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Sandu Darie

1908-1991, Romania and Cuba

Cosmorama – Poema espacial no. 1 (Cosmorama – Spatial poem no. 1), 1964

Single-channel video, 35 mm film
Duration 4:54 mins
Collection of Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC), Havana

El gran viaje (The Great Journey), 1966

Single-channel video, 35 mm film
Duration 10:26 mins
Collection of Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC), Havana

Caminos del saber (Paths of Knowledge), 1966

Single-channel video, 35 mm film
Duration 14:54 mins
Collection of Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC), Havana

Interested in movement, transformation and unlimited visual possibilities, Sandu Darie created works with mobile or expandable elements that would later become pieces of his kinetic painting installations. Darie wanted to ignite“the natural perception” of possible new realities and sought to render colours and forms in a kind of cosmic space, in a continuous process of transformation using light and involving emotions. In the 1960s, he broadened his artistic experimentation and began working with moving image. His 1964 experimental video Cosmorama – Poema espacial no. 1, created together with the Cuban film director Enrique Pineda Barnet, is considered a precursor of the contemporary video art movement in Cuba.

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Sandu Darie (1908–1991) is known for his contribution to neo-concrete and kinetic art. Darie was constantly preoccupied with space, light and colour; his creativity expanded across various fields from chromatic experiments in painting and installation to public to public interventions, kinetic painting and video art. Darie spent a few years in Paris studying law and moved to Havana in 1941, taking Cuban nationality. He began as an abstract artist in the 1930s and was a member of the Latin-American geometric abstract group Madí, and later, of the group ‘Diez Pintores Concretos.’  Most of his works are in the collection of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Cuba.