José Bedia (b. 1959)
signed and dated 'Bedia 94' (lower right) titled 'NKUYO' (along left edge)
ink and acrylic on paper
17⅞ x 23⅞ in. (45.3 x 60.5 cm.)
Executed in 1994.
George Adams Gallery, New York.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
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Lot Essay

The title of Jose Bedia’s work on paper, Nkuyo, is a reference to a deity in the Santería religion that is a “spirit figure of the night” who is the deity of forest and roads, and acts as a guide and balance in the universe.  This work depicts the figure moving to a new place, and the chain that he holds in his left hand signifies his connection to what he has left behind. For Bedia, this image relates to leaving his homeland of Cuba, as he currently lives and works in Miami, Florida.

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