Arte, Esos Cuadros y esas cosas…

(“Toro Verde” acrílico sobre tela 30x60cm colección privada

Estos son algunos de los cuadros de Omnia Caelum Miami…

He mezclado lapices, tinta y pluma y colores acrílicos sobre cartulina para lograr otro mundo, otro lenguage, otra forma de comunicar ideas…

Viviendo en Miami, o sea, en una ciudad tropical donde brilla el sol todos los días del año, a uno le da por pintar cosas muy soleadas…

Pero el arte, arma…

El artísta, guerrillero…

El cuadro, subterfugio…

La interpretación de la obra se la dejo a los que la vean y la quieran analizar y a los que la rebuscan para ver cosas que nunca pintó el pintor…

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Cienfuegos, Cuba, The Pearl of the South, Punta Gorda

(The Bay of Cienfuegos, photo by FBC)

There is something about Cuba that is certainly worth talking…and blogging…about, the natural beauty of the island. For instance, the Bay of Cienfuegos…

Cienfuegos, situated in the south shore of Cuba, somewhat near the centre of the island, was founded in 1819 by immigrants from France, under the leadership of founder Mr. Luis De Clouet.

I had the opportunity to spend fifteen days in Cienfuegos. I stayed at a “casa particular”, which is the Cuban equivalency of a bed and breakfast. I chose a particular area of the city, a little peninsula…or a spit…that juts out into the bay and which is called “Punta Gorda”.

The Paseo del Prado is the main street that runs through this small neighbourhood after it crosses the Malecon de Cienfuegos, (The seawall), and from then on until the point at the end of the spit. I referred to it as the strip. Punta Gorda has a rather suburban feel, not unlike many places in Miami, Florida…

Punta Gorda must have been a beautiful neighbourhood back in the fifties. The area was developed much earlier, even as far back as the XIXth Century. But in the thirties, forties and fifties Punta Gorda enjoyed its best years. You can see huge mansions with large yards with fruit trees and all the houses, on one side of the main street or the other, are on the water…

The lovely green and white building above was the Yacht Club. Next to it you can see the Cienfuegos seawall, called the “Malecon”…

I stayed for a few nights at the Hotel Jagua, located at the end of the Punta Gorda strip. It was built in 1958, before the revolution, and it has that old 1950’s charm. It is on the water, with a little beach and with nice bars and restaurants. At night they have a Jazz club, and well, you know how I feel about Jazz…

The old Covadonga Restaurant is also on the water, across from the hotel. It certainly looks like a 1950’s building, although now it is rather run down. I was told by old timers that in the late 50’s it was a hopping place. People would crowd the tables on the waterside and drink their daiquiris and their mojitos under the shade and enjoying the Caribbean breezes…

When you leave Downtown Cienfuegos on the Paseo del Prado, basically Cienfuego’s main street, you are en route to Punta Gorda. At the very end of the strip is a rotunda, where there is a metal statue of dancers. Across is the De Valle palace. This was once a private home and now a museum and sometimes a banquet hall as well as a popular tourist attraction.

I must say that I did truly enjoy those days in Punta Gorda. Every day I would walk the Malecon strip and then the Paseo del Prado and enter into the downtown Cienfuegos neighbourhood. It was a lovely time, especially in March, when I went because the weather was not as hot as it gets in the summers.

Cienfuegos, on the whole, was a beautiful French city. A perfect grid of streets, all straight, all logical…

You can still see the majesty of most of the houses in the Downtown neighbourhood even though, because of lack of maintenance, many of the facades look rather run down. However, with a little paint and a little tender love and care, these structures will resurface again with the strength and beauty they originally possessed when they were built back in the late XIXth Century and early XXth.

Finally I just wanted to include a little side trip I made to Rancho Luna, the beach town, very close by, that Cienfuegos people call their beach. It has lovely beachfront homes on the side of a hill and of course, all those were the beach houses of “Cienfuegueros” (the folk of Cienfuegos), where they went to spend their summer holidays. The Cuban government appropriated these properties when the owners abandoned Cuba and sought political exile in Spain or in the US. Presently the house you see above is being used by the government as a “rest home” for patients convalescing from AIDS and HIV disease.

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All is Heaven…

(Photo by FBC, C.2019 Derechos Reservados)

ALL IS HEAVEN…ALL IS WATER…ALL IS IN MY IMAGINATION…

I have been born with imagination,
in a simple tree branch, a thriving nation,
I see a million clouds that form the shapes of dreams and hopes
in a cloudless sky.
And many times I wonder if we are fragments of a storybook
recited to a child in Heaven...

I called my studio of art, Omnia Caelum Studios, because of certain verses in Ovid which I always found interesting:

“…ante mare et terras et quod tegit omnia caelum
unus erat toto naturae vultus in orbe,
quem dixere chaos: rudis indigestaque moles
nec quicquam nisi pondus iners congestaque eodem
non bene iunctarum discordia semina rerum.”

I liked the significance which translated roughly means:

Before the sea and the lands and (which covers all things) the sky,
one form was in the whole sphere of nature,
which they called Chaos, a raw undigested mass,
and nothing but an inert mass, and heaped up in the same [place],
the discordant seeds of things not well joined
.”

Not well joined until touched by the hands of the artist who can redistribute, reshape and create something beautiful out of an undigested mass…

I was attracted to the order from chaos idea which in many ways describes the way I approach art. But mostly I was attracted to the line “omnia caelum”, which I know to really mean…at least really to me…that “all is Heaven”. All starts from Heaven and ends as well for Heaven is still there for us to look up and smile and wonder. After all in the skies…Heaven…we see so many incredible things…

From the source, Heaven, I can create the first line on my canvas that will inspire my improvisation that will ultimately create Jazz Art right here on the plane of Earth.

And not just my paintings, I have also created music using the same idea of Jazz. I formed the “Abstract Jazz Arrangement” (AJA) in 1999, withing Omnia Caelum Studios. I use the “Arrangement” to collaborate with jazz musicians, or others who like the idea of creating from short lines and forming complete tunes…

I like to work with the certainty that there is something before and something after. To me the concept of Heaven is many things, for example, the place…the horizon on the sea…where you see the union of sky and water…

I want my studio to be what I think art is, therefore it is conceptual, that way I do not lose my place and I can continue to work within the structure that I have created for myself. It is not a limitation, it is simply a border, a reminder. After all just because your elbow does not bend outward, are you limited?

I chose “jazz” as my style not just because I love that musical genre but because it creates something pure, organic and complete out of randomness. I wanted to unite with music in the spirit of the abstract, after all what can be more abstract than music?

If you would like to see more of my artwork, paintings and drawings, please follow me on Instagram as there I post them as I paint them, just go to @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera and if you would like to see the 2019 “JaZzArt en Valencia” series, please access my online galleries at http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

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Omnia Caelum, Various Works, 2003-2011

(“Guitarra Roja” acrylic on wood 60×72 cm Private collection Miami)

I started professionally in the autumn of 2003 with an exhibition at a gallery in Istanbul, Turkey. After that show, which was rather successful, I concentrated more in places like New York, Miami and other points in South Florida. During those years I developed my concept in art which I called “JazzArt” because of the way the compositions are made and the way the painting is actually done. Basically, I follow the definition of what “Jazz” is as a musical genre and that is that you must do these three things: 1) the player as composer; 2) Improvisation; 3) must swing.

These are some of my JazzArt paintings from those years…

To create using improvisation as your principal tool, you must begin with a line, a pre-conceived line then the painting should start to generate its own shapes, its own forms. I never pre-arrange the figures in my compositions. I never worry about perspectives or if they are in the centre of the canvas. They take care of that themselves as long as I allow the black line to create and swing…

If you would like to see more of my paintings and drawings, please follow me on Instagram, @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera as I post there every time I finish a painting or a drawing. You can also see my 2019 “JaZzArt en Valencia paintings by going to my online galleries, http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

Now I’ve moved Omnia Caelum to Valencia, a place with some similarities to South Florida, mainly in the proximity of the beach. However, I feel I can be as creative or more so here in Spain which is where I am from. When you are in the land from where you come, your DNA seems to respond favourably. I noticed that as soon as I set foot back in the Iberian Peninsula…

These are some of the drawings from that same period in Miami…

To me a work of art, a drawing or a painting, has to have something to say every time I look at it. I draw and paint what I like, what I find amusing, entertaining, interesting or amazing in this world. I like to experiment, therefore I use the process of improvisation. I don’t try to explain my artwork because I think that if what I have represented does not motivate an explanation in your own words and in your own head, I have not done my job as an artist. Art is communication and the communication must be non-verbal.

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El Toro de Bodo ’04

(“El Toro de Bodo ’04” creación digital sobre tela Omnia Caelum Valencia)
Allá donde el recuerdo se pierde entre memorias
que a veces ya no tienen sentido ni razón,
Allá donde las fotos te ayudan a acordarte,
que lo que fuiste ha sido sin mucho corazón...

Bebí el anís amargo, la hiel enfurecida,
que no permite rabia, que solo deja ardor,
ardiendo bajo el sol en las tinieblas,
sin saber ser bien tomarlas, las riendas del amor...

Ser toro es la venganza, la rabia encarnecida,
sin la musculatura ni punzón de alacrán,
con un pañuelo blanco, marqué mi despedida,
el amor, la partida, se pueden, se podrán...

C.2019 (Derechos Reservados)

Foto del cuadro “El Toro de Bodo ’04” es propiedad de FBC

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Omnia Caelum: Beginnings

(Green Guitar Player and Yellow Guitar, acrylic on canvas, 101x127cm)

I started my career in the arts back in 1989 when I graduated from Florida International University in Miami, Florida…

However, although in the Visual Arts I started, I ended up with a degree in Psychology and in Theatre Arts, even though I did not want to be an actor or a therapist. I just wanted to know more about human behaviour and about the intricacies of writing, designing, lighting and building the sets where the stories that I would write, could be acted. I also liked directing because it allowed me to discover and learn how to get the most out of the actors as they developed and interpreted their roles…

I wrote and produced three plays in the 1990’s in the United States. One in New York City (off off off Broadway) and the other two in the Spanish speaking theatre world of Miami (see my post on ALAS)…

Then I returned to Europe…

And I turned to an art form I had always loved, painting…

By pure chance, I met a lady from Turkey whose daughter had an art gallery in Istanbul and she invited me to exhibit in her gallery…

I thought my paintings would not do too well there and I knew nothing of Istanbul but I presented five paintings and three were sold on opening night…

I returned to America and exhibited in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens as well as in Miami, Miami Beach, Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida…

This was my introduction to being a professional painter/artist and since then I have not stopped…

All of the paintings you see in this article are in private collections either in the United States or in Turkey. All are acrylic on canvas and in various sizes…

I do not exhibit much in galleries. I like the personal and direct touch one gets with private clients and of course, the internet which allows me to exhibit worldwide…

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Roach Clip

(“Woman in Black & White” Omnia Caelum Studios Miami, in private collection)

ROACH CLIP…

Well, I wanted to try to merge some rhythms with some of my images, photographs and digitally enhanced and manipulated photographs of my drawings and paintings from the days of BODO and Omnia Caelum Studios Miami…

I hope you like it:

(All music, text, songs and images are the property of FBC and cannot be copied or reproduced without the written permission of the owner. C.2019 Derechos Reservados)

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Rhythm in Art and Jazz Art

I wanted to show some of my pen/graphite on paper drawings from different times. I have always loved to draw. To me, the power of the black line on paper is incredible. And when I begin a drawing it is like starting a profound and deep meditative process. I always follow the rules I’ve imposed upon myself which is to obey the definition of Jazz. I start with the line and then the line creates its own path through the composition. I finish by adding rhythm…it is hard to do, I know, after all it is a drawing, not a song…and I add the rhythm sometimes in the characters that populate my work…

These are prior to 2018 when my artistic trademark was Bodo…

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AND…

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NOSTALGIA…

This video clip was made when AJA (Abstract Jazz Arrangement) was getting into World Beat Music, back in the late 1990’s in Miami, Florida…

The paintings are from a series I made, much later, called “Morfeta Man”.

Hope you like it…and if you do, please hit that like button, follow and share…

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Life in Miami at the end of the XXth Century and the start of the XXIst…

(Looking south towards Collins Avenue, South Beach)

I lived in Miami in the late nineties and in Miami Beach…just across Biscayne Bay…in the early two thousands…

There I recorded some music and painted some pictures that I’ve exhibited all over the world…

I put together a group that I called the Abstract Jazz Arrangement, preferably called simply AJA. We recorded some nice funky sounds. Here is a video clip that I made with some of my photographs of New Orleans and which also includes my graphic work, meaning drawings and paintings and the soundtrack is AJA doing my song “Yaya”…

I used to compose music, write songs, sing and play the guitar in those days. On this song you just heard, I want to thank and recognise the great work of a well known South Florida percussionist, Rey “Conga” Diaz, from Hialeah, Florida. I think he still lives in that suburb of Miami, so if you want to hear some great Cuban percussion, look him up, I am sure he is still playing somewhere and probably active on social media…

These were my first paintings, which happily sold at my first expo in Istanbul in 2003…

Then I painted these others that same year and created my Studio & Gallery, Omnia Caelums Studios of Art Miami…

I have to also say that I went through several “evolutions” while in Miami…

In the music world I was Simon, then Bakero for a while, then Bodo Vespaciano, which became the trademark for my artwork produced up to 2018. It was a wonderful experience and I really enjoyed creating some of the things that launched me in my career. I met some of the most wonderful people that I have ever met in my life in Miami Beach, including my wife and her mother, whom I both dearly love. And of course, the many friends, musicians, and artists with whom I worked and created.

Those years were very good, especially in Miami Beach. There were galleries and live music venues everywhere. Lamentably, that is all gone now. There is hardly a trace of what South Beach was like from the late nineties and early 2000’s. Now the galleries have been replaced with corporate stores and the live music venues with nothing…

I am glad I left Miami, but I still remember those years fondly.

Here’s to you, Old Times!

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