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This Cuban artist has no other means of expression than that of her creation. The walls of her home, where she lives with her mother, are covered with drawings of bodybuilders, brown tape scattered along the outlines. A true community of men, women, hermaphrodites and wildlife, Misleidys has built her sociality through her work. Discovered by the gallery in 2014, she has been featured in more than 10 international exhibitions since 2018, including New Images of Man in Los Angeles, Flying High in Vienna, and Independent in New York. Acclaimed by Matthew Higgs and Karen Wong (New Museum, NYC), the artist has been the subject of recent reviews in the New York Times and Art in America.

portrait of misleidys castillo pedroso - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1985 —
Country Cuba

Misleidys was born in 1985, not far from Havana, with a severe hearing impairment. Her father left home when she was still a very young child. The young girl showed signs of developmental difficulties, so her mother placed her in a specialized facility at the age of five. But as the symptoms of autism became more pronounced, she had to leave, returning home where she lived in isolation with the exception of the link she maintained to her mother and younger brother. Even at a young age, Misleidys was particularly drawn to crayons and watercolor paints that she used for her own amusement.

One day, Misleidys began to paint silhouettes of bodybuilders with marked facial features and protruding muscles. Over time, the figures increased in size, eventually becoming larger than life. After painting the figures, she would cut them out and affix them to the walls of her bedroom with pieces of brown Scotch tape and, in time, the other rooms of the house. Soon thereafter, the young woman also began to paint wildlife, devils, and animals, often insisting on representing their innards with painted cross-sections of their anatomy. Her inability to speak or express her ideas on the substance of her work ensures that her paintings, which possess a strong visual presence, remain absolutely enigmatic.

Those close to her claim that Misleidys has an exceptional capacity for clairvoyance, inherited from her mother, and that it is not rare to catch her in “conversation” with her works using hand gestures—a sign that these works are the bearers of some power which goes beyond the mere fascination that they exert on the beholder.

Karen Wong, deputy director at the New Museum (New York), on the topic of Misleidys Castillo Pedroso’s works, raises the question of gender as well as their formal similarities with the works of Francisco Clemente. But rather than telling us about Misleidys’ real intentions, this analysis primarily brings forth the issue of reception, central to the discussion of art brut.

Artworks
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untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2010
15.75 x 9.45 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2017
14.96 x 8.66 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2016
18.11 x 12.99 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2018
10.63 x 14.17 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2018
9.45 x 7.87 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2018
16.93 x 16.93 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2015
23.23 x 25.2 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2010
11.02 x 16.93 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2015
22.83 x 26.38 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2015
42.91 x 68.11 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2017
25.2 x 45.67 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2010
13.78 x 17.32 in
Catalog
Misleidys Castillo Pedroso fuerza cubana #2
Catalogue published to mark the exhibition *Fuerza Cubana #2 : Misleidys Castillo Pedroso & Rigo*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2018. - © christian berst — art brut

Preface : Karen Wong
Forewords : Christian Berst.
Catalog published to mark the exhibition Misleidys Castillo Pedroso : fuerza cubana #2, from September 8th to October 6th, 2018.

Exhibitions
In the flesh
veritable bodies, at the gallery. From June 14 to July 11, 2020.
Powerful Female - Delicate Male
Misleidys and Tschirtner , Galerie Gugging, Vienne. From March 12 to September 6, 2020.
Independent Art Fair
Misleidys Castillo Pedroso, New York. From March 5 to 8, 2020.
New Images of Man
Blum & Poe LLC. From February 1 to March 14, 2020.
galeristes art fair
at Le Carreau du Temple. From October 18 to 20, 2019.
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habana brut
French Alliance in Havana. From October 8 to November 21, 2019.
Blood test
Dr Guislain museum. From June 21 to October 20, 2019.
Extravaganza
Treger Saint-Silvestre Collection, Centro de Arte Oliva, Portugal. From April 13 to September 15, 2019.
Flying High
Women Artists of Art Brut, Kunstforum, Vienne. From February 15 to June 23, 2019.
misleidys castillo pedroso & rigo
fuerza cubana 2, at the gallery. From September 7 to October 6, 2018.
Histories of violence
a dialogue between the works of the treger saint silvestre collection, Núcleo de arte da oliva, Portugal. From April 14, 2018 to February 28, 2019.
drawing now 2018
Carreau du Temple. From March 22 to 25, 2018.
Salo V
Erotic Drawings Art Fair, galerie épisodique, paris. From June 2 to 5, 2017.
Art Brut
A Story of Individual Mythologies , Treger Saint Silvestre Collection, Portugal . From January 1 to February 26, 2017.
galeristes
salon des galeries et des collectionneurs engagés , carreau du temple. From December 8 to 11, 2016.
On The Wire
by Jean-Hubert Martin, at the gallery. From April 9 to May 22, 2016.
Misleidys Castillo Pedroso
Fuerza Cubana, at the gallery. From February 4 to April 2, 2016.
PreTENse
at the Gallery. From September 12 to October 10, 2015.
Misleidys Francisca Castillo Pedroso
Musculatura Viva, at the Gallery in New York City. From April 19 to May 31, 2015.
Nada
art fair, Miami, USA . From December 4 to 7, 2014.
l’[OFF]icielle
FIAC, Cité de la Mode et du Design, Paris. From October 23 to 26, 2014.
(OFF)ICIELLE
cité de la mode et du design. From October 22 to 26, 2014.
Exhibition view of *Fuerza Cubana 2: Misleidys & Rigo*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2018 - © photo: anaïs docteur, christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of *new images of man*, blum & poe gallery, los angeles, curator: alison m. gingeras, 2020 - © photo: makenzie goodman, christian berst — art brut
*independent art fair*, sam parker gallery booth, new york, united states, from march 5th to 8th, 2020 - © © parker gallery, christian berst — art brut
Press review
misleidys castillo pedroso
Clément Sauvoy, Aluring. June 14, 2020.
in the flesh : corps véritables - du 14/06 au 12/07 - christian berst art brut, paris
La Rédaction, Point Contemporain. June 1, 2020.
n°26
La Rédaction, Los Angeles Review Of Books. May 2, 2020.
coronavirus: piasa se mobilise pour les soignants
La Rédaction, The Art Newspaper Daily. April 3, 2020.
coronavirus: piasa lance une vente au profit du personnel soignant
Céline Lefranc, Connaissance Des Arts. April 2, 2020.
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gallery diary - galerie gugging, misleidys castillo pedroso & oswald tschirtner
La Rédaction, Parnass Kunstmagazin . March 31, 2020.
‘is humanism dead?’ asks redux of 1959 MoMA show
Jonathan Griffin, Frieze. March 12, 2020.
art & fiction: castillo pedroso misleidys francisca
Françoise Stark-mornington , The Laconian Review Online. March 11, 2020.
meet tootsie warhol, the former lawyer-turned-trump impersonator who’s using performance art to take down the president
Sarah Cascone, Artnet News. March 6, 2020.
an exhibition revises moma’s 1959 new images of man with newer images of men - and women
Travis Diehl, Art In America. March 6, 2020.
independent, the small-scale art fair antidote to the armory show, stages a soothing opening in new york
Andy Battaglia, Alex Greenberger, Artnews. March 5, 2020.
a striking balance of new and rediscovered at the independent fair
Will Heinrich, The New York Times. March 5, 2020.
curator alison gingeras on revisiting one of the 20th century’s key art shows
Andrew Russeth, Surface Magazine. February 5, 2020.
subjects of madness: nanotyrannus, raw champagne, and breasts like camellias
Nina Prader, Text Zur Kunst. June 29, 2019.
Les artistes femmes de l’art brut recensées à Vienne
Sabrina Silamo, Le Quotidien De L’art. April 16, 2019.
femmes artistes envers et contre tout
éric Tariant, Le Journal Des Arts. March 13, 2019.
les réprouvées de l’art brut déferlent à vienne
Clémentine Mercier, Libération Next. March 12, 2019.
raus aus dem nischendasein
Von Nicole Buesing Und Heiko Klaas , Dare. March 6, 2019.
le magnificie outsider
Germano D'aequisto, Marie Claire Italie. March 1, 2019.
flying high - künstlerinnen der art brut: frau und kunst, freiheit und geheimnis
Angelica Baumer, Artmagazine. February 25, 2019.
flying high, kunstlerinnen der art brut, kunstforum, wien
Pia, Kunst Essen Kino. February 17, 2019.
kunstforum wien: besondere frauen zeigen muskeln
La Rédaction, Kurier. February 15, 2019.
christian berst, la nature irréductible de l’art brut
Tom Laurent, Art Absolument. September 27, 2018.
misleidys castillo pedroso & rigo
La Rédaction, Wall Street International. September 24, 2018.
captivants imaginaires de la violence
Colin Cyvoct, L’oeil. September 20, 2018.
fuerza cubana #2
La Rédaction, The Art Newspaper Daily. September 6, 2018.
O mercado é bruto?
Valdemar Cruz, Expresso. July 16, 2016.
A arte não se deita na cama que lhe preparam
Ágata Xavier, Sabado. June 20, 2016.
En Cuba, Jaime no se levantó…
Marion Giraldou, Monde DIplomatique Chili. March 25, 2016.
Misleidys Castillo Pedroso & Daldo Marte
NewsArtToday.TV. February 29, 2016.
La confusion des genres
Philippe Godin, Libération - Diagonale De L’art. February 19, 2016.
Fuerza cubana : Misleidys Castillo Pedroso & Daldo Marte
Bénédicte Philippe, Télérama Sortir. February 17, 2016.
Art Brut makes its mark
Chadd Kortge, Happening. July 6, 2015.
Misleidys Pedroso: Musculatura Viva
Tag Christof, Need Supply Co.. May 22, 2015.
Misleidys Pedroso: The Marvel and the Albatross
Bob Levin, Broad Street Review. May 9, 2015.
Interior covers : Misleidys Castillo Pedroso
Art Papers. April 20, 2015.
Meet Cuban Artist Misleidys Francisca Castillo Pedroso and Her Gender-Bending Bodybuilders
Karen Wong, Artnet News. April 15, 2015.
These Are The Artists To Watch In 2015
Priscilla Frank, Huffington Post. December 9, 2014.
5 Booths We’re Looking Forward to at NADA Miami Beach
Alanna Martinez, Observer. December 2, 2014.
Art As Mental Therapy: Impressive ‘Art Brut’ Exhibit in Havana
NBC News. November 25, 2014.
Oficielle, beaucoup de bruit pour rien ou presque. Notre sélection qui sauve l’honneur
Hugo Saadi, Toutelaculture.com. October 22, 2014.
A l’avant-garde : Misleidys Castillo – Hombres
Dauphine De Cambre, Theartchemists.com. September 5, 2014.
Collections
Piet Meyer collection
Switzerland
Treger Saint Silvestre collection
Portugal
Carmen and Daniel Klein collection
Switzerland
Hannah Rieger collection
Austria
Antoine Frérot collection
France
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Emmanuelle and Guy Delcourt collection
France
Amr Shaker collection
Switzerland
Video
Misleidys Castillo Pedroso
Language French
Misleidys Francisca Castillo Pedroso

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