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Institute of Contemporary Art Miami

Wet Paintings: Tomás Esson in Miami

Grace Almanza, Senior Gallery Associate at ICA Miami, explores Cuban artist Tomás Esson’s pivotal move to Miami, where he developed a technique known as “wet paintings.”

Tomás Esson (b. 1963, Havana, Cuba) graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, in 1987. His work was showcased in a number of controversial exhibitions in the late 1980s, as he became a central figure in the decade’s renaissance in Cuban art and began to exhibit internationally. In 1990, he left Cuba and has since then lived in Miami and New York City. His work is in the collections of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany; and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Monterrey, Mexico.