CU-1 Gallery and Mr. Marc Schmidt in association with Mr. Ndaba Mandela and Mr. Florian Haffa present a solo exhibition of recent works by internationally acclaimed artist, Stephan Szcznesy. One of the key figures in twenty first-century art, Szczesny co-founded "Neue Wilde" (Nouveaux Fauves), recognized as the most important art movement in Europe since World War II.â€œSzczesny uses a kaleidoscopic visual language and seeks a synthesis between Picasso and Matisse, between the fanned-out multiple perspectives of the one and the clear surfaces of the other.â€ Klaus Honnef, art critic.
A painter first and foremost, Szczesny has long experimented with painting on photography. Widely known for his exuberant and sensual style celebrating the beauty of life, the solo exhibition comprises a curated selection ofÂ chefs-dâ€™oeuvres among these works, through which the artist explores the rich cultures of Miami and his adopted hometown St. Tropez. The exhibition also features a selection of Szczesnyâ€™s well-known shadow sculptures.
Stephan Szczesnyâ€™s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions in the United States including New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Miami. His friends and collectors include Pierce Brosnan, Tommy Hilfiger, Stephen Schwarzman, Patricia and Phillip Frost, and Steve Wynn. Mr. Stephan Szczesny will present one of his shadow sculptures to Mr. Ndaba Mandela during the reception. The sculpture will be auctioned at a later date to benefit Africa Rising.
About Africa Rising
AR is an organization that works with youth, in creating a new breed of Africans that will empower Africa to be at the forefront of its development. Ndaba and Kweku Mandela founded AR in late 2009. The two grandsons sought to continue the great work of their grandfather, Nelson Mandela, in a way that is relevant to the new struggles young Africans face in the twenty-first century by instilling and uplifting a heightened sense of pride and purpose in young Africans and creating a sustainable platform. AR is committed to publicizing the positive image of Africa to the world through publications, films, media and social interaction, in order to change the mindset of young Africans.
About CU-1 Gallery
CU-1 Gallery opened in June 2013 and is dedicated to bring Contemporary European Photography to Miami. The gallery is located in the iconic Security Building in Downtown Miami, in a dramatic 5.500 sq. space, a fitting setting for an exciting new cultural venue.