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Carlos Perez Vidal, Past and Present

Two years after arriving in Vero, this Cuban-American artist still evokes the moody mysticism of his native island.

Carlos Pérez Vidal today. The artist has made Vero Beach his home base for the past two years.

Carlos Pérez Vidal today. The artist has made Vero Beach his home base for the past two years.

Cuban artist Carlos Pérez Vidal is a recent arrival in Vero Beach. He has been here two years – that is, when he isn’t living in Barcelona or Miami, two other cities he favors. Born in Las Tunas, Cuba, he began his art education there, with his parent’s blessing, at the age of 6. His art training continued through grammar and secondary school.

As a young man he was accepted for study at the National School of Art in Havana; after completing his course work, he moved on to Havana’s Superior Institute of Art, a graduate school for dance, music, visual art and design. The academic training Carlos received was grounded in technique and art history. “Although it’s in the Caribbean, Cuba looks European,” he says, pointing out that the island has long looked to the Old World, in particular to Spain, Italy and France, in the areas of philosophy and the arts.

Read the entire article in the January 2010 issue