Jesús Gastell Soto is a mid-career artist who lives and works in Cuba. Gastell earned a BFA from Escuela Nacional de Artes (ENA 1983) and graduated from the prestigious (ISA) Instituto Superior de Artes, now the University of Arts, in Havana, 1998 with a degree in Drawing and Painting.
Instead of only establishing himself as a master of representation, Jesus Gastell uses his extraordinary abilities to reveal the hidden connections between “the real” and our cultural perception of it. His artwork operates as a continuous exercise of questioning models, assuming the nature of intellectual pleasure as an illuminating experience.
This artist who is not only content with doing the work but also shares his ideas about the artistic fact through an incisive and irreverent thought belongs to a generation that is debated in utopia. The way in which artists and lay people live this phenomenon with their advantages and traumas could be one of the implicit readings in his work.
He has exhibited widely in Cuba and internationally. His work is represented in collections in Canada, England, Holland, China, Germany, Spain, Peru, Italy, Japan, Cuba, and the USA.