Reynier Leyva Novo
1983, La Habana, Cuba
The work of Reynier Leyva Novo proposes a personal way of facing History. Whether from the premises of video, photography, installationism or object production, his gaze is crossed by the postmodern tendency to enhance subjectivism and alternative discursive lines, above speeches of official’s affiliation.
His first pieces, which date back to the time when he studied at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) – studies that would remain unfinished - and in the Cátedra Arte de Conducta, reflect his interest in the investigation of very relevant events for universal history as well for local historiography. Novo recovers data, inquires, goes back to the forgotten events, and dismembers the history only for rearticulating it again.
His engagement to this way of doing has allowed him developing exhibition projects of tremendous depth and investigative solidity. Among the most outstanding are El peso de la Historia, collateral to the XII Havana Biennial, and implemented in the Parque Morro-Cabaña, Siri Devi Khandavilli in the Lisa Sette Gallery of Arizona and El polvo, la sangre, el sueño común that was developed at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Visual Culture of Umeå, Sweden. His work is located in prestigious institutions such as the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, the collections of the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and Perez Art Museum (PAMM), Miami.