Mauricio Trenard Sayago was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1963. He was raised by his family and society to believe in the power of art to educate and transform the individual and society. This environment strongly influenced him. His goal is to use his work ti simplify, exaggerate, or change how we see our current realities, so that we can make the world a better place. Mauricio came to the United States in 2000 and lives in Brooklyn, making his living as an artist.
In Mauricio’s own words:
“I was born in Santiago de Cuba, July 17th 1963. The home in which I was raised was always closely linked with art. I was surrounded by clay objects; plaster figures, broken molds, as well as the artistic debates sustained by the various artists and art history professors in my family. This environment strongly influenced my artistic inclination.
I studied art and grew up under Cuba’s isolated, Socialist system. This reality changed very little until the early 90’s when the island was subjected to abject scarcity produced by the fall of the Soviet Union—which had previously helped to support us. By necessity, this scarcity forced Cuba to open up to the capitalist world. From that point on, the reality around me began to shift.
Since arriving in the United States in 2000, my interaction with a new “reality” has generated a series of vital experiences full of different codes and signifiers. Finding the means and medium to maintain and express my identity within my new reality is one of the great challenges that I face today.
I use art as an indispensable tool to explore the aspects of reality that interest me while at the same time exploring myself and my interactions with my new reality. Painting gives me the opportunity to reflect, understand, explore, change, alter, simplify or even exaggerate certain facets of reality with which I come in contact.
Painting is an act through which I find freedom to change anything without any obligation to cultural patterns or stereotypes of beauty. For me painting is a sort of mental exercise that I use, not only to create new images, but also to facilitate my own survival in this country. Each finished piece is not an end in itself, but a history of the process of creation, observation and learning.”
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