Manuel Mendive is an eminent Afro-Cuban painter, sculptor, and performance artist. His colorful, evocative paintings and carvings—as well as his dynamic performance and body art—pay tribute to the historic and religious art forms of Africa and Cuba. Altars, masks, and dance associated with Santería, Voodoo, and Yoruba religions have inspired his work, which brings a contemporary insight into the history of slavery and African mythologies as they transformed the Caribbean Islands.
In this video, take a tour of some works from the 2018 Bronx Museum exhibition Manuel Mendive: Nature, Spirit, and Body, curated by Christine Licata. You will also hear an excerpt from a praise poem written and performed by artist Orlando Ferrand.
Full video on the Bronx Museum at Home: Guided Tours.