Renelio Marín

Marin’s work can be found in the Rosanna and Giorgio Armani Collection, Giuliana and Fulvio Bracco collection, Rubin Foundation collection, Havana International Bank Collection, Banco Metropolitano – Havana, Cuba, Denise and Jacob Baal-Teshuva Collection, Manny Vidal Collection, Jorge Reynardus Collection, and Robert King Collection.

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.

Renelio’s work is split into two directions – one where lines and drawing is the primordial element and the other in which painting and color are used as conveyors of emotion and expression.

The first direction of work is linked to the surrealist method of automatic drawing. Back in the early 1990’s in Havana, while Renelio 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 levels of the mind. The narrative in his accumulative drawing series is based on association.

The other direction of work is painting. Painters and art movements that had a similar historical narrative to his life in Cuba during the Cold War years were his major influences. Those whose lives were entangled for many years with the politics of the Socialist/Communist countries of the Soviet bloc. Also, modern art and the impulse to better the world or at least improve life conditions. Painting for Renelio is not only a mode of expression or way to deal with personal traumas, it is also a way of becoming.