"In my photography, skin represents human beings. Our flesh has been used in different ways, as grist for the mill, to barricade, and in lust. So, I have decided to make use of my own skin. I have polished it, washed it, and pressed it and, at the end, I have reproduced it to decorate rooms and galleries. It has become a trophy like deer antlers or rhinoceros horns. It can be used as patterns for wall paper, carpets and tapestries.
My work does not permit the recognition of an individual, only parts are seen but there are no fingerprints. These images do not culminate in a personal description. In one way or another we are all raw material for the same project."
RENÉ de Jesús PEÑA González
Born in 1957, in Havana, Cuba.
SELECTED SOLO SHOWS :
2008 Black Album(FOTOLOGìA 6 opening), Santa Fe Gallery. Bogotà, Colombia
Icon. Sala Alterna, Santa Fe Gallery. Bogotà, Colombia
2007 Negative relations (with Marta Marìa Pérez), Gallery Habana, Havana, Cuba
Renè Peña, Galerie 23y12. Havana, Cuba
2006 Renè Peña. Photography as a ritual. Casa Bénito Juarez. Havana, Cuba
Icon. IX Havana Biennal, Casa de Asia Gallery, Havana, Cuba
Territories and Cartographies in black and white, Renè Peña, Fran Herbello, Gallery C-5 (Santiago of Compostela). International Fair of Engraving and of Edition of Contemporary Art, Madrid, Spain
2005 Descartes. Espacio Abierto Gallery, Havana, Cuba
René Peña. Fotografías del cuerpo (Photographs of the body). Casa de Mexico Gallery. Havana, Cuba
2004 Public Duty, Contemporary Art Center Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba
Renè Peña. Photographies. Intemporel Gallery, Paris, France
SELECTED COLLECTIVE SHOWS:
2008 Sutil Violento, National Museum of Visual Arts, Montevideo, Uruguay ; Cultural Center Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Homo Nudi. Photothèque de Cuba. La Havane, Cuba
Group Therapy, Fernando Pradilla Gallery, Madrid, Spain
We are porno, sì. First International annual Pornographic art event. Galerie Espacio Aglutinador, Havana, Cuba
Arboleda, El cuerpo es cuerpos, International Contemporary Art Festival 08. Cultural Institute of León, Mexico
Art Fair Bâle-latina, (Basel, Switzerland) ; La Casona Gallery. Havana, Cuba
2007 Of one and another, Contemporary cuban Plastic. Carriòn Vival Gallery. Bogotà, Colombia
Bridge Art Fair Miami 2007, C-5 Gallery. Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Berliner Liste 2007 (Berlin, Germany). Galerie C-5. Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Cuba Avant-Garde. The Faber Collection. Samuel P. Harn Museum, University of Florida. Gainesville, USA
2006 Manuel d' Instructions, alternative Exhibition, IX Biennial of Havana, Convent of Santa Clara, Havana, Cuba
Colaterals, Havana Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
Here and Now, Intemporel Gallery. Paris, France
Transmirada, Son Espace Gallery. IV-Bienal of Photography Xavier Miserachs. Palafrugell, Spain.
2005 Regards, Pomiglian Festival,. Naples, Italy
Art Basel 2005. Diana Lowenstein Fine Art Chicago Gallery, USA
FotoSeptiembre. Annual Salon of photography. Intimidad México – Cuba. Historic Center, México D.F., Mexico
Entropicos. Festival of the Foundation Paiz. Antigua, Guatemala
National Black Fine Art Show, USA, with Intemporel gallery.
Art Off the Main, USA, with Intemporel gallery.
2004 ARCO International Fair. Joan Guaita Art. Madrid, Spain
Armory Show. Nina Menocal Gallery, New Cork, USA
2003 Art Chicago. La Casona Gallery. Chicago. USA
National Museum Of Fine Arts. Havana. Cuba
MALBA (Museum of Latinamerican Art of Buenos Aires), Buenos Aires, Argentina
Collection Nuestra América, Casa de las Américas. La Havana.
Fototeca de Cuba. Havana.
Reinhard‘s Schultz Collection. Germany
Archives for Photographs Tuscany ltaly.
Southeast Museum of Photography Daytona, USA
Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Houston, USA
Duhran Contemporary Art Gallery New Mexico, USA
Throck Morton Fine Arts. New York. USA
Provincial Collection of Hainault. Belgium.
Lehigh University Pennsylvania, USA
Private collections in Switzerland, United-States, Germany