Quisqueya Henriquez

Quisqueya Henriquez A Heap of Paradise 2007 Quisqueya Henriquez

Quisqueya Henriquez, A Heap of Paradise  2007. PVC tubes and rubber, dimensions variable, each of 40 tubes is 115 inches long by 1 inch wide. Image courtesy of David Castillo Gallery.

There are few women artists from the Caribbean islands that approach conceptual art with Caribbean flavor such as Quisqueya Henriquez. Drawing from a heavily researched art historical context, Henriquez creates works that provide a critical perspective on gender, regional clichés and ethnic stereotypes, with a sophisticated and elegant aesthetic.

Most notably, Henriquez’s penchant for questioning the Caribbean cliché and her native Dominican Republic’s reputation for producing all sorts of sports stars. A seemingly sweet and visually appealing treat, Henriquez’s Caribbean Seawater Ice Cream begs to be tasted, but provides a salty unexpected flavor of the Caribbean (spiked with rum of course); a subtle critique of everything those turquoise waters seem to hide well beneath the surface. Another poignant work is Playing with Adversity, where Henriquez cuts up all sorts of sport balls and presents them as ornaments.

Coming from a place where most tourists end up in all inclusive hotels (never even stepping out to see the real Dominican Republic outside of their paradisiacal simulation), Henriquez seems to be presenting a more tangible version of island mentality and reality.

Quisqueya Henriquez Helado de Agua de Mar Caribe 2002 Quisqueya Henriquez

Quisqueya Henriquez, Helado de Agua de Mar Caribe (Caribbean Seawater Ice Cream) 2002.

After graduating from the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba, Henriquez has exhibited throughout Latin America, Europe, and the US. Her work is a part of important private and public collections including El Museo del Barrio, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; Miami Art Museum; Cintas Foundation, NY; Rhode Island School of Design; and Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, NY, among many others. The September 2007 issue of ARTnews named Henriquez one of 25 art world trendsetters. Before traveling to the Miami Art Museum, Henriquez’s mid-career retrospective at the Bronx Museum of the Arts garnered a review in the New York Times.

Quisqueya Henriquez Jugando con la Adversidad 2001 Quisqueya Henriquez

Quisqueya Henriquez, Jugando con la Adversidad (Playing with Adversity) (detail) 2001. Manipulated sports balls, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of David Castillo Gallery.

Quisqueya Henriquez Jugando con la Adversidad Quisqueya Henriquez

Quisqueya Henriquez, Jugando con la Adversidad (Playing with Adversity) (detail) 2001. Manipulated sports balls, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of David Castillo Gallery.

Quisqueya Henriquez Collage Made According to the Laws of Change 2008 Quisqueya Henriquez

Quisqueya Henriquez, Collage Made According to the Laws of Change  2008. Collage on paper 12 x 9 inches each. Images courtesy of David Castillo Gallery.

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