Cuban born , American Miami artist Sergio Garcia has been in Miami since 1961 where he continues to live and work.
Essentially a self-taught American artist, he embraced painting as a means of expression, exploring his personal identity, both past and present within the context of the ever present human condition. His work results from a profound and vigorous investigation of the psychological, social and emotional turmoil of life.
Garcia’s work reminds the viewer of the basic “aloneness” of man, and the elements that affect it. These matters are best expressed through the artist’s use of color, as well as by the intrusion of circles, lines and blacks, which serve to enhance the abstract and expressionistic quality of his work. Often, sketched like figures emerge from the raw canvases simply hung with nails, torn & stitched to convey symbolically the lifetime of damages to human awareness that leave visible scars.
In these visual chronicles of himself, he auto psychoanalyzes and simultaneously develops his own therapy: a pictorial high-voltage discharge (mixtures of textures, transparencies, dripping, gesturism, etc). The nearly featureless faces, barely sketched, a sort of initial contour without a mark, an insignia, the logo that identifies an act of possession, a stamp that at times he reaffirms by imprinting his own hand.
Garcia has had solo shows at The Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Highland Museum of the Arts, Sebring, FL, F.I.U. Geene Gallery, Miami, FL. State Capitol, Florida Arts Council, Division of Cultural Affairs, Tallahassee, FL, MIA Art Fair, Miami, FL, Art Naples Fair, Naples, FL, The Lowe Gallery, Naomi Silva Gallery, Atlanta, Ga, Aldo Castillo Gallery Chicago, IL, Kavachnina Contemporary, Miami, FL.
He has participated in group shows like The Halpert Biennial 95, Boone, Nc, Travelling exhibition,"Homage to María Zambrano” at the Museum of the Americas, Madrid, Spain, Espace Nouveau Vallon, Geneve, Switzerland. "Cafe"-The Journey of Cuban Artists & Writers, Temple University, Rome, Italy & Haggerty Museum, Milwaukee, MI,
“Artist Postcards, from Picasso to the Present“ 4th Beijing Art Biennale, Centro Italiano per le Arti e la Cultura, ¡Miami Effetá!, Laboratorio Evolutivo de Arte Contemporáneo, Alternative Space / Trienal Internacional del Caribe, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Palacio de Bellas Artes, "Giants in the City", Dominican Republic, 53rd Venice Biennale, Centro Italiano per le Arti e la Cultura, Highland Museum of the Arts, Sebring, FL, "Global Carribean" V), City of, Miami, Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami, (official Art Basel Miami program), Miami, FL, Penticton Art Gallery Museum, Penticton, Canada, 2017. Travelling exhibition, "The Kingdom of this World", Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL, N.Y.University's The King Juan Carlos Center, N.Y, City of Miami Little Haiti Cultural Center.
His work is represented in museums, private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. & abroad such as the Lowe Museum and The Frost Museum in Miami, FL, Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA, Museum of the Americas, Madrid, Spain, Museum of Art & Design, Miami, FL, and "Lehigh Museum, Bethlehem, PA, Penticton Art Museum, Penticton, Canada, and Davis Museum, Barcelona, Spain. among others.
Garcia has been the subject of numerous major publications such as “Latin American Artists Signature & Monograms”Colonial Era to 1996. National Museum of American History, Washington D.C. 1997; Chicago Art Dealers Association. “Absolute Vision”, Front Cover. Sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2000; “Recent Acquisitions of Cuban Art”, Lowe Museum of Art, Miami, Fl. 2003; “Homage to María Zambrano, Museo María Zambrano, Museum of the Americas, Madrid, Spain, 2005; “Cuban Artists Across the Diaspora” - Setting the Tent Against the House, By Andrea O'Reilly Herrera, University of Texas Press. Austin, TX. 20011. His work has been extensively reviewed in newspapers, art magazines and publications around the world.
García is revered as “one of today’s most authentic Cuban-American artists” states Abelardo Mena, Chief Curator, National Museum, Havana, Cuba.