Baruch Salinas ( Havana , 1938 ) Cuban painter , sculptor , engraver and ceramist of Jewish origin, was born in Havana, Cuba in 1938. Salinas’s career began in the field of architecture. He graduated from Ohio University with an architect degree and immigrated from Cuba to Miami, Fla. Permanently in 1959. Salinas settled in Miami and later moved to Barcelona, where he studied with artists Joan Miró and Antoni Tàpies. Baruj Salinas, a Jewish Cuban artist, was born in Havana, Cuba in 1935. His ancestors came from a small town in the north of Spain, which was known for its salt mines (Minas de Sal). Following the Jews expulsion from Spain in 1492, many Jewish families went to Turkey. Baruj Salinas’s family settled in Silibria, Turkey, a small town west of Istanbul. His family lived in Turkey until the 1920’s when, as a result of the Greco-Turkish Wars, many Jewish families decided to move to the Americas, settling in Cuba
Although architecture informed its early works, it gradually moved towards a purely abstract expression. His work resembles pictures of space, where color is more important than form and it becomes a main theme. There are traces, too, of Jewish traditions, but being born in Cuba has made its impact. For him, Cuba is the tropics and sugar cane, so is the sun and the light. He will never stop being Cuban. Salina’s paintings can be seen in important collections around the world, such as the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona, the National Museum of Catalunya , Barcelona, the National Institute of Fine Arts , Mexico City, the Uri Museum Beit, Israel, the Fort Lauderdale Museum of the Arts, Florida, the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona.
Height: 20 in. (50.8 cm)
Width: 23 in. (58.42 cm)