Renelio Marin (b. 1964, Graduate degree from San Alejandro School of Fine Arts in Havana in 1993. Received an M.A. in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University in 2011. He also received a B.A. in Studio Art from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 2009.
In Renelio’s work lines and drawing are linked to the surrealist method of automatism. Back in the early 1990’s in Havana, while he was still a student at the Academy of Fine Arts, the work of psychologist Carl Jung became a major influence as to the purpose of art. Automatic drawing became the method for accessing the layers of the mind. The narrative in his accumulative drawing series is based on the juxtaposition of elements and the meaning that they create through relation and association.
Painters and art movements that had a similar historical narrative to his life in Cuba during the Cold War were his major influences. Those whose lives were entangled during decades with the politics of the Communist countries of the Soviet bloc. Also, Modern Art and the impulse of improving life conditions and the world became a lifelong inspiration and a moral guide. Painting for Renelio is not only a mode of expression or a way to deal with personal experiencias, it is also a way of life.
Marin’s work can be found in the Rubin Foundation collection, Santa Fe Museum of Fine Arts, Milan Museum of Contemporary Art. Havana International Bank Collection, Banco Metropolitano Havana, Cuba, Denise and Jacob Baal-Teshuva Collection, Manny Vidal Collection, Jorge Reynardus Collection, Rosanna and Giorgio Armani Collection, Giuliana and Fulvio Bracco collection among others.