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Drawings by Sergio Moreno Carmenate of Elizabeth on Exhibit at Pearl Street Gallery

Drawings by Sergio Moreno Carmenate of Elizabeth on Exhibit at Pearl Street Gallery

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of drawings by Sergio Moreno Carmenate of Elizabeth in the gallery space at the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, located at 633 Pearl Street in Elizabeth. A selection of his drawings entitled “Ascendency of the Mark” is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery until June 5. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

“We are pleased to have these Caribbean inspirations on display,” said Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada. “I hope this new work by a popular artist will attract a wider audience to the fine programs available through the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.”

Born in Havana, Cuba, Sergio Moreno Carmenate is a graduate of San Alejandro School of the Arts with post-graduate studies in art history at the University of Havana and scene design at the National School of the Arts in Cuba. He exhibited at the National Museum of Havana as a young artist and won many awards for his drawings.

In 1986, he started presenting performances at his exhibits including: “The Secret of Plants” in conjunction with the Pantomime Group of Cuba and the singer Mayra Valdes; and “Scenes for a Ballet” with ballerinas from the National Ballet of Cuba. His series “Savage Fonetics” was exhibited in 1994 at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana and it traveled to the Casa Udon Perez Museum of Maracaibo, Venezuela. Following the example of other Cuban artists, Moreno Carmenate left Cuba, moving to Venezuela and from there to Elizabeth in 2006.

The fundamentals of Sergio Moreno Carmenate’s work are juxtapositions of reality and dreams, the concrete and the transcendental, the individual and the universal. The artist looks inward, to his interior worlds, sometimes hospitable, but also populated by ghosts and nightmares; his paintings and drawings are the result of his introspection, a search for questions more than answers. His drawings and paintings are in private collections around the world. Last year he exhibited his paintings at the Elizabeth Public Library.

“His palette is not one of clichés that reflect the tropics – instead we encounter deep reds and vibrant greens framed by varieties of gray, brown and black,” said Alejandro Anreus, Ph.D., Professor of Art History and Latin American Studies at William Paterson University. “At first sight, his work opens a window where the viewer may encounter a garden of earthly delights, and then the vision is transformed: fragments of darkness inhabit this paradise.”

Union County artists (whose works can be hung on a wall) interested in exhibiting in the gallery space are welcome to apply. For more information about the Pearl Street Gallery or other programs please contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl St., Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Telephone (908) 558-2550.
NJ Relay users can dial 711. E-mail to: culturalinfo@ucnj.org.