Flora Fong

Flora Fong, Expressions of Lyrical Sensations…

Last modified: January 13, 2023

In her pictorial work, she tries to discover the secret of nature. Flora -honoring her name- grows, she multiplies in flowers, trees or woods, and she moves at the rhythm of the wind. Because the air, which becomes hurricane, cyclone, typhoon or simply breeze, can be seen walking through the gesture of lines, shades and colors. Or it rocks, with extraordinary mastery, the water of the sea, the rivers or lakes that water the fertile surfaces… Those are the landscapes in which she adds the essence with Oriental calligraphy (here Fong is added), but touched with Caribbean feelings in brilliant tones where the light looks at the creativity of her almost real dreams.

To copy nature does not make sense to Flora Fong (Camaguey, 1949); that’s why she tries to find the immaterial expression by simple means, only using the indispensable, which sometimes may seem to be a sketch. It is very similar to the work of some painters from the Orient that she receives from her ancestors. But she is from the Caribbean, she lives, creates and is inspired here. The tropical tones, this way of feeling the images and using the language of the matters acquire a special connotation in her work.

Within the Cuban painting, the creations of the artist occupy a symbolic space. In her work appears, in a harmonious way, as a color feast and agile strokes, three elements of life, nature and the culture of the country: the landscape with its atmospheric violence, the domestic life of the people with their quiet and insignificant poetry, and the Chinese ethnic component, which is integrated undoubtedly to the fabric of the nation.

The creator, who with great expertise has made incursions into painting, drawing, ceramics, stained-glass window, cloth design, sculpture, and the creation of kites with the Oriental techniques, is one of the most recognized artists in the Cuban plastic sphere. Because of her artistic richness, Flora Fong’s works accept diverse value criteria, and they can be seen as results of the enjoyment of the job that convert into emotions her strokes and colors, true registers where it is revealed the Chinese descendant and the weight of the  sensorial acting in her painting. All those creative dimensions are part of a language that began with dark shades and made its way, more and more, toward amazing lights and a solar power, in which colors explode in the morphology of the hurricane sky, the fruit and the flower. Seen from a metaphoric perspective, Flora Fong -graduated from the Provincial School of Plastic Arts, Camaguey, and, later on from the National School of Arts (ENA), 1970- turns into her own creative modality: the Asian calligraphic stroke that reveals the weight of her ancestors, the tessitura in each line, where appears this combination of personality between the fragile and the dominant that characterized her, and her evident choice of her sensorial and habitual values from the  surrounding stage of our existence,  that permits her to show us a different vision of the motifs that have been treated by many artists of the national plastic arts from the 20th century and the beginnings of the 21st.

Toni Piñera
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Journalist for more than 30 years at the Granma newspaper, art and dance critic, professor at the National Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro, curator of Cuban art exhibitions (former director of the La Acacia gallery, Havana), poet.

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