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On the streets of Havana, Jorge Alberto Cadi is known as « El Buzo » - the diver - a man in constant search of material for his works in the city’s trash cans and refuse piles. Boltanskian with his use of photography as memorial, Warholian in his stitching of reproduced images, El Buzo seeks to reveal, above all, what these photographs are hiding. Exhibited for the first time in 2019 by the gallery, his work will be introduced to a wider public in the second edition of Photo | Brut, a joint exhibition hosted by the Centrale and Botanique in Brussels in 2022.

Jorge Alberto Cadi - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1963 —
Country Cuba

In the streets of Havana, Jorge Alberto Hernández Cadi is only known as “El Buzo”. This Cuban artist, like his brother, suffers from schizophrenia and is nicknamed the “diver” because he is constantly looking for material for his works in the city’s rubbish bins.

It is on the outside and inside of containers such as suitcases, brass or wooden boxes that Cadi pastes black and white photographs on which he uses a blue pen. Thus, touching family scenes are transformed into grotesque, even satanic images, where the characters are deprived of their faces or characterized by diabolic features such as long ears, horns or claws. Far from addressing the theme of loss of identity, the ripped faces reappear in a macabre way on other parts of the composition. They are then not only glued but literally sewn onto the support.

As he expresses it, these anonymous photographs from another time speak of the emigration, the departures, the farewells, the separations that marked his country. The same goes for this predilection for suitcases. “When you close the suitcase, you bring together people who have never seen each other before. They are going back to travel… Sometimes in another dimension”. It is also about what has been sewn and uncoupled, what is being repeated. “We’re a bit sewn up by time,” he says.

A fan of meditative gymnastics and martial arts (Karate, Judo, Wing Tsun), Cadi practices, in addition to collage, drawing and pottery.

Together with Misleidys Castillo Pedroso, Cadi is one of the most famous representatives of Cuban art brut.

Artworks
Please contact us to inquire about the available works.
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2015
7.87 x 9.84 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2015
14.96 x 12.6 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2015
7.87 x 9.84 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2015
9.84 x 7.87 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2015
11.81 x 9.45 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2015
9.84 x 7.87 in
Catalog
Jorge Alberto Cadi el buzo
Catalogue published to mark the exhibition *Jorge Alberto Cadi : el buzo*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2019. - © christian berst — art brut

Forewords : Christian Berst.
Catalog published to mark the exhibition Jorge Alberto Cadi : el buzo, from October 12 to November 23, 2019.

Exhibitions
In the flesh :
veritable bodies, at the gallery. From June 14 to July 11, 2020.
jorge alberto cadi
el buzo, at the gallery. From October 12 to November 23, 2019.
habana brut
French Alliance in Havana. From October 8 to November 21, 2019.
Exhibition view of *Jorge Alberto Cadi : El Buzo*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2019 - © ©christian berst art brut, photo: Elena Groud, christian berst — art brut
Exhibition view of *Jorge Alberto Cadi : El Buzo*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2019 - © ©christian berst art brut, photo: Elena Groud, christian berst — art brut
Exhibition view of *Jorge Alberto Cadi : El Buzo*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2019 - © ©christian berst art brut, photo: Elena Groud, christian berst — art brut
Press review
is there such a thing as outsider photography?
Claire Margat, Artpress. May 22, 2020.
l’objet valise de jorge alberto cadi
Claire Margat, Artpress. November 13, 2019.
la photo brute peut-elle être une catégorie de l’art brut
Bruno Dubreuil, Blog Viens Voir. November 13, 2019.
sélection galerie : jorge alberto cadi chez christian berst
Philippe Dagen, Le Monde. November 8, 2019.
Collections
abcd / Bruno Decharme collection
France
Treger Saint Silvestre collection
Portugal
Carmen and Daniel Klein collection
Switzerland
Antoine Frérot collection
France
Emmanuelle and Guy Delcourt collection
France
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Hervé Lancelin collection
Luxembourg
Amr Shaker collection
Switzerland
Jorge Alberto Cadi

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