This acrylic on paper composition is titled "Arboleda (Grove)" and is by universally acclaimed artist Hilario "Picasso" Pedregal. This piece is a break from his usually stylized figurative compositions into the world of stylized landscape painting. Pedregal portrays a grove of trees from the roots up.
Pedregal is known for his precise color combinations and smooth paint application. His use of bright and lively colors reflect his life in the tropics. Hilario carefully layers his acrylic paints so that there is solid color without brushstrokes. This is done to mimic the luminosity of oil paint.
This piece is signed by the artist and dated for 1982. On verso is a certificate of authenticity from Pedregal. The paper measures 10" X 13" and the framed dimensions are 21"h x 25.5"w.
Hilario "Picasso" Pedregal is a Cuban American artist who came to the United States when he was 15 as part of the Mariel exodus. He has been drawing since he was a young child and since 1980 has been in exhibitions worldwide, some of which include:
2006 - 2010: Salem Gallery, Paris
2007: Solo Exhibition at Studio 235 Gallery in Lima, Peru
2006: Collective Exposition at Caldas University in Manizales, Columbia
2005: Arteamericas in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida
2000: Noche Cubana (Cuban Night) at the Doral Hotel in Miami, Florida
1999: Collective Collection at the Modern Art Museum in Bogota, Columbia
1998: Solo Show at the Colombian Consulate in Paris, France
1996: "Cuban Art" at the Centre Culturel PTT Collection in Orleans, France
1991: "In the Color of Art" at Burdine's in Miami Beach, Florida
1990: "Mariel, Ten Years After" at the Museo Cubano de Arte y Cultura in Miami, Florida
1988: "2nd Annual Art Action and Exhibition" at the Miami Mental Health Center in Miami, Florida
1986: "1st Annual Art Action and Exhibition" at the Miami Mental Health Center in Miami, Florida
1985: "Collective Exposition at Camara of Commerce" in Armenia, Columbia
1983: "Salon Regional de Artistas" in Pereira, Columbia
1982: "Tribute to Miro" American Cancer Society at the Omni Hotel in Miami, Florida
1981: "Exhibition of the Cuban Fund of Cultural Goods of Cuban Painting", Panama