Cernuda Arte

cordially invites you
to the Opening Reception of

When Dreams Come True

A solo exhibition by Irina Elén González

Friday, October 7, 7 – 10 pm
The artist will be present during the
inaugural event
On view through November 14

Cernuda Arte
3155 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, Fl 33134
305 461 1050

I Cling to Life and Survive, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 29 1/2 x 23 1/2 in.
When Dreams Depart, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 63 x 47 1/4 in.

Irina Elén - When Dreams Come True

“In a dramatically changing world of harsh realities and chaos, some people opt for confrontation, defeat or indifference. Others, like Irina Elén, choose and hold on to the embrace of aspiration, faith, serenity, love, and other feelings akin to these ways of goodness. Though Irina Elén is a contemporary artist, creating and being viewed in a present-day context, her work centers upon themes that relate with other times and places – with allegorical myths and dreamlike lands, where open skies, crystal waters, bucolic settings, pleasurable earthly affairs, and spiritual desires of ascension coexist with the reality of her own life. Welcome to Irina’s world.


The heart of Irina’s art is nourished from a formal academic study of other renowned painters that have cast a spell on her. The artist’s works connect with diverse Italian Renaissance maestros such as, Fra Bartolommeo and Titian, and the great 17th-century Dutch painter, Frans Hals. Furthermore, the artist has found fertile ground and inspiration in the hard-paved contributions of exceptional Northern European women artists during the 16th and 17th centuries, particularly, those of the prominent Italian painter, Lavinia Fontana, and also of the eminent Dutch master, Judith Leyster, whose works were admired for their vibrant palette and astonishing detail of the clothes and jewelry that their subjects wore. Medieval illuminated manuscripts, Naїve Art, Art Nouveau, Surrealism, craftwork, and tapestry have likewise influenced the artist’s approach.


Irina Elén acknowledges that these allusions have helped develop her own visual language. “The accomplishment is obtained when you are able to interpret, distill and reweave the references into one’s creations,” she says. This feat is boldly demonstrated in Irina Elen’s present show, When Dreams Come True. In this riveting solo exhibition – her first one in the United States – the artist recreates interesting convergences of dreams and realities, by concocting and intertwining images of a mythical universe with components of a Caribbean culture – specifically – her Platonic love for nature.


Her paintings are imbued with grace, freshness and metaphor. Symbols of beauty, joy, youth, providence and paradise abound, together with certain constants that appear and reappear in her compositions, such as – the feminine imagery, the intimate-surreal setting, the sheer pleasure of fantasy, and the marvelous sense of craft. The placid and splendorous large-scale rendition, When Dreams Depart (2011), and the exquisite, Among Flowers and Dreams (2010), with its profusion of delicate blossoms, are two outstanding examples of the artist’s expressive style.”

Nercys Cernuda

About Us

Cernuda Arte showcases the works of the Colonial, Early Republic, Vanguardia, and Modern master painters, as well as the latest production of contemporary artists of unquestionable talent. The complete spectrum of Cuban art has been, for more than twenty-five years, our field of expertise and with pleasure it will continue to be so. We offer you the accumulation of our experience backed by our integrity and honesty. We buy, sell, certify, and appraise Cuban art.



3155 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, Fl 33134
305 461 1050
Mon – Fri: 10:30 – 6:30; Sat: 12 – 6:30


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