PBS stations in Miami to air documentary of artist Rafael Soriano

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PBS stations in Miami to air documentary of artist Rafael Soriano
Rafael Soriano. Photo: Pedro Portal.

MIAMI, FLA.- Schler Productions announced the broadcast of the documentary Into the Light / Hacia La Luz, telling the story of one of Latin America’s most important artists, Rafael Soriano (1920-2015), on WXEL next Tuesday, November 17 from 10:30pm - 11:00pm. The trailer for the documentary can be seen here.

Born in 1920 in Matanzas, Cuba, Rafael Soriano is one of the major Latin American artists of his generation. In 1962, Soriano left his homeland to begin a new life in Miami. Having been a leading artist in Cuba, his resulting loss of that professional identity left him in shock as an exile and immigrant.

His paintings proceeded along the paths of geometric abstraction in the course of the 1950’s. He was identified with Cuba’s Los Diez Pintores Concretos. By the late 1960’s, after his arrival in Miami, Soriano’s work took a radical turn, abstracting expressions related to the emotions, feelings, meditations and mystical introspections. A novel treatment of light and color, transparencies and forms placed Soriano in a new aesthetic dimension and freed him from his earlier attachments to schools and tendencies. Through a highly refined technique, he became a master of luminosity.

His work is included in numerous private and public collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC., Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado, Pérez Art Museum, Miami, Florida, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba.

“I think the experience of exile, is one in which it is experienced as a painful loss, and puts us in touch with what is even more fundamental, that exile cannot destroy and that loss cannot destroy.” - Roberto S. Goizueta / Flatley Professor Emeritus of Catholic Theology, Boston College

“Independent of their artistic expressions, the paintings radiate luminosity, compelling and fascinating in equal measure.” – Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta, Lecturer of Romance Languages & Literatures, Adjunct Curator of Rafael Soriano | The Artist as Mystic at the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College.

“His work goes through one of the most extraordinary transformations in the history of Latin American art.” - Alejandro Anreus Ph.D / Professor of Art History - William Paterson University

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