Una Guia en la Subida, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 48"
José Bedia (b. 1959, Havana): Bedia works in several media, including painting, installation and ceramics, and has participated in dozens of solo and group exhibitions in the United States and across the world. His work is strongly evocative of Afro-Cuban religions as well as of the rituals of Native Americans, whose cultures he studies. His work has been acquired by galleries and major collectors, including the Centro Cultural/Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City, the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas, the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Miami-Dade Public Library. Bedia attended the Escuela de Arte de San Alejandro and the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. He is the winner of Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a Premio Fundación Joan Miró and numerous other awards. (Cintas for Art, 1997-98)