Reynier Leyva NOVO

  • Born 1983 in Havana, Cuba
  • Based in Havana, Cuba

Reynier Leyva Novo carefully examines official documents to create photographs, videos, and installations about a people and history that have started to be forgotten in Cuba, a country in the process of change. In his minimalist piece El peso de la muerte (The Weight of Death), Novo melted down bullets and converted them into a series of weights, conceptually questioning the weight of life. He deconstructed myth and history with his piece A Happy Day FC, in which he erased the figures of leaders such as Mao Zedong and Fidel Castro from archive photographs, evoking our imagination in relation to these past events. Novo’s work looks critically at ideology and power, elegantly confronting us with past violence and history.

Selected Works

Going Away Closer: Japan-Cuba Contemporary Art Exhibition, Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan
Going Away Closer: Japan-Cuba Contemporary Art Exhibition, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba
57th Venice Biennale, Cuba Pavillion, Venice, Italy
12th Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba
11th Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba
Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK
  • A Happy Day FC No. 11, from the series “A Happy Day”, 2016 (in process)