Flora Fong

Born in Camagüey in 1949, Flora Fong’s artistry embodies a transcendent fusion that defies geographical and cultural confines. Her canvases are a testament to the rich tapestry of her Cuban upbringing intertwined with the profound influence of her Chinese heritage. This dual lineage imbues her work with a distinctive vibrancy and depth, enabling her to navigate and blend themes, styles, and motifs drawn from both cultures.

Flora is a patient and meticulous creator. She is a painter of gestures interested in reflecting reality and dreams personally, nuanced with her own viewpoints and emotions. Within Cuban painting, the artist’s work occupies a particular symbolic space. It harmoniously converges, like a festival of colors and agile strokes, three elements of the country’s life, nature, and culture: the landscape with its atmospheric violence, the domestic life of the people with its gentle and inconsequential poetry, and the Chinese ethnic component, undoubtedly integrated into the nation’s fabric.

These dimensions structure a language that began with dark ranges and gradually opened up to striking clarities and solar strength, where colors explode in the morphology of the stormy sky, the fruit, and the flower. Viewed from a metaphorical perspective, Flora Fong becomes her own creative modality: the Asian calligraphic trait that reveals the weight of her ancestors, the texture of each line, where that mix of personality between fragile and dominant that characterizes her appears, and her evident choice of the sensory and habitual values of our existence’s surrounding scene, which allows her to show us a different vision of the motifs that have been assumed by many signatures of the national plastic arts of the 20th century.

In her pictorial exercise, she tries to uncover the secret of nature which, more than suggested in her pieces, becomes a work of art, where interpretation supersedes natural truth. For the artist, copying nature is senseless. Hence, she seeks immaterial expression through simple means, using only what is essential, resorting more to essences than to appearances, to structure rather than to visually recognizable; breaking all limits between the figurative and the abstract.

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