On the Frontier: the art of Jose Bedia

On the Frontier: the art of Jose Bedia location:

El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe
555 Camino de la Familia
Santa Fe, NM 87501

On the Frontier: the art of Jose Bedia times & ticket prices:

Admission is free with the purchase of tickets to
The Objects of Art Santa Fe or
The Antique American Indian Art Show Santa Fe

On the Frontier: the art of Jose Bedia 2016
exhibit dates:

August 11-14 & 16-19


On the Frontier: the art of Jose Bedia

Presented and curated by Jose Bedia Jr. and James Trotta-Bono, this exhibition is Sponsored by Objects of Art Shows. Internationally acclaimed Cuban American artist, Jose Bedia, brings an important exhibition to Santa Fe, New Mexico. On the Frontier will highlight the artist's lifelong passion for indigenous people and the west. The spiritual beliefs and animistic iconography of these cultures are ingrained in Jose Bedia's unique painting style. Bedia has created new works for this exhibition. The exhibition will also be paired with a number of earlier works contextualizing the artist's career. The paintings will be juxtaposed with a select number of rare and important historic artworks from the west. On the Frontier will explore Jose Bedia's deep exploration of and admiration for this region by engaging the dialogue between old and new – a process that is both ingrained and inseparable for the artist.

Jose Bedia (Cuban, b. 1959) is not merely a master painter, he is a multi-disciplined student of the arts. He studied at the Escuela de Artes Plasticas San Alejandro in 1976, and at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba, in 1981. Bedia became the artist-in-residence at the State University of New York in Old Westbury in 1985. Furthermore, Jose has trained himself through experiencing and studying tribal art and cultures both in the field and academically. From the age of 18, Bedia has immersed himself with cross-cultural customs and imagery that possess wondrous symbolic meaning. Whether he is living with the Sioux in North Dakota or witnessing the Holy Week Ceremonies of the Cora Indians in the Sierra Madre mountains, Bedia takes copious notes and sketches to supplement his memories. He also has a vast collection of tribal art and an impressive library. Upon his return to the studio, these become his tools for inspiration.

Jose Bedia won the 2010 Beijing Biennale with his celebrated work, "seguido por la tormenta intrepido". His paintings are in many important private collections as well as the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Phoenix Art Museum, the PAMM, and many more. The artist currently lives and works in Miami, FL.


JTBnow encompasses the diverse aspirations of James Trotta-Bono. Having spent his life engaged in the arts, James has narrowed his vision to Modern, Contemporary and Tribal Art. Through an interactive balance of Advisement, Representation and Curation, JTBnow organizes dynamic exhibitions often overlapping cross-cultural themes and genres.


Jose Bedia Jr.

Born into the ether of an artist such as his father, Jose Bedia Jr. has developed a discerning eye for artistic excellence. Formally trained and practiced as a filmmaker, Bedia Jr. has shifted his visionary focus to the management and representation of his fathers' career as well as other contemporary artists of note.

Press Contact:
James Trotta-Bono