Pinar del Río, Cuba, 1967
Pinar del Río, Cuba, 1967
Painter, printmaker, sculptor. Carmona studied at the Instituto Superior de las Artes in Havana. Since 1991 he has lived and worked in Puerto Rico. He has taken part in several local and international group exhibits, art fairs, and solo shows, such as Art Miami, which he has attended since 2000. Carmona’s surrealistic work has been purchased by important private and public collections in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. He affirms the relationship between art and politics, and thus is representative of the young generation of Cuban artists who emigrate seeking freedom on both a personal and artistic level. In his pictorial and graphic work and, more recently, in his sculptures and constructions, he combines characters from other times, almost fantastic, with current situations, in order to address issues such as displacement, exile, geography, and abuse. His work has been described as Caribbean Surrealism and neo-Baroque.
“My art is a kind of metamorphosis. It is a daily metamorphosis dealing with the realization of my daily evolution – it is very Kafka-esque and poetic in one way. I want people to weave a story around what I am saying. What I have done up until this point is to confront people with their destiny in their present (life) and to make them feel that art exist. I make images that say something and that mean something”.
Source: Interview by Cynthia MacMullin, LatinArt.com, 2009. http://www.latinart.com/transcript.cfm?id=17
Latin American Masters Painters, Murer Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, Estados Unidos
Arte en América, Convention Center Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida, United States
“Verdades que me fatigan”, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, 2010.
“Los Remedios del Futuro”, Museo de las Américas, 1996.
“Días de Gloria”. Miami, Florida, Estados Unidos, 2002.
“Salta pa’lante, no mires pa’tras”. Nueva York, Estados Unidos, 2000.
Batet, Janet. “La sartén por el mango”. El Nuevo Herald (Miami, FL), 21 de diciembre de 2008.
Pérez, Tatiana. “Plural Carmona en Miami”. El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR).
Toro Ortiz, Ana Teresa. “Williams Carmona en Art Miami”. El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 8 de enero de 2006, p. 23.
Álvarez Lezama, Manuel. “Williams Carmona”. ArtNexus (Estados Unidos), Núm. 64, Vol. 6, 2007.
Interview by Cynthia MacMullin, LatinArt.com, 2009. http://www.latinart.com/transcript.cfm?id=17
“Williams Carmona. American Le-Trina”. Wall Street International, September 30, 2013. https://wsimag.com/art/2994-williams-carmona-american-le-trina#.UoKIRZTk8-M
“Progressive Transition. Latin American Art Triennial, Fall 2019”, Lehman College Art Gallery, 2019. http://www.lehmangallery.org/latin-american-triennial/
Barceló Jiménez, Josefina. “Obra de Williams Carmona emigra hasta la Trienal de Nueva York”. El Nuevo Día, 14 de septiembre de 2019. https://www.elnuevodia.com/entretenimiento/cultura/notas/obra-de-williams-cardona-emigra-hasta-la-trienal-de-nueva-york/