From Santiago to Paris: José García Cordero's Tales of the Caribbean

Posted on January 28, 2017 by Erick Rios

Perro Rojo; Red Dog

José García Cordero is a Paris-based Dominican artist who creates dark, dream-like paintings that explore themes like greed in society. His pieces exude lushness and explore relevant themes including homesickness and greed. A few months ago he had his first solo show in the United States titled, "Tales of Caribbean Nights" at the Lyle O' Reitzel Gallery. We built custom hardwood stretchers and stretched canvas for the entire show which featured 13 pieces, many of them unpublished. 

The Jose Garcia Cordero canvas "Perro Rojo" stretched over a custom hardwood stretcher at Frames and Stretchers in the Lower East Side

Perro Rojo, the Cordero canvas we built a custom stretcher for and stretched.

 Frames and Stretcher with newly built custom hardwood stretcher and Jose Garcia Cordero canvas. 

Yvette with "El Orgullo", another Cordero piece we stretched.


Often, Cordero draws inspiration from Dominican folklore for his pieces. In an interview with Artnet News, he calls the folklore "simultaneously miserable and beautiful." Additionally, he cites European and Caribbean cultures as influencers in his work as well as the carnival.  Cordero has received many awards for his unique art and has shown his work all over the world. The French Senate granted him a Merit Award for his contribution to Latin American culture and he also received a "Gold Medal" in the two editions of the Caribbean Biennale Museum of Modern Art Santo Domingo. His work has been in museums including the Smithsonian and Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), as well as being shown in multiple international art fairs Context Miami, Art Basel, ArteBa and Scope.

A collage of "Tales of the Caribbean" the Jose Garcia Cordero show that Frames and Stretchers built custom stretchers for.

"Tales of Caribbean Nights" in its entirety. 


International Influences

José García Cordero is a thoughtful artist who draws upon his experiences in Paris and the Dominican Republic to create surreal masterpieces. To learn more about him and see more of his work, check out his profile page on Lyle O'Reitzel Gallery website. For a more in-depth look into his career, check out his Wall Street International interview where he talks about his first return to the Dominican Republic in 40 years.

 Jose Garcia Cordero and Frames and Stretcher co-founder Miguel Trelles holding up a finished piece.

Miguel and Jose Garia Cordero holding up a painting.

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