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"Andres Tremols"
Survey of Contemporary Cuban Artists

Photo of Andres TremolsAndres Tremols was born in Washington, DC in 1960, the son of Cuban parents from Santiago de Cuba - the capital of Cubas easternmost province.

Tremols spent his childhood and adolescence in Central and South America before finally moving back to the Greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Commitment to his Cuban heritage and insights from his many overseas travels are passionately embodied in his current paintings and sculptures. The driving force of his work is to raise public awareness of these experiences and issues.

Andres Tremols studied at Virginia Commonwealth University, from which he received a BFA in 1983. He also studied at the Corcoran School of Art and Design.

Tremols has written about his experience vis--vis Cuba:

I grew up all around Cuba. West of Cuba, southwest of Cuba, southeast of Cuba and north of Cuba, never in Cuba. Cuba was always in the center of the Americas; the Pearl of the Antilles. I flew over her, around her and beside her, however, not to her. Why was Cuba untouchable? How does a young mind understand that you cannot be in the place where you are from? Living throughout Latin America and the United States exposed me to many social and cultural experiences.

For a long time, however, Cuba remained a question without an answer. When I finally set foot on Cuban soil, smelled her air and felt her voice inside me, I discovered a new perspective, a new sense of direction, and a new equilibrium. Cuba is a piece of my soul, a blessing, a tragic contradiction. I am west, southwest, southeast and north, and I am Cuba too.

His paintings, sculptures and photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are part of numerous private and public collections in Europe, North, Central and South America.

This exhibition showcased Andres Tremol's fine art glass in the Washington region in the context of Cuban art. His original artwork is available through the Fraser Gallery of Washington, DC and Bethesda, Maryland.