Somos Historia

Oct. 30, 2021

Oct. 30, 2021 Aug. 30, 2022

“Five hundred years ago the wind changed everything. The fire of ambition devoured Quetzalcoatl and his children mercilessly. The cold metal blinded the innocent blood. Taking lives in exchange for gold was the only feasible plan. But they discovered that Quetzals do not live in cages and cannot die because they are dreams that fly. Now our history lives in the color of our skin, the shape of our bodies, our language. Our culture resists time. Our culture is the resistance of eurocentric values.”

My mural is a historical portrait. The satirical style in my work reinforces the theatrics of life and how the most valuable things are relative- like the lives exchanged for gold 500 years ago.”

“500 años atrás el viento lo cambió todo. El fuego de la ambición devoró Quetzalcoatl y a sus hijos sin piedad. El frío metal cegó la sangre inocente. Oro por vida fue el único plan. Pero descubrieron que los Quetzales no viven en jaulas y no mueren porque son sueños que vuelan. Ahora la historia vive en el color de nuestra piel, en la forma de nuestros cuerpos, nuestro lenguaje. La cultura resiste el tiempo. La cultura es la resistencia de valores eurocéntricos.

Mi mural es un retrato histórico. El estilo satírico en mi trabajo refuerza la sensación de la vida como teatro y de cómo las cosas más valiosas pueden ser relativas- como el oro por la vida hace ya 500 años.”

Artist Statement

With a deliberate creative process, Luis Abreux aims to evoke emotion with his work. Abreux believes that visuals influence and allow the viewer to travel and find new creative dialogue that ultimately lead to creating new solutions. The human, the immigrant, the memory, the interactions of constant escape and the experiences of interminable travel leading the way, the canvas or the paper. His work absorbs and melts the before and now, the fantasy and the reality pictured in a surrealist diary that births real experiences and the absurdities of an experiment. Drawings, collages, mixed techniques, and all other mediums are used to support Abruex’ diverse formats. For Abreux, the idea is the most important.

About the Artist

Luis Abreux was born in 1971. He earned his Master’s degree in Fine Art, specializing in Painting, in 1995 from the San Alejandro Art Academy in Havana, Cuba and attended the Taller de Técnicas Subliminales en el Arte y la Publicidad. Abreux has resided in Austin, TX since 2005.


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