Sharks 1, from the series “Stolen Paint”, 2009

Recycled paint on paper.

50 x 60 cm.

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This work is part of Acosta’s “Sto­len Paintings” series, which he began in 2008. For this series, Acosta is inspired by the ways in which some Cubans make a living, such as the black market economy of stealing from the government. With little access to resources, Acosta began stealing paint chips from buildings and objects in his native Havana, using them as his art materials. The hammerhead sharks featured in this work is a subject that has long interested the artist, as he sees them as metaphorical “threats” to contemporary Cuban society.

Pavel Acosta at work.

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Born in: Cuba

Pavel Acosta (Cuba, 1990) is a Miami-based independent artist working through painting and photography. His pictures are branded by an application of peeled paint layers taken from decaying street material. The resulting textured paintings often reflect his views on Cuba's defunct economy, sometimes through the inclusion of iconic subjects from art history. These characters are made irreversibly mobile by Acosta's layered approach. His works have been shown at The National Gallery of Art, The MET, and the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis.

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