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This photo shows us so many of the good things in this world: friendship and male bonding; seizing opportunities to have fun and just enjoy life; exercise and healthy bodies, and beauty. Bravo.
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DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THESE PICTURES? Please, share this post with your Gay Friends and Gay-Friendly Friends who may have seen these pictures in the mid-80s. I am hoping for comments/memories.
The artist’s name is Jaime Bellechasse (Cuba 1946? - USA 1983?). He was a Cuban immigrant to the USA. He was kicked out by Castro for being a dissident. His means of transportation to the USA was via The Mariel Boatlift in 1979. This was after spending time in a Cuban Concentration Camp as part of Castro’s “Moral Purges.” There is some question about the actual date of his death but reliable sources give it as 1983 from AIDS complications. After graduating from the National Academy of San Alejandro, Bellechasse exhibited in Cuba, Mexico and Spain and his illustrations appeared in Revolución, Bohemia and Noticias de Arte, among other publications. He was one of the artists represented in 10 OUT OF CUBA at INTAR Latin American Gallery/NYC in 1982. He was twice awarded CINTAS Fellowships for Art, 1981-82, 1983-84. His works are archived at a major Miami University and in several private collections. He was a major figure in the Cuban/Miami Arts movement in the 1980s as both a painter and author. His work is mentioned in several academic texts of Gay and Erotic Art, including “Images of Ambiente: Homotextuality and Latin American Art, 1810-today” by Rudi Bleys and The Queer Encyclopedia of Visual Arts by Claude J. Summers. He, along with his artwork, appeared in MAUVAISE CONDUITE/IMPROPER CONDUCT (1984), a documentary on life in the Cuban detention camps.
As an Artist, he was known for creating idealized images of nudes. These figures suggested his belief that the positive side of living in the United States outweighed the negative effects of racism. He was the mentor of several Latino artists. His work is considered a seminal influence (Post 1980) in the fields of Gay and Latino Erotic Art. A series of Bellechasse greeting cards, with his angel images, were all the rage in Greenwich Village in the mid 1980s. I have found these pictures posted on the internet ALL OVER THE WORLD. An artist may die but his art lives on.
Do YOU remember his work? Did you know him? PLEASE, share your comments. Feel free to use the ASK button.