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AFTER THE EMBRACE

Agustín Rolando Rojas

June 6 - July 9, 2014
Opening & Artist Talk: Friday June 6th, 7 pm to 9 pm.

Unpack Studio is pleased to present a selection of intaglio prints by Cuban Master Printer Agustín Rolando Rojas.
The exhibition will be paired with a catalogue with essays written by curator Maria Elena Soto and artist Eugenio D'Melon.


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Raft near the coast, 1995

Agustín Rolando Rojas is a mid-career artist who lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Rojas earned a BFA from San Alejandro Fine Art School (1978) and graduated from the prestigious Instituto Superior de Artes (ISA 1983) in Havana with a degree in Printmaking.

Questioning the stereotype of printmakers as solely followers of traditions and procedures, Agustín masters technique to the point of contradicting it. In his series of drypoints (drypoints without inhibition), he attacks the plates, then erases the marks and re-works the matrixes as if they were pieces of paper. Technically, his artwork operates as a continuous exercise of questioning beliefs about printmaking. Conceptually, it is a direct result of his diasporic experience as a migrant. His work explores the idea of loss and separation, reunion and hope as a permanent condition of displacement and adaptation.

Before leaving Cuba, Agustín Rolando Rojas taught printmaking at the Instituto Superior de Artes for thirteen years (1983-1996). He has represented Cuba and Canada internationally and has won several awards, which include the Prize Pilar /Joan Miro and Sotheby´s Foundation for Techniques and Development of Creative Projects (Palma de Mallorca, Spain 1995) and the Boston Printmakers North American Print Biennial award (Boston, MA 2001). Rojas´ work is represented in collections in USA, Canada, Spain, Japan, Germany and Cuba.

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It is hard to say goodbye, 2014

Please contact Unpack Studio for more information at info@unpackstudio.ca


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