CARAS: Humanidad
Pablo Friedmann

March 12 ~ April 23, 2011



Where is the Beauty?
2010 Acrylic on canvas, 20 by 28 inches


Among the many challenges for the artist throughout history has been the portrayal of humanity, particularly in the faces of mankind. While human life is a multi-dimensional experience, two recurring themes have been displayed in this effort, namely the diversity in terms of culture and appearance, and the range of conditions in which men and women have lived out their lives. These two elements can be understood as combining to produce the faces of humanity, whether manifested as pain and suffering or joy and happiness. It is the challenge of the artist to bring these experiences and conditions of existence to life, a message to others that we are all intimately connected and share more than we may oftentimes believe. Through the eyes and art of Pablo Friedmann, this exhibit presents one such perspective through the men and women whose images are portrayed.

~ Nadesha Mijoba

Pablo Friedmann is a Mexican artist who has worked in a variety of media including painting, drawing and printmaking. Friedmann won a British Council Scholarship in 1987 and received his Master of Arts at The Royal College of Art in London. During this time he also won the prestigious first place award in "The Young Contemporaries" show at the Withworth Art Gallery in Manchester, England, where art world notables such as Ronald Kitaj and David Hockney have also exhibited. His work has been shown in London, Paris, New Haven, San Diego, Boston and in his native Mexico. From 1994-2004 Friedmann worked in San Diego, California at a high security prison as an Institutional Artist Facilitator. Most recently he moved to the Boston area where he teaches art to autistic and mentally handicapped students. He is also an instructor at Boston University, Newbury College and Bunker Hill Community College.  

Pablo Friedmann
Cara 9
2010 Acrylic on canvas, 11 by 14 inches
  Present & Past
2010Acrylic on canvas, 42"x 50" & 3 �"x 5"

"The human face has been changing throughout history," says Friedmann. "Today, I see sadness, confusion, pain, psychological depression, anger, and pure frustration in people's facial features. We only need to watch television, read a newspaper or listen to the radio to perceive our human condition, which I am incorporating into my artwork."


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