[image-1]Charleston’s lost another visual artist to the big city, but for once that city isn’t New York — it’s Miami. The Cuban artist Reynier Llanes, who made his home here for four years while working closely with local superstar Jonathan Green, has relocated way down south in order to take advantage of the city’s strong international art market and be closer to his home country. And it’s an added bonus that the city’s cultural community is so vast. “It is fascinating to see how theaters, museums, art centers, intellectuals, artists, and patrons of art gather together to keep the spirit of the culture and the dynamic contemporary movements alive,” he says.

Llanes is known for his unique technique of painting with coffee, although he uses the more traditional medium of oils as well. Much of his work is allegorical and often references the history, mythology, and political upheaval that he grew up with in Cuba.

Llanes is also an esteemed collector of contemporary art by Cuban artists, focusing on artists who come from his own home region of Pinar del Rio.

He’ll still visit South Carolina regularly to continue assisting Green with various exhibition and cultural projects, as well as to exhibit his own work. His next exhibition in the area is at the Franklin G. Bourges Art Museum of Myrtle Beach, and is titled Voices of an Island: The Cuban Art Collection of Reynier Llanes. The exhibit opens Jan. 15, 2015.

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