Born Havana, Cuba
Currently lives and works in Gent, Belgium
Ricardo Rodriguez Brey was born in Havana, Cuba. He attended the National School of Art, and the San Alejandro Academy, both in Havana. Throughout his career his work has been part of important exhibitions such as XIX Biennale De Sao Paulo, Brazil; DOCUMENTA IX, Kassel, Germany;and the Venice Biennale. His pieces are part of prestigious private collections worldwide; and also can be found as part of the collections of museums and institutions such as SMAK, Museum of Contemporary Art, Gent, Belgium; Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany; Watary-UM, Museum of Cantemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Habana, Cuba
Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany; and Museum of Art, Hainaut, Belgium, just to name a few.
Brey was part of the groundbreaking group Volumen I, which in the early eighties revolutionized the arts in Cuba. His work tends to be conceptual, and in the early days he explored the many aspects of identity in a society like the Cuban. He was interested in his Afro Cuban roots from a spiritual point of view, and many of his early works reflect this quest. He also studied the life and work of Alexander Von Humboldt, particularly his stay in Cuba. As a result, he produced his version of the Humboldt lost diary through The Structure of Myths, in which he recreated the lost document. Later on, he would be preoccupied with the representation of philosophical questions of universal character, pondering about the place of man in the world through events of global reach such as war. This concern was reflected in his work, particularly through installations. Among his latest work are a series of collages which somehow pick on the thread of Humboldt pieces, once more bringing together nature and man.