Jorge Alberto Cadi "El Buzo" Cuban, b. 1963
The practice of Jorge Alberto Hernández Cadi of scavenging in the garbage has resulted in him being popularly known as "the diver".
He utilizes recycled materials such as brass and wood boxes on whose exterior and interior sides he adds black and white photographs. To do this he trims and draws with a blue pen content of a sexual and diabolical nature.
Endearing scenes become grotesque images in which the portrayed – even children – lose their faces or are characterized by devilish traits like long ears, horns, or claws. Far from dealing with themes like the loss of identity, or extinctions, the faces ripped out of these characters appear in macabre ways on other parts of the composition.
They also form part of his usual iconography, the explicit representation of male and female sexual attributes. The final touch is added to all this with the production of some absolutely irreverent images.
Hernandez Cadi is a native of Havana; he has had a diagnosis of schizophrenia for more than two decades. Years ago he tried to kill himself, and since then has practiced meditative gymnastics and martial arts (Karate, Judo, Wing Tsun). He works with collage, drawings and clay.
Courtesy of Naemi.
I Thought I Was AsleepNaemi Org 14 Nov 2020 - 16 Jan 2021Our catalog of works includes important names of Cuban Outsider Art masters, internationally recognized, such as Jorge Alberto Cadi “El Buzo” and Misleidys Castillo, and other talented creators, like Yaniel Agrafojo, Gary Brewer, Isaac Crespo, Peyi, Damián Valdes Dilla, and Robert Wright.