DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts is presenting the works of Cuban artist Alex Lago in November.
The exhibition will feature a selection of paintings in oils and watercolors, created in recent years. The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 6 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in conjunction with the monthly Fort Myers Art Walk event. The exhibition will be on display through Nov. 28.
The poetry in Alex Lagos’ work is mesmerizing. Words are not present, but anyone can read the imbedded messages and metaphors. This, to him, is extremely important and has become a strict practice during his creative process. The artist faults his native Cuba for this thought process.
As he describes it, “Cuba is a country of extreme ideologies. Very few expressions are allowed in diversion from the official speech. The great lesson from these circumstances was discovering that I had a personal vision, which I needed to foster, cherish and share,” comments the artist, who developed a teaching workshop that lead him to Mexico where he taught for several years. “Multiple circumstances there [in Mexico]made me realize the oversaturated experience in my country, ultimately deciding to move to the United States.”
Lagos, who has shown in various art centers, galleries and museums in the United States and Europe, is currently working on new pieces for an exhibition in 2021. Currently, he is represented by an art gallery in Madrid, Spain, but most of his recent endeavors have been independently. About the present times, he claims his optimism for better days, while embracing his current life. “The past, now behind me, and the path I am following are the catalysts that move my world. Now, I live in a forest, where the trees and the birds are witnesses to my journey,” says Lago.
DAAS invites all Southwest Florida art collectors, supporters and enthusiasts to join us for the opening reception on Nov. 6. The gallery is located at 1815 Fowler St. in the Butterfly Estates complex in Fort Myers. The gallery’s temporary business hours are Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information about the gallery and how to become a member can be found at www.daascoop.com or by calling 239-590-8645.