Osvaldo Yero
Vancouver, Canada

Photo: Henri Robideau
Artist Portrait of Rebecca Belmore & Osvaldo Yero - photo by Henri Robideau
Osvaldo Yero was born in Cuba in 1969 and immigrated to Canada in 1997. He currently lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia. Working mainly in sculpture and installation, Yero has consistently been concerned with themes that relate to his experience as part of the growing diaspora of Cuba. Politically and socially charged, Yero’s work contends with issues of national identity and plays with the boundaries of kitsch and high art, frequently comprising small-scale ceramic objects that reference pop art and the tourist souvenir. Metaphors of death and water are prevalent throughout Yero’s practice. Through large-scale installations, he has explored the effect of the multiple on the bodily experience of the viewer. Most recently he has investigated the effects of light on the eye through his sculptural light installation Passage, which will be presented at Access Gallery as part of the public art project Bright Light, commissioned by the City of Vancouver. Solo exhibitions of Yero’s work include: Loop galeria 23 y 12, Havana, Cuba (2008); Hereafter, Xeno Gallery, Dadabase, Vancouver, BC (2003); Landmark, Belkin Satellite Vancouver, BC (2002); Transplant, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, BC (2002). Recent group exhibitions include: F.A.R.Xchange 1: The Desert Between Us, Future Arts Research, Arizona State University, Phoenix AZ (2008); Nuit Blanche Toronto ON (2006); Contemporary Art From Cuba: Irony and Survival on the Utopian Island, a traveling exhibition organized by Arizona State Art Museum, and circulated by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York (2001).
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