CUBAN-BORN, CONTEMPORARY ARTIST KADIR LOPEZ NIEVES TO PRESENT A SOLO EXHIBIT IN PALM BEACH AT CAVALIER GALLERIES
Kadir López Nieves’ New “Signs” Series Exhibit : February 23- March 7
Beloved by serious art collectors and celebrities alike, KADIR LÓPEZ NIEVES, returns to his Palm Beach fans this month, from Feb 23rd to March 7th, 2022, in a solo exhibit titled WANTED/SIGNS.
“Signs are everywhere. They dictate our lives,” says López. “Our alphabet is a group of signs and so is our numerical system. They can be simple or complex. The big gas station and soft drink signs seduce and communicate a feeling. And in a way, that’s what a great work of art does.”
President, Kings, Entrepreneurs, and Celebrities can’t get enough of Kadir. His collectors include Colombian singer Juanes, actor Will Smith, first lady Michelle Obama, Moroccan King Mohammed VI, entertainer Vanessa Williams, and TV star Jennifer Finnigan.
López’ “Signs” collections displayed at Cavalier Galleries’ South County Road location, include Wanted, Gangster Corporation, and Grand Prix. The works are made of reclaimed corporate and government placards from around the globe carefully curated by López and turned into a historical tableau for commemorating icons and their moment in time. For example, in his Wanted pieces, Kadir transposes black and white historical photographs of famed outlaws onto the signs and then–using a proprietary method– creates a third paint layer. The effect is almost three-dimensional. “The protagonists in Wanted blur the line of fame and infamy,” says López. “When does an outlaw become a celebrity?”
And when does an artist become so wanted? “Kadir López is one of the most original artists working today, from embracing his Cuban heritage to his extraordinary use of historic figures in novel, artistic mediums,” says gallery owner Ron Cavalier.
Along with his “Signs” collections, López also brings to Palm Beach his latest, larger than life Monopoly board with neon game pieces, “Havana Noir.” As well as three, cheeky, giant Rubik’s cubes, throwback brain puzzles deftly suspended in the air. Instead of primary color stickers on their squares, one cube features Democratic Presidents, another Republican Presidents and on the third, the faces of notorious gangsters. Parallels are open to interpretation. “His work is seductive and captivating on the surface, but thought-provoking as one digs deeper,” says Cavalier. “We are honored to represent this work and genius.” The buzz is building to a crescendo as a new crop of collectors and regulars clamor for a piece of the artist’s point of view. “His work is bringing such excitement to town,” says local art collector, Kassi Lowenstein. “His presence here is already electrifying this small town.” It must be a sign.