El Día de los Reyes Magos, or Three Kings Day, marks the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus. Throughout the Spanish-speaking Americas, it’s celebrated with parades and processions, family gatherings, and toys for the children.
With El Día de los Reyes Magos coming up this weekend, we celebrate with works by Luis Cruz Azaceta and Carlos Estévez—two artists known for approaching serious themes with a spirit of play.
First up: Azaceta’s In Transit, 2017. With 39 new toy constructions and three paintings from 2005, the installation is something of a Three Kings Day procession in itself.
“People were taken by surprise when they saw these new works,” Azaceta told us.
Currently on view in the exhibition Of/By/For at the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora in Miami, In Transit doesn’t shy away from tough issues.
Here is Azaceta’s statement on In Transit.
IN A WORLD
In early 2016, Carlos Estévez received an artist residency at the McColl Art Center for the Arts + Innovation in Charlotte, North Carolina. Among the facilities he had access to were ovens for ceramics. In four months, he produced more than 200 ceramic works.
“It’s definitely a charming place,” Estévez said of the McColl Center, “full of ghosts and spirits that do not rest. From the very beginning, I connected with that energy and it was my source of inspiration through the magic of fire.”
Estévez’s ceramics explore many of the themes in his paintings and three-dimensional constructions, including dancers, demons, metamorphosis, moons, and the intricacies of human anatomy.
More than 60 of Estévez’s ceramic plates are currently on view in Carlos Estévez: Fireworks at Miami’s Kendall Art Center.
Happy Día de los Reyes Magos to all.