Pujol, Ernesto


No puedo dormir (I can’t sleep), 1997, Oil paint on antique bed headboard and antique oars, 57” x 55.5”

Ernesto Pujol (b. 1957, Havana): Although he originally trained as a painter, Pujol work has broadened into installation work, performance art and photography. He has said his work deals with obsessive memory as its main theme, which he divides into memory of place, of gender and of violence. Pujol attended the University of Puerto Rico and the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and has a Master of Fine Arts in interdisciplinary studio practice from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, the Casa de las Américas in Havana and El Museo del Barrio in New York. In 1997, Pujol represented the United States in the Second Johannesburg Biennial in South Africa, the Second Saaremaa Biennial in Estonia and the Sixth Havana Biennial. Recent works include Speaking in Silence, a 2011 sunrise-to-sunset performance for the Contemporary Museum throughout the city of Honolulu, with 18 performers as public orators. (Cintas in art, 1991-92, 1997-98)

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