Raúl Cordero: The Seer's Suite


APRIL 7 – MAY 26, 2018

Opening Reception
Saturday, April 7 | 6-8pm

Exhibition talk with Raúl Cordero and curator Alma Ruiz. 
Saturday, April 7 | 5pm
To listen to the full talk, please click here

Edward Cella Art & Architecture presents an exhibition of works by Raúl Cordero from his newest series, The Seer's Suite. The artist’s first exhibition in Los Angeles in more than a decade features four new paintings and four carved marble sculptures that investigate a place where memory, reoccurring dreams, and fixations meet for the artist.

Each painting and sculpture in the exhibition draws on Cordero’s encounters with clairvoyants, also known as seers, whom he describes as “those who always try to see further.” Recalling his fascination with his experiences he states, “curiously at such meetings, one is always required by those persons to stare first at a certain object that in turn, becomes the center of the sitting.” Extracting from his sessions and recurrent dreams, Cordero employs images, of chandeliers, an A-frame house, and twin cabins, that have appeared to him. The resulting mysterious dream-like images have soft-edges that alter the figure-ground perception and enigmatic patterns of text. Recognizing in his spiritual investigation an analogous process of watching cinema or viewing an artwork; Cordero declares, “this suite is dedicated to that amazing human virtue of looking and thinking.”

As described by curator Axel Jablonski, “Raúl Cordero’s paintings are rooted in an awareness that the medium of film, with all its possibilities, has a far greater effect on present-day perceptions than images like photographs have.” Over thirty years, the artist’s central aim is to challenge the viewer to consider the perception of a world constantly bombarded with text and images through oscillating forms of communication.  At the same time, his works question how visual language has given way to textual information in contemporary art. Jablonski goes on to say, “Cordero’s interest is in the point at which a work actually begins, and the processes and ideas it undergoes on the way to becoming an artwork, is expressed in the descriptive annotations and multilayered references to other media and artworks, which the frame of reference in his painting keeps in constant motion, without end.”


Raúl Cordero is a Cuban born conceptual painter and sculptor who lives and works in Mexico City. He was first known as part of the 90s generation in Cuba, when he started exhibiting his work mostly in Europe and the United States. Far from the standards of the Cuban Revolution art, Cordero represents through his work the "other Cuban art" without falling into topics of other artists from in and out of the island. Cordero samples pretexts whimsically obtained from various referential origins such as press, magazines, books, TV, photography, and video.

He studied fine arts and design at Academia San Alejandro and ISDI, in Havana, Cuba; and later at the Graphic Media Development Centre and the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, in Holland. Cordero has had solo exhibitions at Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland; Havana Biennial, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba; FL Gallery, Milan, Italy; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. Group exhibitions include Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Los Angeles; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Habana, Cuba; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA. His work can be seen in public collections around the world, including the Musée National D’Art Moderne Centre Pompidou in Paris, France; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

An expert in Latin American and Contemporary Art, Alma Ruiz is former senior curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, where over a 30-year career she curated numerous exhibitions focusing on the postwar period in the United States, Italy and Latin America.  She has served as a guest curator at the Fundación Jumex, Mexico City; the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; Fundación Telefónica, Buenos Aires, Argentina; the Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles; and the 20 Bienal de Arte Paiz in Guatemala City; she has acted as a juror for numerous biennials in Latin America. She is currently Senior Fellow at Sotheby’s Institute of Art/Claremont Graduate University.