Hello! I am Fermin Fleites.

I'm a visual artist.

About me

As a visual artist, I understand that the complexities of human nature are essential in the symbolic representations that define my productions.

My artwork transcends the physical structure of reality to document imaginary events, using different media - painting, sculpture, bronze sculpture, drawing, video installation, - and unusual materials such as gunpowder, soil, carmine and organic materials of different origins. The visual resulting of this process is a graphic documentation of my interaction with different societies.
The leitmotif in my works is the exploration of the defining roles of cultural diversity and individualism that make us human. In 1999 I traveled to the
Peruvian Amazon, jungle in order to complete a master degree in Cultural Anthropology and Media. My travels and studies provided me the opportunity to test my thesis about the social function of art in societies different than ours. This investigation focused on those resistance and folklorization mechanisms that indigenous groups utilize in response to external incursions and influences.

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What’s in a name? that which we call a rose… By any other name would smeel as sweet… William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet.

Cosmic Rose is a view of our place in the universe, a place conditioned by our own notion of time, certainly a relative notion in contemporary physics , but even so determined a general view of our species. The video takes the rose as a latent symbol for the great religions known to man to denote symbolic associations linked to our existence and which resist a certain simplification by time. Cosmic Rose is a timeless mystique of the universe to which we belong looking through one of its most simple objects - THE ROSE -

If something reinforces the many merits of filing Fermin Fleites in Barranco Praxis Art Gallery, is the ability to bring together seemingly unconnected visual proposals, in an "orderly chaos" that make us jump from classic images (Greek and German Renaissance) to the more immediate proposals as installation or conceptual art without forgetting the scholarly gaze directed to popular images products, and in this case, related to the ritual, the magical belief or symbolic association that mother nature, time and behavior develops.

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The Science of Santeria: Do a Little Happy Trance [Discovery NEWS].

All this scientific discussion is fine with the Santería practitioners because not everybody should fall into a trance, noted Cuban anthropologist and television producer Fermin Fleites.
"Those who don't are sometimes chosen as babalawos ," he said, explaining that these spiritual leaders help to interpret what a trance-induced person won't remember saying.