Johnny Somoza


Born in Havana, Cuba, in 1973 and lives and works in Havana. Rather than an artist, Johnny Somoza is a humorist with a vocation for painting: it wasn’t just by chance that he took part in the 11th Bienal Internacional de Humorismo in Cuba, with his satirical self-representation. The same comic vein runs through his pastel and sanguine sketches on card that ironically reinterpret contemporary motifs or themes from the history of art (El Simulador is none other than a modern parody of the famous work by Jacques Louis David in which Somoza, instead of Marat, is draped supine in a sports shoe). The self-portrait of the artist becomes the mechanism used to depict the tics and manias of contemporary man through the caricatural representation of himself: in Que manera de basarte llorona he sets out a series of sixteen portraits of his own face, one after the other, with his lips puckered up in a kiss or; or in Perfil Contemporaneo and Tragando Narices he is wearing and swallowing a strange fake pointed nose that recalls the nose of the famous puppet Pinocchio.




  • Criaturas Insulares -JS1
    Criaturas Insulares -JS1

    16" x 12" - each art work
    Mixed on canvas (charcoal & acrylic)
    Set of two

    Price on Request
  • Disfraz para la danza del emigrante -JS2
    Disfraz para la danza del emigrante -JS2

    16" x 12" - each art work
    Mixed on canvas (charcoal & acrylic)
    Set of two

    Price on Request
  • La danza del equilibrio -JS3
    La danza del equilibrio -JS3

    35" x 24"
    Pastel on cardboard

    Price on Request
  • Su vuelo siempre sera humeno -JS4
    Su vuelo siempre sera humeno -JS4

    24" x 16"
    Mixed on canvas (charcoal & acrylic)

    Price on Request