Misleidys Castillo Pedroso
Karen Wong, deputy director at the New Museum of New York, on the topic of Misleidys Castillo Pedroso’s works, raises the question of genre as well as their formal similarities with the works of Clemente. But rather than telling us about Misleidys’ real intentions, this analysis brings forth the issue of reception, central to the discussion of Art Brut works.
In the case of Misleidys, the little we know is that she was born in 1985, not far from Havana, with a severe hearing impairment, and that her father left home when she was still a very young child. The little 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 clearer, she had to leave. She went back to live at home, in total isolation from society, before beginning, one day, to paint and then to cut out silhouettes of bodybuilders – sometimes larger than life-size – soon adding wildlife, demons, organs, of which some have cut-away views. This assemblage ended up decorating all the rooms in the house, with the strips of brown Scotch used to tape them to the walls giving them a sort of supernatural aura.
Those close to her claim that Misleidys displays an exceptional capacity for clairvoyance, inherited from her mother, and that it isn’t rare to come upon her in the middle of “conversing” with her works through gestures – the sign that these are the bearers of some power which goes beyond the mere fascination that they exert on the beholder.
curiosites cabinet : Daldo Marte
Misleidys Francisca Castillo Pedroso
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.
A significant number of his works was donated to the Centre Pompidou collection in 2021.
Daldo was extremely shy since he was a little child. He was diagnosed with a slight mental disability but his mother doesn’t talk much about his condition. She has always given him all her support and care, and as she was a teacher, she took care of his education at home. During Daldo’s childhood and adolescence, he began to make his own toys. First, he used paper, then carton board, and finally he found a unique way to create his toys. He uses the inner rubber tubes from old car tires to create a great diversity of little figures: animals, humanoids, spaceships and all kind of creatures from his own fantasy world and from his preferred comics and cartoons. Some of them are just cut out[…]