Peina que te peina [Comb that You Comb]
73.3 cm x 102.2 cm (28 7/8 in. x 40 1/4 in.)
(Havana, 1959 - )
Latin America, Cuban
Medium and Support:
Gouache on paper
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Fran Magee Fund and partial gift from Salah D. Hassan, 2004
José Bedia adds autobiographical context into the majority of his works. He combines anthropology, theology, history, culture, and personal experience in his art. His adopted religion, Palo Monte (an Afro-Latin religion), has been a significant influence on his work. Bedia creates physical pieces that represent the intangible rituals of his religion. Male figure representing the “common man” is an often-repeated image in several of Bedia’s works. His combination of Afro-Latin traditions, popular culture, anthropology, and religion presents the viewer with powerful art that serves as the artist’s biography as well as physical representation of ritualistic experiences.