The Estate of John Casuccio, Toronto
A graduate of the Provincial Academy of Art-Jose Joaquin Tejada and the Higher Institute of Art in Havana, Carlos Rene Aguilera Tamayo is a member of the Union of Artists and Writers of Cuba (UNEAC) and his works have been extensively exhibited across Latin American, North American and Europe. The artist’s early works are known for their lack of colour (executed in black and white only), as he wanted to keep vivid distractions free from his creations. Tamayo’s signature image is that of a polar bear, a symbol he uses to represent “the noise of the machine”. The image of the polar bear is out of place within the tropical, Cuban landscape and is used by Tamayo to represent the outsider of early Cuban colonization. The bear changes from painting to painting, and is either an active participant in the central image, or depicted as a simple observer.