Miami Biennale
Marta María Pérez-Bravo

Art Works
Marta María Pérez-Bravo Osun, ¡tú cuida!, 1995
Gelatin silver print; 39 x 31 1/8 inches
From Beyond the Erotic: Flows

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Marta María Pérez-Bravo (born 1959) Havana, Cuba. Best known for her dream- based black and white photography. Often using her own body as the central subject to express her own mythological beliefs. Bravo lived in Havana until 1995, until she moved to Monterrey, Mexico with her family where she currently resides.

Her Work
Bravo’s work is usually small format black and white photos where she uses her body as a vessel to express her cultural and religious perspective. Bravo is deeply connected to her cultural background especially the religious belief of the Afro-Caribbean Santeria. Santeria believes that the divine exists in all things, even in everyday objects. These objects are often “votive offerings and other elements of popular lore” of her Cuban culture. This is why Bravo chooses such familiar objects such as rope, branches, and animal parts to express the divine nature of all things. Bravo’s photographs attempt to express her own spiritual path, documenting her progress through abstract and dream like staged photographs. Although her spiritual path itself remains vague, we are given a glimpse into her divine experiences.

Bravo’s work has been all over the world, including the Cuba at the IV Havana Bienal, the V Istanbul Biennial in Turkey, the Kwangju Biennale in South Korea. Her work has been also included in many museum exhibitions such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museo del Barrio, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany, Muesarnok Museum, Budapest, Hungary, Alejandro Otero Museum of Visual Arts, Caracas, Venezuela, Winnipeg Art Gallery and the National Art Gallery in Ottawa, Canada, Menil Collection in Houston, Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, Wichita Art Museum, Kansas, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Mead Museum of Art, Amherst, Massachusetts, Miami Art Museum, Florida, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Bravo graduated in Painting at the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts (1979) and the Instituto Superior de Arte (1984).