“Un arte para todos los tiempos” (Art for all times) is the title of Roberto Diago’s great solo exhibition that can be seen free of charge every day between 9:00 am and 6:30 pm, from March 10 to May 2, 2023 at the Fondation Clément in the town of Le Francois, Martinique.
This is the first time that Diago, considered one of the most important and unique Cuban artists of his generation, exhibits in the island of flowers.
“Roberto Diago’s work is marked by a social commitment. Although he does not submit to a single speech or theme, it is perhaps the denunciation of racism that occupies the most important place in Roberto Diago’s pictorial work and installations. The artist defends his ideas through his works, whether they are figurative, sculptural, photographic, installations and even through his monochrome canvases, white or black. Diago sculpts, Diago paints but he never forgets the deep purpose of his art. He fights against racism and differences. At first glance, one could say that these works are related to minimal art. Yes, but not only. His monochrome paintings are metaphors. Diago writes his difference and it is important to highlight this major and original aspect of his work: a Diago painting that at first glance might be called minimal because it is black or white is in fact not minimal because the two simple red spots thrown on the black canvas will represent bloodshed, or the vertical ropes splitting the whiteness on other canvases will evoke the chains of slavery, racism”, explains exhibition curator Gilbert Brownstone.
Although this exhibition was not conceived as a retrospective of his career, visitors will discover the evolution of Roberto Diago’s work through very old and unpublished works dating from the 1990s as well as recent works. Multi-disciplinary artist exhibits two-dimensional works, videos, sculptures, installations and graphic works.