This was published by the Artisan Odyssey, an article written by me.
A year ago, exactly, I had a heart attack, and was having a second one right at the doctor's office. As I was leaving the hospital a few blocks away, Cuban artist 'Carlos Sutil' died tragically in a car accident.
When I learned the news of Carlo's passing a couple of days later, I was really speechless, and totally shocked. Carlos had gone to Pearls to buy the materials for a commission piece he was doing for an interior decorator.
All sorts of thoughts come to one's mind when things like this happen. There are no answers, just a bucket full of what if's?
Carlos Sutil was a very talented artist. He had been working with me at the gallery for only a few months, however his work had been selling well, and we were planning a solo exhibit for 2008. From sculptures using wood, foam, and various mediums, to paintings in mixed media, that today I can detect certain messages I never did then. A very promising artist for sure.
I remember when I was having my heart attack, I kept telling my cousin, " Someone is going to die, and it is not me." I remember when I learned of Carlo's death that this crept up to me and it made me feel even worse. God knows I am not psychic, nor can't predict anything, specially something of this nature. Yet, this was a very big blow for me... and left me thinking.
Carlos' family and I decided to do his solo exhibit exactly a year later... and here we are. They brought me the pieces for me to choose, and we had decided on this one piece, " Diosa Negra " or " Black Goddess " in English, for the invitation' however I just could not get to work and decide on a name for the exhibit, and get the ball rolling.
One Saturday morning, I came to the gallery and sat before the computer and opened the emails to look at the pictures his family had sent me. I found one where he is standing before a smaller version of the work he left unfinished. I knew I had found the answers to at least a few of those questions.
I named the exhibit, "Encargo a Medias", or "Unfinished Business", because this extremely profitable commission brought the end to this incredible man. Was it God's will? Was it fate? Who knows? All I know is that Carlos is around, however you want to call it, but he is around... I can sense him. I can feel him letting me know that I made the right decision with his work, with his show. And, this time, it will be completed, and successfully!