Mendive was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1944. His family practiced La Regla de Ocha, or Santería. A mulatto, he cherishes his Yoruba roots from the West coast of Africa. In 1963, he graduated from the San Alejandro Academy of Plastic Arts, Havana. Mendive's work incorporates several art mediums and genres. His art consists of drawing, painting, body painting, wood carving, sculpture, and performance that integrates loosely choreographed dance with rhythmic music. At times, the availability of art materials was rather scarce due to the harsh economic climate of the island. As a result, he relied on his creativity and resourcefulness to obtain various mediums, commonly found in nature. Much of his work consists of paint and wood, which he combines with other interesting elements, such as, human hair, sand, feathers, and glass that convey a primitive quality.He not only paints with oils and pastels on canvases, but he paints on masks and posters. Mendive is also famous for his representation of saints and Lukumi gods through his use of carved, burned, and painted wood that he made during the 1960s.
Manuel Mendive | 19" x 33" | 1999 | SOLD
Manuel Mendive | 80" x 63" | Oil on Canvas | 1993 | SOLD
Manuel Mendive | 91.5" x 101.5" | Acrylic on Canvas | 2003 | SOLD
Manuel Mendive | 32.5 cm x 48 cm | Acrylic on Wood | 2013 | SOLD
Manuel Mendive | Acrylic on Canvas | 38x47 cm| 2003
Manuel Mendive | 80x60 in | Oil on canvas | 1999
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