Throughout his canvases, Kcho has established a veritable lexicon of ‘island life,’ elaborated around the importance of the ocean to his native island of Isla de la Juventud in Cuba. Boats and water are recurrent themes. Here, in a perverse turn, a means of rescue—an inner tube with oars—has sprouted spikes. The title references alligators, further alluding to the dangerous element of a seemingly familiar object.

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Accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity
Private collection, Havana, Cuba
Acquired from above by present owner

No apparent condition issues.
Frame: 61 x 94 x 1 in (154.94 x 238.76x 2.54 cm)

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About Kcho

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Alexis Leiva Machado (“Kcho”) (Cuban, b.1970) is a sculptor, painter and mixed-media artist whose practice blends traditional Cuban references with those pertinent to contemporary society. Kcho represented Cuba at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011, and his work is featured in major public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Museum Ludwig in Kohn, Germany, and the Reina Sofia in Madrid.

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Caimana, 2002
Lot Number 7
Mixed media on canvas
Work: 60 x 80 in (152.4 x 203.2 cm)
Frame: 61 x 94 x 1 in (154.94 x 238.76 x 2.54 cm)
Signed and dated on lower left, recto

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  • Dimensions
    60 x 80 in (152.4 x 203.2 cm)