CAMAGUEY, Cuba. - Two pieces by Cuban artist Martha Jimenez Perez, best known for her ceramic artwork, were recently awarded in Shanghai’s modern art biennial. The artworks will be exhibited in that Chinese city in April.
The ceramic pieces were awarded by the jury on equal terms. They consist of two pots from the artist’s theme series “Lo que llevo dentro” (What I Carry Inside), whose rough surface resembles the leaves of the royal palm, Cuba’s national tree.
Martha Jimenez, who is also a painter, told ACN in her home city of Camaguey that she will travel to Shanghai for the exhibit. She noted that she received the news of the award the day before the first anniversary of the opening of her pottery workshop-gallery in the Plaza del Carmen square, where Jimenez’s best-known work of seven life-size human-shape sculptures depicting local characters in their daily life routines is exhibited.
The square is located in a part of the city that was recently declared a World Cultural Heritage Site. The UN’s body also awarded the sculptures in the square and other works presented by Jimenez in the International Art Fair of Havana.
Distinguishing features of the Cubans are always stamped in Jimenez’s earthen-made, pompous and sensual characters which usually represent local traditions.