YURI MARTINEZ RAMOS
"REST ON ME CUCKOO CLOCK"
OIL ON CANVAS, SIGNED, TITLED
CUBAN-AMERICAN, DATED 2020
48 X 36 INCHES
Rest on me Cuckoo clock I haven't ended my trip, the moment you strike the hours' wire chime, the steps of time do not seem to satisfy.
Rest on me Cuckoo clock I reached the top of my hill, the stair is showing me back the demise to the umbra where all lives begin.
The painting depicts our passes through life.
We step up to reach our highest moment, but every unstoppable minute marked by the clock is sending us back to the end, or for some, a new beginning.
Yuri Martinez Ramos was born in Havana, Cuba on November 24, 1964.
He studied at the Elemental School of Plastic Arts from 1975 – 1979 and the National School of the Arts from 1979 – 1983.
Martinez’ figurative paintings have been compared to Botero because of his satirical social commentary. His style, however, is uniquely his own with typically vibrant Latin colors and use of expressive magical realism. His paintings tell his story and the story of the Cuban dilemma.
Martinez was granted permission by the US Justice Department after much effort with Cuban authorities to come to the US with his family and pursue his career outside Cuba. He now lives and works in Texas.
Papillon Gallery had three successful one-man exhibitions for him in the gallery in Los Angeles, many collectors and celebrities purchased his paintings.
Martinez’ works are in collections in Germany, Puerto Rico, Chile, Mexico, Panama, and the United States: Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, and San Francisco.
He has displayed at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA.