National Art Exhibitions by the Mentally Ill
cordially invite you to the opening reception
of a collective Outsider Art Exhibition
Misleidys Castillo. Anatomies
on Thursday, November 5th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
at Ideobox ArtSpace
2417 N. Miami Ave.
Wynwood Arts District
Miami, Fl. 33127
November 5, 2015 – January 12, 2016
Misleidys Francisca Castillo Pedroso was born in Güines, a small town near Havana, Cuba, on September 28, 1985. She was born with brain, hearing and autistic impediments. She has always lived in her own secluded world, inserted in a familiar environment. Painting with watercolors and pencils has been her great passion since early childhood. Her father left home when she was a young kid. As a result, she acquired a rather particular vision of masculinity: a caricatured stereotype of the super strong and muscular man who marks his anatomy extending his arms up and down.
“The family is unsure of the exact date, but a few years ago, Misleidys Francisca Castillo Pedroso began painting muscular male figures, in various states of undress, on construction paper. After cutting the figures out, she would install them methodically all over the apartment, using precisely cut pieces of packing tape, spaced evenly around the figures’ edge. Some of the men were a few inches tall while others approached eight feet, stretching from floor to ceiling. Then came the body parts—severed hands, feet, and heads floating free. One day, she started painting faces and bodies with cut-away views that revealed brightly colored abstract tissue and organs. Recently, she began painting female figures with bikini outfits, and groupings of heads that are joined together depicting generations, twins, families, or some other relationship. Her work is constantly evolving”, Phillip March Jones, Director Klein /Berst Gallery. New York.
Juan Martin, President of NAEMI, a non- profit organization established in Miami in 1988 explains that “In many of these works resounds, from my perspective, a deluded howling that offers us a glimpse to the soul of these artists…with delirious urgency, all of them have been able to find a piece of cardboard, a table of waste wood, a dirty rag or an old shoe to sublimate their anguish in search of hope, waving rejection: rejection of a society that despises the other, and excludes the different ones” .
But the most important fact in Outsider Art is not the biography of the of the artist but the artwork itself. El Nuevo Herald defined Misleidys as the new Cuban artist revelation in Outsider Art.
NAEMI (National Art Exhibition by the Mentally Ill, http://www.naemi.org) is a non-profit organization established in 1988 in Miami, Florida. It was founded by Juan Martin, the current Executive Director, which aims are dedicated to discovering, studying, promoting, exhibiting, and preserving the art of those struggling with mental illness throughout the world.
NAEMI has done during this past 28 years pioneering work in recognizing the artistic talent among many individuals suffering from mental illness and provides a forum for bringing these talents to public awareness. Every year, their Annual Art Exhibition in Miami receives around 900 entries from all over the USA, Spain, England, Argentina, Paraguay, Mexico, Brazil, and Chile