Luis Gispert's Love Letter
Luis Gispert’s Love Letter
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On 17 November 2023, Zidoun-Bossuyt Dubai launched Love Letter, multidisciplinary Cuban-American photographer and artist Luis Gispert’s solo exhibition that displays a collection of his unconventional oil paintings. The show will be open to the public until 10 February 2024.

Although Gispert has been focusing on landscape photography for the last ten years, he says that the history of painting always poked the back of his mind. So at one point, he gave up the camera to gain something new and turned to painting. What his paintings have in common is the theme of a vehicle. Depicting a car/plane/boat interior, Gispert makes a viewer feel as if they were inside the vehicle, looking out the windows at the breathtaking landscape outside. 

Luis Gispert, Love Letter (exhibition view). Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Dubai, 2023.

“We are vehicles always moving, our surroundings changing in an internal voyage looking for meaning,” the artist explains. “The vehicles symbolise change, our perspective is always in flux.” Through his paintings, Gispert invites one into an inside space where movement and change stop for a moment. In these works, he tries to freeze the anxiety of change. The spaces the artist portrays provide a grounding that frees the spectator to meet the challenges of explorations and change so he/she can experience the world in new ways. 

Luis Gispert, In Dreams Begin Responsibilities, 2023. Oil on linen.
58 3/5 × 58 3/5 in | 148.78 × 148.78 cm

About the artist

Luis Gispert (b. 1972, Jersey City, NJ, USA) resides in Brooklyn (New York, USA). In 1996, he received a BFA in Film from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (IL, USA); in 2001, he graduated from Yale University (New Haven, CT, USA) with an MFA in Sculpture.

Apart from painting, the artist’s practice deploys sculpture, photography, installation, sound, and video. In his art, he delves into various themes including those related to American culture and Cuban-American history. Gispert explores the relationship between contemporary culture and tradition; he creates curious scenarios that collide these two seemingly different worlds. The artist draws inspiration from cinema, urban and pop culture, hip-hop, car culture, and his Cuban heritage.

Luis Gispert, The Spell, 2023. Oil on Linen. 76 × 54 3/10 in | 193 × 138 cm

Gispert has displayed his artworks in many solo exhibitions, which include Landline (Makasiini Contemporary, Turku, Finland, 2017); Between Us and The World (Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg, Luxembourg, 2016); Aqua Regia (OHWOW Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2015); Reckon Without (Mallorca Landings, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 2014); Antena (Mendes Wood Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil, 2013); Smother (Museum of Contemporary Art at Goldman Warehouse, North Miami, FL, USA, 2009); and others. The artist has also participated in such group shows as Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of the Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art from the Collection of Dr. Robert B. Feldman (Menello Museum of American Art, Orlando, FL, USA, 2018); Alchemy: Transformations in Gold (Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA; Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH, USA, 2017); Biennial Internationale Design (Musée d’Art et d’Industrie de Saint-Etienne, France, 2016); and many others.

Gispert’s art pieces can be found in such esteemed collections as Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, USA); Haifa Museum of Art (Israel); Perez Art Museum (Miami, FL); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA); and others.

To learn more about Love Letter, please visit the show’s official web page.

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