Art at Work. Marionettes and Workshop Drawings by Pablo Cano

From Sept 6th through Oct 29th, 2010.

altPablo Cano is internationally recognized for his skill in intertwining marionettes constructed from of found objects with performance art that delights audiences of all ages. Since childhood, marionettes have fascinated Pablo. At the age of ten, he was putting on elaborate plays for his family featuring puppets constructed of household bric-a-brac. His primary work today continues to center around the marionettes that he fashions from found objects, and the performance pieces he composes to showcase these protagonists. Cano employs numerous art forms in his work including oil and watercolor painting, fine drawing, charcoal and ceramic sculpture and is accomplished in each of these areas.

Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator, MOCA North Miami observes, “Each marionette is a complete sculpture in its own right that is exhibited in the museum in its inanimate state; but when their creator and grand puppeteer Cano performs them, the figures take on a life force that causes the audience members to suspend their disbelief.” She adds, “Few artists can so convincingly transform inert material or provide a transcendent experience. Cano succeeds in these transformations because these marionettes are the incarnation of his own reality.”

He earned a MFA from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1985 and has studied and worked in New York, Paris, Baltimore and Miami. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami, Florida has commissioned his marionette performances annually since 1997. Pablo Cano’s work is found in numerous public and private collections internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; Museum of Art / Fort Lauderdale, FL; Lowe Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL; Cintas Foundation, New York, NY; Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY; The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, GA; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN; Art in Public Places, Olympia, GA; Bacardi, Miami, FL; R.J. Reynolds Company, Winston-Salem, NC; Sagamore Hotel, Collection of Martin & Cricket Taplin, Miami Beach, FL; Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL. Miami Art Museum , Miami FL. Bass Museum of Art , Miami Beach , FL.

Art at Work
1245 SW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33174

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