Jorge Mayet Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Jorge Mayet
Entre Dos Aguas


Electrical wire, paper, acrylics, fabric.

33 x 100 x 20 cm

As a Cuban exile living in Mallorca, Jorge Mayet’s photographic memory has allowed him to conceive startlingly realistic landscapes and natural forms based on visions of his distant home country. Lifelike trees stand in for the artist’s feelings of nostalgia and yearning for his geographic and spiritual homeland. Nourished by memories and experiences, his work seeks to retain the essence of the Cuban landscape in its romantic and mystical guises. In Mayet’s allegorical language, nature and artifice are combined in an enigmatic atmosphere, his ephemeral sculptures having grown out of a unique sense of civilisation’s folkloric cultures. Compelled by the socio-political raptures that disrupt the relations between populations and their habitual environments, the artist creates rootless tree forms that never seem to touch the ground as if in constant transition.

Jorge Mayet
De Mis Vivos y Mis Muertos


Electrical wire, paper, acrylics, fabric

143 x 84 x 84 cm

Mayet’s practice revolves around small-scale sculptural installation, and miniaturised replicas of imaginary trees, plants and other natural objects. The artist’s vision of the trees is such that their roots remain intact (De Mis Vivos Y Mis, 2008), as is the residual clump of earth into which they are planted (Cuando Más Pienso En Ti, 2008). Made with electrical wire, paper, acrylic paint and fabric, which are combined to create realistic qualities, the objects display a three dimensional realism. While the wires and papier-mâché suggest craft culture, they are in fact rooted in the artist’s interest in ancient language of pre-Colombian history. Mayet maintains that there is life in trees which gives life to people, and the strength and symbolic resilience of the perennial plants can inform mankind’s universal worth.

Jorge Mayet
Cuando M√°s Pienso En Ti


Electrical wire, paper, acrylics, fabric

37 x 22 x 20 cm

Mayet’s sculptures confess to an existential orientation towards the making of other worlds. They refer to a wholeness that has been somehow lost, due to what the artist perceives to be the decay of history in today’s ruinous society. Mayet takes the tree as a symbolic icon capable of withstanding these disastrous conditions, creating objects that exist in the image of them. Cuba’s trees being associated with a symbolic mysticism, which comes from links with the Yorubic religion brought over by African slaves. Mayet’s sculptures refer to the ritual in in which people prayed before the trees, burying various offerings in and around their roots. Animal sacrifices, which formed part of the ancestral ritual, are evident in Mayet’s application of bird feathers used by the artist to form a dialogue between trees the deep roots of their historical and religious symbolism.

© Osei Bonsu, 2014

Jorge Mayet's Biography

Jorge Mayet
Born in 1962, in La Habana, Cuba
Lives and works in Palma de Mallorca, Spain


Arquitectura para las almas . Museu de Art modern i contemporani Es Baluard .Palma de Mallorca

About Painting. Sakshi Gallery . Taipei

Deseo. Art Project ,Art Basel Miami.Miami Beach
Autopsia para un Paisaje.MAM Mario Mauroner Galerie . Salzburg.

Natural Games. Galería Horrach Moyà. Palma de Mallorca.

Pide un deseo. Galería Lluçià Homs. Barcelona.

One way: desde la distancia. Galería Horrach Moyà. Palma de Mallorca.

Relatividad. Galería Horrach Moyà. Palma de Mallorca

Desde la otra orilla. Galería Horrach Moyà. Palma de Mallorca.

Mediterráneo. Galería Horrach Moyà. Palma de Mallorca.

La mirada de un cubano. Galería Horrach Moyà. Palma de Mallorca.

Oro verde. Galería Teodoro Ramos Blanco. La Habana.
Galería Teodoro Ramos Blanco. La Habana.
Cuatro en Premier. Galería Teodoro Ramos Blanco. La Habana

Salón Cubano La Maison. La Habana.


Maison Particulière Centre D’Art . Origin (S ) . Brussells .

MC Gallery. Seoul.
Scratch. Sakshi Gallery at the
Lalit Kalla kademie .Nueva Delhi
Triumph Gallery. Moscow
Sobrevolando tu cabeza. Solo project.Art Moscow
Background VI . Galeria Horrach Moya. Palma de Mallorca
Sakshi Gallery. Taipei
Dead or Alive: Nature revisited. MAD Museum ,
Museum of Arts and Design . New York .

Art Nova.Galeria Horrach Moya.Art Basel Miami .Miami Beach.
Paisajes cruzados. Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani.Palma de Mallorca.
Fondation Francés . Senlis ( France )
Urbanea. Sala de Cultura ‚ÄúSa Nostra‚ÄĚ. Ma√≥
Materia negra. MAM Mario Mauroner Contemporary
Art Galerie. Salzburgo.
Urbanea noves expressions artístiques . Fundació Es Convent.
Inca. Mallorca .
Materia Negra. MAM Mario Mauroner Contemporary
Art Galerie. Viena
Galeria Alonso Garcés. Bogotá.
Galerie Conrads. Berlin.
Urbanea noves expressions artístiques.
Fundaci√≥ ‚ÄúLa Caixa‚ÄĚ. Ibiza
Urbanea noves expressions artístiques.
Fundació " la Caixa ". Inca

New video creations. New York.

Background IV. Galería Horrach Moyà. Palma de Mallorca.

Galería Llucià Homs. Barcelona..
Si pudiera alar. Playa de Holbox. Holbox.

Background II. Galería Horrach Moyà. Palma de Mallorca
Video Arte in Venice. Isla de San Sérvolo, Venice

Background I. Galería Horrach Moyà.Palma de Mallorca
El paisaje: lo dado y lo interminable. Galería Horrach Moyà. Palma de Mallorca

Video-creaciones. Muestra 03. Mexico D.F.
Desde aquí los siento. Playa de Holbox. Holbox.

Galería Horrach Moyà, Palma de Mallorca.
Galería Horrach Moyà. Palma de Mallorca.

Landscapes. Galería Horrach Moyà. Palma de Mallorca.

Art on the beach. Galería Horrach Moyà. Palma de Mallorca.
Barriendo un sue√Īo. Punta Molas del Norte. Isla de Cozumel.

Algunos llegar√°n. Byscaine Key. Miami.

Domingo Padrón Gallery. Miami.

5ª Bienal de La Habana. Salón de profesores, Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro.
La Habana.
Alfredo Martínez Gallery. Miami.