Native Puerto Rican POP artist Bernardo Medina’s paintings and sculpture are expressive and light-hearted contemporary takes on traditional Puerto Rican iconography: amusing, colorful and sentimental. The pieces on display include his whimsical platanos sculptures – fanciful POP versions of the iconic Puerto Rican staple.
“I love Vieques! I’ve been visiting this special place all my life; with my parents as a child; on scouting trips; and as a teenager with friends. So I’m especially thrilled to have this wonderful opportunity to bring my art to this wondrous island and this beautiful gallery. In some ways it’s like a homecoming for me.” stated Medina.
Medina’s development as an artist has been a long process of study and investigation in medium, style and technique. Ten years ago this experimentation led him to create pieces with mixed media; he instantly recognized that he had found his calling. His work has always been an expression of love as many of his earlier works were given as presents to close friends and relatives who, in turn, were very frequently his inspiring muses. The ability to integrate objects found on his journeys to create beautiful strong colored abstract pieces caught the attention of Sylvia Villafañe, a Puerto Rican based art dealer and connoisseur, who gave him his first opportunity to exhibit his art in her gallery upon recognizing his innate artistic fervor. He has been exhibiting regularly since 2006.
The pieces that will be on display at the Siddhia Hutchisnons Gallery include his whimsical platanos sculptures – fanciful POP versions of the iconic Puerto Rican staple. Also on display will be some of his mixed media works inspired, as the majority of his work is, by the folkloric Patron Feasts in Puerto Rico –full of color, tradition, glitter and memories.