Augusto C. Bordelois

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I have heard many times that certain people, like me, are born to be artists. They say we are gifted, talented, special and it goes on and on. Some of them can even prove scientifically that we are genetically marked to be successful. Others say that we were marked by a star at birth or that God touched us in one of his mysterious ways.

I used to believe all of it. The feeling that I was specially gifted kept me going for a long time. Reviews in the newspapers and the applause of the audience at the gallery seemed to reinforce every single “fact.” The struggle for perfection, for my own style and voice, for getting up THERE (whatever that means) were the winds in my sails. I was growing up in a fast process of trying to fulfill everyone’s expectations, while listening to my inner-self. Finally, step by step, pushing a little further every time, I got HERE (whatever that means) and I didn’t prove or accomplish anything, but I guess I grew up. One day, I realized that I was as gifted as my neighbor, the bricklayer.

My works are created in the same way he builds a wall; brick by brick. I take care of the priming of my canvas, the background layers, the texture, composition and colors, as good as, he takes care of the foundation, structure, vertical levels and cement mixture. We are awfully careful with every single detail. We are professionals. We know that success will be only achieved if we use the right materials, the right position, the right tools, experience, tricks, skills and a lot of sweat and hard work. We take care of each brick. We don’t like walls falling down.


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about the artist

Augusto C. Bordelois (Havana, Cuba, 1969) graduated from the University of Havana with a major in English Language and Literature. He has also studied sculpture, ceramics, costume design for theatre and cinema, classical drawing and painting.

His visual artwork has been awarded much recognition in Cuba as well as competitions in the United States. He has participated in more than 120 national and international group shows and 27 solo exhibitions. Some of his works are in private collections in Cuba, the United States, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Ecuador, Japan, Greece, Germany, Chile, Switzerland, England and Norway.

Augusto’s literary works have been published in magazines such as Kastello, and Hojas Literarias (Spain). He has also written and illustrated short stories for children and teacher activities’ guides. He was the founder and main teacher of “Taller de Niños” (Children’s Studio) at 23 & 12 Art Center in Havana, and also the co-founder of the multimedia marketing company “2 Pasos.” He co-founded and co-directed “Proyecto Horizontal”, a partnership of 65 Cuban artists, in which capacity he was invited to curate and present a group show at Cleveland State University 1999. Between 2002 and 2005, he was the founder and editor of The Art Fix - an electronic weekly newsletter that showcased and promoted local, national and international artists. Augusto has participated as a costume and float designer at different carnivals in Cuba and also at Parade the Circle in Cleveland, Ohio. He has assisted in landscape designs of public spaces, coordinated community art programs and created many public art pieces across Ohio.

Augusto is a teaching artist at the Center for Arts-inspired Learning (previously known as Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio), the Art House and the Ohio Arts Council. He has served as a board member at Near West Theater, and is currently a board member with the Center for Arts-inspired Learning. He is a member of CSU’s Cleveland Arts Education Consortium Diversity Committee. He has been featured as a guest lecturer at Cleveland State University and Baldwin Wallace University.

Currently, he owns and directs Augusto Fine Art Studio and Art Center in Berea, Ohio.


exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2013
  • “Based on a true story”, The Galleries at CSU, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • 2012
  • “Painted observations”, Gallery West, Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • 2011
  • “The Unexpected”, The O Gallery, Beechwood, Ohio, USA
  • “Red and the wolf. A love story”, Augusto Fine Art Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • “My house, my rules”, Augusto Fine Art Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • 2009
  • “About People I’ve Met”,1 Point 618 Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • 2006
  • “Brick by Brick”, 1 Point 618 Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • 2005
  • “Augusto Bordelois”, Howard and Hanna Real State Services, Lakewood, Ohio, USA
  • “Tierra Madura”, Gallery West, Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • 2003
  • “Recent Works”, Bruno Casiano Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • “Caribbean Dream by Lake Erie”, Alan Gallery, Berea, Ohio, USA
  • “A Room with Two Views,” Mixed Media Gallery, Douglas, Michigan, USA
  • 2001
  • “Havana via Cleveland,” Alan Gallery, Berea, Ohio, U.S.A.
  • 1999
  • “Labyrinth of Body and Desire,” Visual Arts Provincial Center, Pinar del Rio, Cuba
  • “Step by Step,” Neptune Hotel Gallery, Havana City, Cuba
  • 1998
  • “Grown up Metaphors,” 23&12 Art Center, Havana City
  • 1997
  • “Mundane Scenes,” Visual Arts and Design Provincial Center, Havana City
  • 1996
  • “Narcissus Dreams,” Domingo Ravenet Gallery, Havana City
  • “Sex, Violence and Adult Language,” Gramma Poligraphic Complex, Havana City
  • 1995
  • “The Ones who Fall from Heaven,” Kahlo Gallery, Havana City
  • “Shouted Secrets,” Juan David Gallery, Havana City
  • “As a Breath of Life,” Reformed Presbyterian Church of Luyano, Havana City
  • 1994
  • “Beneath My Colors,” Servando Cabrera Gallery, Havana City
  • “Tones and Values,” Amelia Pelaez Gallery, Havana City
  • “The Time of Missed Fears,” 7th Art Gallery, Havana City
  • 1993
  • “With the Poor People of the World Nobody Wants to Share Their Luck,” 23 & 12 Art Center, Havana City
  • 1992
  • “Social Dirt,” Plaza Community House, Havana City

Group Exhibitions

  • 2014
  • “Latin Art” Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • “Rochester Fine Art Show”, Artisan Direct, Rochester, New York
  • “The NewNow 2014”, Tri C East Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
  • “Hispanic Heritage, Hispanic Art” Beck Center for the Arts, Cleveland, Ohio
  • “Group show”, Artisan Direct, Rochester, New York
  • “5th May Show”, Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, Ohio
  • 2013
  • “Feliz Navidad”, Bruno Casiano Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
  • “The Daily Burden”, Guest Lecturer at Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, Ohio
  • “Los Hispanos”, Bruno Casiano Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
  • “Hispanic Heritage, Hispanic Art” Beck Center for the Arts, Cleveland, Ohio
  • “Our kids on Lee” Heights Arts, Clevelnad Heights, Ohio
  • “Shedding Light” Suite 200 Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
  • “Retr-O-Spective” The O Gallery, Beechwood, Ohio
  • 2012
  • “Latin Art” Lorain Art Council, Lorain, Ohio
  • “Group Show” The O Gallery, Beechwood, Ohio
  • “Hispanic Heritage, Hispanic Art” Beck Center for the Arts, Cleveland, Ohio
  • “Cuba on Paper” Augusto Fine Art Gallery in collaboration with Latin Art Space, Cleveland Ohio
  • 2011
  • “2.iBiennial of Contemporary Art”, Artoteque.com
  • “Cleveland Creates”, Cleveland Artists Foundation, Lakewood, Ohio
  • “The Power of Imagination” Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • “New Works”, Augusto Fine Art Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2010
  • “Noho Gallery 6th Annual Auction”, Noho Gallery, New York, New york
  • “Skulls and Revolution” Wall Eye Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Chalk Mural (Cleveland Museum of Art featured artist), Tremont Art Fest 2010, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Corporate showing, Highline United, New York, New York
  • “Twelve”, Noho Gallery, New York, New York
  • Chalk Mural (Allen Memorial Museum featured artist), Oberlin Chalk Walk, Oberlin, Ohio
  • “Sin Titulo” Wall Eye Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
  • “Berea Art Walk”, Berea, Ohio
  • “A New May Show”, Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, Ohio
  • 2009
  • “Noho Gallery 5th Annual Auction”, Noho Gallery, New York, New York
  • “La Cosecha del Barrio”, West 78th Street Studios, Cleveland, Ohio
  • “Images 2009”, Robeson Gallery, The Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania
  • “Art Premier 09”, The Wellington School, Columbus, Ohio
  • 2008
  • “Group Show”, 1 Point 618 Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2006
  • Chalk Mural (Allen Memorial Museum featured artist), Oberlin Chalk Walk, Oberlin, Ohio
  • “Group Show”, Galeria de Arte Gaudi, Madrid, Spain
  • Chalk Mural (Cleveland Museum of Art featured artist), Tremont Art Fest, Cleveland, Ohio
  • “Holland Art Fair”, The Hague, Holland
  • Chalk mural commission, CASE Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2005
  • “CAFE”, Edinburgh Fine Art Fair, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • “Group Show”, Galeria de Arte Gaudi, Madrid, Spain
  • “Arte Latino”, Arte Fino Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Featured Artist at The Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival, Cleveland, Ohio
  • “Traditional and Contemporary Latin American Art”, 2nd April Galerie, Canton , Ohio
  • 2004
  • “La Mirada”, Thrive-An Artspace gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Featured Artist at The Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival, Cleveland, Ohio
  • “Soul of The Americas, Mural Project”, CSU Art Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
  • “Emerging Visions”, Cultural Arts Center, Columbus, Ohio
  • “Plastica Latinoamericana”, Fine Arts Association, Willoughby, Ohio
  • “Contemporary Figurative Painting”, Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, Maryland
  • 2003
  • Featured Artist at The Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival, Cleveland, Ohio
  • “De Aqui y De Alla- From Here and There”, Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, Maryland
  • “Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition”, Cox Fine Arts Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
  • “Collective Show”, Alan Gallery, Berea, Ohio
  • “Group Show”, Mixed Media Gallery, Douglas, Michigan
  • 2002
  • “The Love that Could Have Been There”, Parade the Circle, Cleveland, Ohio
  • “Soul Food”, Mixed Media Gallery, Douglas, Michigan
  • “Collective Show”, Mixed Media Gallery, Douglas, Michigan
  • “Haitian and Cuban Art”, Galeria Quetzal, Cleveland, Ohio
  • “Diverse Visions,” Gallery East, Cuyahoga Community College, Highlands Hills, Ohio
  • 2001
  • “Small is Beautiful,” Alan Gallery, Berea, Ohio
  • “48 Hours of Making Art,” B.K. Smith Gallery, Lake Erie College, Ohio
  • “Milenio Latino,” O.L.A.A., Art Gallery, Cleveland State University, Ohio
  • 2000
  • “City Works,” The National Arts Program, Kelly Randall Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
  • “Agnon Show,” Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • “Group Show,” Alan Gallery, Berea, Ohio
  • “77th Annual Spring Show,” Erie Art Museum, Erie, Pennsylvania
  • “April Art Walk,” Firenze Gallery, Little Italy, Cleveland, Ohio
  • “Collective Show,” Art at the Power House, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1999
  • “December Art Walk,” Firenze Gallery, Little Italy, Cleveland, Ohio
  • “Small is Beautiful,” Alan Gallery, Berea, Ohio
  • “Proyecto Horizontal,” Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture, University of

awards

  • 2014
  • 2nd Runner Up, The NewNow 2014, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • 2003
  • Best of Show, 2003 Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
  • Ohio Arts Council Special Award, 2003 Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. Ohio, USA
  • 2000
  • Honorable Mention, The National Arts Program, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
  • 1999
  • San Alejandro Academy Painting Award, Havana, Cuba.
  • Servando Cabrera Moreno Special Mention, Havana, Cuba.
  • 1996
  • First Mention, 4th National Juan David Salon, Havana, Cuba.
  • 1995
  • Servando Cabrera Painting Award, Havana, Cuba.
  • 1994
  • First Mention, 2nd National Juan David Salon, Havana, Cuba.
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