Raymond Saá

 

Raymond Saá creates patterns inspired by the tropical foliage of the Caribbean, re-contextualizing them into new spatial environments.  A son of Cuban exiles, Saá draws from the experience of displacement and the struggle for identity.  Combining sewing skills acquired from his mother with an eye for weaves, lacing and fabric patterns, Saá assembles pieces of stock paper or wood together, creating clusters of floral patterns.  They energetically gather in one area, intentionally leaving a blank constructed space in the rest of the work.  These drawings and paintings are not so much a faithful representation of nature, rather a metaphor for cultural relocation and diaspora.  His palette can be reduced to monochromatic tones to highly colorful variations reminiscent of the tropics, carrying a constructed architectural dimensionality that is truly original. Saá grew up in Miami and earned his MFA from the Parson’s School of Design in New York City and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States.  He has been the recipient of various awards and residencies, including the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Pollock Krasner Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.