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Cuban Artist Exhibits Work Beginning January 27

Story posted January 18, 2006

"Summoning the Spirits: The Saints of Santeria in Cuban Art," an exhibition of paintings by Elio Vilva of Trinidad, Cuba, will be on view January 27 through February 28, 2006, in Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union, on the Bowdoin College campus.


An opening reception with the artist will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, January 27.

A self-taught painter and researcher on African themes, Elio Silvio Vilva Trujillo has done extensive research on the religious iconography of African origin in his native Cuba. He explores the colorful imagery and rich symbolism of these spiritual traditions, which were instrumental in slave liberation movements and have greatly influenced music, literature and other cultural manifestations throughout Latin America.

The award-winning artist's work has been shown throughout Cuba, Italy, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Belgium, and in art galleries in New York City, Los Angeles, California, and New London, Connecticut.

The exhibition is presented by the Brunswick-Trinidad Sister City Association in partnership with Bowdoin and Bates colleges. Sponsoring departments and programs at Bowdoin are Latin American Studies, Africana Studies, Romance Languages, LASO (Latin American Students Organization) and Art.

Elio Vilva's work will be incorporated into classes at both Bowdoin and Bates, as well as a teaching extension of Project Trinidad at Brunswick Junior High School.

Lancaster Lounge is open daily 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless closed for a previously scheduled event. Admission is free.

To learn more about the artist and his artwork, visit the Latin American Studies Web site.

For more information contact Susan Weems, susanweems@gwi.net, 729-7624.

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