Soldevilla’s Workers on Lunar Craters

Lolò Soldevilla and the Moon

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Lolò Soldevilla was a main player in Cuba’s ‘Geometric Revolution’. A lover of Geometric composition, Lolò Soldvilla (1901–1971) studied in Paris, like many artists of her generation. The artist worked in various mediums including sculpture, bas-reliefs and paper. She often experimented with diverse sculptural mediums including plaster, stone and bronze—in addition to painting. She was founder of Cuba’s ‘Galeria de Arte Color-Luz’, a short-lived but fundamental venue for the exhibition of ‘Concrete Art’ in the late 1950s and early 1960s. A member of a ‘The Concrete Ten’ a group of experimental artists in Havana who sought to revolutionize Cuban art in their era, Soldevilla is widely recognized in Cuba for her unique, albeit small body of works. After the Cuban Revolution, the artist began to pursue additional interests including editing, teaching and toy design.

Soldevilla’s signature and description on the back of her canvas

Soldevilla’s Workers on Lunar Craters in a fine example of geometric abstractionism. Following Palazzo Vecchio’s 1967 art show ‘I cubani’, over forty Cuban artists requested the City of Florence sell their exhibited pieces and use the funds to restore flood-damaged art. Soldevilla was among them. The Cuban artists’ intentions failed to reach fulfillment. After 50 years in storage, the work underwent maintenance treatments and was exhibited at Florence’s Twentieth-century Museum, at the show ”Beyond Borders” (2016). It has since returned to storage.