Like a changing natural cycle that evolves into something more, “Eruption” is the final stage of an artistic journey that has spanned almost ten years. The works gathered in this exhibition belong to one of the fundamental series in José Yaque’s work, namely his research into the origin of pigments and the chromatic and formal universe of minerals. Although the project presents a group of constants that run through the different stages of his telluric paintings: the autonomy of form, the visceral engagement of the body in the process of image creation and the work with the layers of paint, through them we can witness the chromatic and gestural radicalization that should take place around 2021.

What in earlier works was merely a pulsating feeling inside the planet has now emerged into the open as an irresistible force of nature. This phenomenon is expressed in the color, in the abruptness of the sound contrasts and in the unbridled freedom. That, and nothing else, is the substance of the earth, the substance of painting, a fiery magma in which things do not exist in isolation, but are also other things. Eruption” stages the connection between the two levels, the inner and the superficial, and reminds us that life and death are identical modalities of a permanently revolving world.

“On one side the idea of painting, on the other the minerals, the substrate of the earth, which like burning magma transmits the convention of discipline”.

-Daleysi Moya

José Yaque

José Eduardo Yaque (born 1985 in Manzanillo, Cuba) studied at the “Carlos Enríquez” Carlos Enríquez” in Manzanillo (2005) and at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in Havana (2011). In 2010, he took part in the first Biennial of Contemporary Art in Portugal and exhibited at Wasps Artists’ Studios in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2012 he won a residency in Warsaw: In Poland, he exhibited at the Zacheta Project Space of the National Art Gallery in Warsaw as part of the collective exhibition “Fragmentos” and achieved his first solo exhibition outside the country’s borders at the Zacheta National Art Gallery. In 2017, he took part in the collective exhibition of the Cuban Pavilion in Palazzo Loredan at the 57th Venice Biennale. He has had solo exhibitions at Galleria Continua, Rome (2020), Colegio de Arquitectos (UNAICC), Havana (2019), Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Vienna (2019), David Gill Gallery, London (2018), at the Villa Pacchiani Exhibition Center, Santa Croce sull’Arno, Pisa (2017), at the Galleria Continua, Les Moulins, France (2015), at the Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy (2015) and at the National Library of Cuba, Havana (2015). He currently lives and works between Havana and Madrid.