Bermúdez, José Ygnacio


Casseopia, 1970, Stainless steel (four piece geometric form in box), 31.5” x 24”

José Ygnacio Bermúdez (b. 1922, Havana 1922 – d, 1998, Phoenix): Part of a group of abstract expressionist artists who came of age in the 1950s and became known as Los Once,” Bermúdez was known for his work in painting, sculpture, photography and graphic design. Between 1953 and 1971, he was program officer in the Cultural Affairs Division of the Organization of American States and later head of its graphic services division. He exhibited widely in the United States and abroad, including solo shows at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas. In 1961, he won first prize at the American Mural Competition in Maryland, and in 1969, second prize at the IX Festival de Arte in Cali, Colombia. Bermúdez also made several documentary films. His work is in several major collections and museums, including the Detroit Art Institute, the J.B. Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Ky., the Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Miami-Dade Public Library and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (CINTAS for Visual Arts, 1969-70, 1970-71)

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