Cuban born American artist Sergio Garcia was born in Havana, Cuba in 1959.Â He immigrated to the United States with family in 1961, settling in New Jersey until 1969 when they moved to Miami, FL, where he continues to live and work.
Granted a full scholarship to study art, Sergio became disenchanted with academia and dropped out in 1979 to start Miami’s first “Punk” band, The Leopards, that endured nine years playing at the famous Agora Ballroom Club, where groups such as Iggy Pop, U2, B 52’s, Blondie, The Ramones and other legends of that era graced the stage.Â Tired of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll of those years, he turned back to his first love, art.
Essentially a self-taught artist, Sergio embraced painting as a means of expression, exploring his personal identity, both past and present within the context of the ever present human condition and the socio-political environment.
He states “that his art comes to life neither to be self-satisfactory, nor to play a role in the arts, He simply plunges into the unknown.”
His work is in museums, galleries, corporate and private collection in the U.S. and abroad.Â He received several awards and honors and has been the subject of numerous articles and major publications.
“Sergio’s body of work has rendered him one of the most important Cuban-American artists.” Abelardo Mena, Chief Curator, National Museum, Havana, Cuba.
Selected Exhibitions & Collections include:
Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Art Shanghai, Shanghai, China
1st Triennale of Cont. Caribbean Art, Dominican Republic
Beijing Biennale, Beijing, China
Museum of Cont. Art, Geneva, Switzerland
Museum of Modern Art, Oranjestad, Aruba
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California
Appalachian Biennale, Boone, North Carolina
Museo de las Americas, Madrid, Spain
Museo Maria Zambrano, Velez-Malaga, Spain
Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Lowe Art Museum, Miami, Florida
Frost Museum, Miami, Florida
Freedom Tower Museum, Miami, Florida
Highlands Museum of the Arts, Sebring, Florida
Cuban Museum of Art and Culture, Miami, Florida
Temple University, Rome, Italy
Miami Dade College, Miami, Florida
University of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, Colorado
University of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Palacio de Bellas Artes, Dominican Republic
Appalachian University, Boone, North Carolina
St. Petersburg Center for the Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida
Manattee College, Bradenton, Florida
Palm Beach College, Palm Beach, Florida
Arts and Cultural Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida
The Ination Center for the Arts, Miami, Florida