Gustavo Acosta was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1958. In 1977, he graduated from the Escuela Provincial de Artes Plásticas “San Alejandro,” in Havana, and in 1982 from the Instituto Superior de Arte, also in Havana, Cuba. In the early 1980’s, Acosta was part of Grupo 4 x 4, one of the groups with greater presence during a pivotal period for plastic arts in Cuba. Throughout the 1980’s, Acosta participated in various Salons, collective exhibitions, and Biennales, both in Cuba and abroad, where he received several awards. Acosta left Cuba for Mexico City in 1991, in 1992 he moved to Spain, and in 1994 he moved to Miami, where he now resides. In the words of Carol Damian, Acosta’s “Distillations of the city plan, increasingly abstracted over the years, present an intimate code to express memories, nostalgia, and emotions inherent in his art—isolation, yearning, estrangement, fear, hope and fantasy…These grids of modern life, laid out with the precision of an engineer, are the locations for thousands of human beings without depicting a single figure—like flying above the earth and imagining life. We know there are people down there, but we cannot see them. Finding the grid, trying to place someone within, returning it to real life—those are the challenges and enigmas inherent in Acosta’s work.” Acosta’s works are part of numerous private and public collections, among them, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba; Centro Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba; Teatro Nacional de Cuba, Havana, Cuba; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Panama City, Panama; Diputación Provincial de Ciudad Real, Ciudad Real, Spain; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida; The Lowe Art Museum at University of Miami, Miami, Florida; Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami, Miami, Florida; Fort Lauderdale Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, New York; El Museo del Barrio, New York, New York; University of Southern California’s Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California; and The Farber Collection, USA.
Untitled. 2001. Engraving, 27/30. 19" x 24".
Untitled. 2001. Engraving, 24/30. 19 1/4" x 24".
Untitled. Not dated. Engraving, 37/55. 15" x 17".