Alicia Perera is an artist from Havana. She also owns an art gallery which she shares with a couple of other artists in Cojimar, a small coastal town, about an hour outside of Havana. Cojimar is the seaside town where American writer Ernest Hemingway bought a farmhouse and lived with one of his wives.
This example of contemporary Cuban art is called “Zombie,” a brilliantly colored painting done with acrylic paint on canvas measuring 31.25 x 15.5 inches. Alicia Perera’s work of art is delightful, painted in bold, brash strokes feminizing the zombie’s face. This painting by Alicia Perera shows the influence of cubism with powerful colour patterns in the mask-like portrait. Perera’s vision of a woman zombie, a living dead woman is actually gorgeous to behold.
One would think that using symbol of a zombie as the subject of a painting in Cuba is a strange subject to paint. But in the context of the zombie cult craze happening in Cuba and Latin America, no doubt influenced by Cuban film director Alejandro Brugués, and his recent film, “Juan of the Dead,” it is not surprising. Brugués’ “Juan of the Dead” was featured at the recent Cuban International Film Festival. “Juan of the Dead” opened to much critical acclaim from the Cuban and international press. It is bound to become a cult film when released worldwide. Alejandro Brugués describes it as a “zombie comedy,” the zombie movie he always wanted to make. The movie stars Alexis Díaz de Villegas, Andrea Duro, Jorge Molina, Luis Alberto García, Blanca Rosa Blanco, Jazz Vilá, Elsa Camp, Susana Pous, Andros Perugorría, and Eliecer Ramírez.
For your entertainment, watch the official preview of the movie here.
This painting by Alicia Perera can be purchased from Ateneo Art Cuba – please visit our Cuban Art for Sale page for further information on buying this painting.