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Pablo Cano


2020, Cardboard, white ink, brush, 13 x 16 x 2 in

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Pablo Cano was born in Havana, Cuba in 1961. His influences include traditional marionette theater and performance art by the Dadaists of the 1920s. Materials for his marionettes come from Miami thrift stores and streets of his Little Havana neighborhood. Cano’s first mediums included painting, drawing, and ceramics. At the age of 18, he began his study of CUban art and identified with the work of artists such as Enrique Riverón, Amelia Palaez, Wilfredo Lam, and others. During his 20’s, he became fascinated with the work of Russian Constructivist artist Alexandra Exter and inspired by his work and the use of found objects in Dada art, Cano began his own adventure in creating marionettes, taking advantage of the wide range of materials discarded on city streets. As a performance artist, he continually explores the challenges of space, movement, color, light, and sound. In addition to MOCA North Miami, Cano’s wok has been exhibited at museums and other venues around the country, and he has performed and exhibited in New York at Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Lincoln Center Gallery. He holds a B.A. degree from Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from Queens College in New York.

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