Wifredo Arcay  

Acclaimed by Jean Arp as “the perfection of Cuba’s Cubists,” Wifredo Arcay emerged among the postwar generation of the Ecole de Paris as a painter, muralist and, perhaps most familiarly, as a printmaker. Born in Cuba and trained at Havana’s Academia de San Alejandro, Arcay arrived in Paris on a grant in 1949.  He assimilated quickly within the milieu of post cubist abstraction, studying at the Grande Chaumière, and with Edgard Pillet and Jean Dewasne at their Atelier d’Art Abstrait.  In 1951, at the invitation of André Bloc, the influential editor of the journal Art d’Aujourd’hui, Arcay set up a studio at Bloc’s villa in Meudon, mingling there amongst such luminaries of the historical avant-garde as Jean Arp, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, and Fernand Léger. He became founder and one of the most influential members of the Cuban Concrete "Group of 10" in Havana

 

He later went to exhibit at Galleries Colette Allendie and Denise Rene, as well as representing Cuba at the Sao Paulo and Paris Biennials (57-59-63). His estate is now represented by The Mayor Gallery in London.

Wifredo Arcay

Wifredo Arcay

At his estudio. Paris,1953. ® Estate Atellier Arcay

Wifredo Arcay

Wifredo Arcay

Untitled. Gouache on paper. 1953

Wifredo Arcay

Wifredo Arcay

Luza. Oil on board. 1957. Sold

Luza

Luza

Mural by Wifredo Arcay at Etienne, France. 1959 ® Atelier Arcay estate

Gallerie Denise Rene. 1963

Gallerie Denise Rene. 1963

Denise Rene, Jean Arp, Wifredo Arcay. Arcay's exhibit. Gallerie Denise Rene. Vernissage. 1963

Wifredo Arcay

Untitled. Gouache on paper. 1953