Ale Montañez © 2016 Expressionist painter of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, Planet Earth.

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Havana 11

Havana 11

Measurements: 100 x 160 cm.

Technique: acrylic on canvas and mix.

The title comes from the idea of painting 11 cities from the American continent that convey many emotions to me.

It is a city seen from on high, but it also a door that even if it is closed,  becomes transparent.

Behind it there is a lot of colour and joy which to me represents the people of Havana. I have the feeling that there are always eyes looking at you when you walk through Havana and wanted to leave that feeling here.

I put a mother in law tongue's or cat's tail plant in it, which are very usual to see here there, behind the doors, as it protects from gossip.

I added my collection of miniature taxis and double-decker bus because I wanted to reflect the change that I had noticed in the city in a few years. Foreign taxis are the hinges of the door and the handle is a Cuban Taxi from the 50s.

Gradually I stop seeing that Havana set in time to become an open city and giving way to the influences that come from outside.

It has some rings that I was given on the terrace of the Hotel Telégrafo and with them I wanted to leave my passion for the city in the painting.

A watch of Che Guevara. In Cuba the sense of time passing is different to how I feel it in other places I have visited.

A golden key that symbolises the city.

Amsterdam in love

Amsterdam in love

Medidas: 220 x 160 cm.

Técnica: Acrylic

Measurements: 220 x 160 cm.

Technique: Acrylic on canvas. Shoes, clock, tulips and an armchair.

I started this work the last night I spent in my house in Amsterdam. I felt I was ending a stage and I wanted to put in it all the sensations that I had experienced in the city that inspires me so much.

I put the fabric on the floor and started putting on the paint. Then I added the shoes with which I had walked through the streets, my coat, the clock that used to wake me up, the chair from where I painted "The Mermaid from Masca," "Autumn flowers in Amsterdam", "Metamorphosis" and "From the darkness ". It also has the brush with which I painted it, a small bicycle and the cup from which I drank coffee or tea to warm me up.

Tulips emerge from the shoes, with which I wanted to represent that I was from there, that a part of me would stay forever in the city and that Amsterdam would always be in my heart.

The next day I rolled the work into a box and took it to the post office from where I sent it to Tenerife. It took just over a week to get there and during those days I remember being worried about whether they would loose it, but in the end I received it with great joy. 

Once in my studio I fixed it onto wood to give it consistency and stick the objects I put onto it properly.

As I write these word the memory comes back to me of that cold December night, the smell of paint, the crackling fire, the removal boxes around the room ...

Zeni thanks for being there while I painted it. Your energy has also remained in it.

Eyes that comes, eyes that remain, eyes which go in an hourglass

Eyes that comes, eyes that remain, eyes which go in an hourglass

Measurement: 106 x 80 cm.

Technique: acrylic on canvas

This work came from the feelings I had on my first trip to Cuba. The people who see it for the first time, those who are there and can not leave, and those who left it behind.


The idea came from watching people transit in the José Martí airport in Havana.