b. 1959, Havana, Cuba
José Bedia is a pioneer of the radical transformation of Cuban Art that inaugurated the Exhibition Volumen 1, of which he was an integral part. His passion for the primal Amerindians complemented his anthropological studies of Afro-Transatlantic cultures. Bedia traveled to Angola as part of the International Cultural Brigades, who supported the struggle of the Angolan-Cuban War against Namibia and South Africa. This contact with the mother continent, and the war, increased his deep interest in the African roots of American culture. This interest took him to countries such as Peru, Mexico, Haiti, Dominican Rep., Puerto Rico, Zambia, Botswana, Kenya, and Tanzania. After residing in Mexico he moved to Miami Florida, where he currently resides. Bedia’s vast knowledge has is ever-present in his work and shows how this cultural heritage has influenced our daily lives. His art is characterized by a unique approach to storytelling, which he calls “informative lessons about the cosmologist Universes of the ancestral cultures and its influence in popular cultures”.
His work has been exhibited at the Venice, Beijing, La Habana and Sao Paulo Biennales, where he has received numerous awards and acclaim, positioning him as one the most prestigious creators of art from the second half of the 20th Century. His works are found in the most prestigious private and public collections: MOMA, NY; Metropolitan Museum, NY; Whitney Museum, NY; Guggenheim Museum, NY; Tate Modern, London; Smithsonian Museum, D.C. Museo Nacional Palacio de Bellas Artes, Havana; MOCA, Los Angeles; PAMM, Miami and many others.