Miami Dade College’s West Campus Brews Café Art Exhibit

Published on : Tuesday, May 19, 2015

downloadMiami Dade College (MDC) West Campus in partnership with the City of Doral will host an important art exhibition on Friday, May 29, titled Preserving a Cultural Heritage by renowned Cuban artist, Reynier Llanes.

The young Reynier Llanes left Cuba to move to his new homeland in 2007. His allegoric work has been influenced by the life he lived in a politically charged country and the everyday struggles he had to endure. Accidentally spilling coffee on a drawing, he found a new art form. His work was not ruined; in fact the effect that it produced was one that he pursued as a medium. In working with coffee, he found the memories of his childhood filled with the social rituals and the rich aroma of coffee (café) were brought to life.

“Coffee holds great socio-economic significance and influence on the everyday lives of people throughout the world. MDC-West welcomes the forthcoming exhibition as it will enrich our students and community and introduce us to a formidable artist who has ingeniously used coffee to create art,” said Dr. Malou C. Harrison, MDC West Campus President.

Llanes focuses on a very unique technique of painting with coffee. The fascinating blend of freshly brewed Cuban espresso creates a tint with a varying degree of intensity and shades as it is absorbed into the paper. This 20-piece exhibition reflects on many of the works completed by Llanes throughout the years. He will also be offering a seminar focused on his technique and art form.

Both the exhibition and seminar are free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on display until Friday June 5, 2015.

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