Abelardo Morelli

Cuba Photography

Cuban artist Abelardo Morell is known for his life size photographs projected onto the walls of rooms all over the world using the most unique technique: a century old photography principal called camera obscura. He blacks out the windows of the rooms in order to achieve total darkness. Then, he cuts a small hole in the material he uses to cover the windows, allowing an inverted image of the view outside to flood onto the walls of the room. Finally, he takes a photograph of the image on the wall with a large-format camera and exposing the film as long as 10 hours.

Abelardo Morell was born in Havana, Cuba in 1948. He immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1962. His work has been collected and shown in many galleries, institutions and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York, The Chicago Art Institute, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Houston Museum of Art, The Boston Museum of Fine Art, The Victoria & Albert Museum and over seventy other museums in the United States and abroad. A retrospective of his work organized jointly by the Art Institute of Chicago, The Getty in Los Angeles and The High Museum in Atlanta closed in May 2014 after a year of travel.  This past October, Abelardo had his first show at the Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York featuring a selection of new pictures.  Abelardo currently has a show at the Bowdoin College Art Museum titled “The Mind of Winter” and will be on exhibition until September 27, 2015.