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Alvaro Labañino (b. Miami, Florida, 1989) is a Miami-based visual Cuban artist. He graduated from South Miami Senior High Magnet School of the Arts for Fine Arts in 2008, before attending Miami-Dade College; thereafter completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Florida International University in 2012. One of the significant points of his oeuvre is that, he creates paintings that function as thresholds to his mind, through his artwork he exposes a world of thoughts, life experiences, dreams, nightmares, and fears, which he often materializes in the form of personal objects, domestic spaces, and landscapes. His works focus on his immediate and private retreats, as well as his purposeful travels outside of the United States. Labañino saturates the commonplace with significance and emotion, often portraying the whereabouts of his native Little Havana or the interior of his studio- apartment. The spaces are devoid of the human figure and describe the solitude that he habitually seeks, and which life sometimes imposes without invitation. His artworks are demonstrative of these reticent feelings. His paintings are methodically structured, despite that they may be sometimes somewhat enigmatic in their breakdown. Often, images are segmented into flat areas of colors and contours that interact in varying intensities and temperatures that communicate the artist’s intended temperament.

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