Courtesy Esterio Segura and the Museum of Latin American Art

This past November, the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, California, opened Esterio Segura, the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s work presented by a museum outside Cuba. With the exhibition’s February 15 closing date approaching, Cuban Art News takes a photo walk-through of Esterio Segura—then wraps up with news of another Segura show opening this week.

In a statement to the media, MOLAA president and CEO Stuart Ashman called Segura “one of Cuba’s most informed artists, whose work clearly demonstrates how Cuban artists have entered the mainstream of the contemporary art world despite the political barriers that isolate them.” Segura, the statement says, “reflects upon contemporary Cuban anxieties.”

Courtesy Esterio Segura and the Museum of Latin American Art

The works in the show pick up several motifs that recur in Segura’s work: the figure of Pinocchio, airplanes, submarines, and physical transformation.

Courtesy Esterio Segura and the Museum of Latin American Art
Courtesy Esterio Segura and the Museum of Latin American Art
Courtesy Esterio Segura and the Museum of Latin American Art

“Embracing pop culture, Afro-Cuban influences, religious iconography and eroticism,” the MOLAA statement says, Segura “celebrates the beauty and ingenuity of the island while challenging the absurdity of the barriers that isolate and separate its people.”

Courtesy Esterio Segura and the Museum of Latin American Art
Courtesy Esterio Segura and the Museum of Latin American Art
Courtesy Esterio Segura and the Museum of Latin American Art
Courtesy Esterio Segura and the Museum of Latin American Art
Courtesy Esterio Segura and the Museum of Latin American Art

Esterio Segura is on view at the Museum of Latin American Art through Sunday, February 15.

This Friday, February 6,  Occidente Tropical. Esterio Segura opens in Havana at Factoría Habana. Curated by Concha Fontenla, the show opens with a reception at 8 p.m.