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Last Friday, February 21st, the Altos de Chavón main Gallery opened their most recent exhibition by artist Sacha Tebó at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Stephen Kaplan, Rector of Chavón The School of Design, welcomed all the guests to the opening cocktail and introduced Mrs. Maria Angeles Gracia, president of the Tebó Foundation who spoke of the functions performed by the foundation to promote the legacy of the Master Tebó. Mrs. Delia Blanco art critic, member of the International AICA and keynote speaker was responsible for talking about the artist’s work.
“Sacha Tebó has been the plastic and visual reference of a peaceful Caribbean, of coexistence and brotherhood in which dreams and reality are complicit. The colors red, yellow, green, white, go hand in hand to compose worlds and spaces sealed and protected by encaustic technique, which this artist developed to protect and allow that possible visual Caribbean to be transmitted to all.
In the contemporary history of the visual arts of the Caribbean, Sacha Tebó has renewed the painting by positioning it in a visual discourse of a lyrical figuration that he knew how to carry and design with exclusivity, but, at the same time, with a delicacy and a cleanliness in the composition that only great universal masters like Joan Miró executed, because the line and the stroke directed the symphony of shapes and colors. The amazement that we have always celebrated in the work of Maestro Tebó is precisely that connectivity of the line and color with the Catalan master Miró; regardless of the difference in visual trend. Definitely, it is demonstrated that Tebó flows in the critical memory of the Caribbean and America, as a teacher whose work is unique, singular and transcendental. ”
A total of 17 paintings in encaustic, (beeswax and natural oxides) and 3 sculptures made in bronze adorn the Chavón gallery, thanks to Raúl Miyar who curated the pieces for this exhibition.
The Night was enlivened by the Chocolate Duo courtesy of Casa de Campo and the toast courtesy of Casa Brugal and its Brugal Extra Viejo rum. A large number of artists and special guests gathered for this special night.
The exhibition will remain open until March 24 from Tuesday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sundays and Monday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Pics by: William Tuesca
Sobre el artista:
Sacha Thébaud, from his childhood, the artist, who carries out his education in Montreal, Port-au-Prince and Miami, shows a tendency and inclination towards the fine arts, which decides to study architecture.
Towards the end of the fifties, just after his university career, an improvement scholarship leads Paris to work on the planning of Le Rond Point de la Défense with the International Agency of Marcel Breuer (of the Bauhaus), Luigi Nervi and Bernard Zehrfuss During his stay in Paris, he has the opportunity to meet Le Corbusier, master of modern architecture, who at that time proposes a position in the consultancy for the construction of Chandigarh.
At the beginning of the ‘60, another scholarship facilitates the opportunity of a stay in Brazil; where he comes into contact with Oscar Niemeyer, architect – designer of the modern government center of Brasilia.These famous professionals exercised an unquestionable philosophical influence on Tebo’s design.
In 1965, transplanted to the Virgin Islands, he directed for 15 years the firm of Architects Thébaud + Begrow + Brovvn. Since 1960 and during the following 40 years, studies, architecture projects and designs, coincide with multiple exhibitions of individual painting in the Caribbean and international area.
A prominent stage is the participation with 3 other Caribbean artists in a research supported by the Getty Foundation of Los Angeles, California: “Dominican and Haitian parallel art in a Caribbean territory.” Dr. Edward J. Sullivan, professor of Latin American Art, writer and director of the art school of New York University, in the presentation of a catalog of Sacha Tebó to the Botello gallery, describes his photographers as incorporating this element of Hermetic mysticism also found in petroglyphs chiseled by ancient cultures, testimonies full of power of power and symbolism of the eloquent line.
Dr. Laura Gil of the Museum of Modern Art of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, a member of the Association of Art Critics, in her essay on Tebó mentions: “The same creativity that, in the mind and in the cosmos, is freed from trite path and discover in the immemorial essences the secret possibilities and hidden virtualities, it turns into the visual scriptural signs that the artist’s work has made possible for the concretion of the new ”.
Tebó, the Caribbean’s established Master of Contemporary Art passed away in May 2004 at his residence in Santiago, Dominican Republic following a short battle with Pancreatic Cancer. He left behind a vibrant, colorful, and rich legacy the encompasses the whole region.