This artwork titled "Janis Way" is an oil on canvas, by artist Enrique (Kico) Govantes, Cuban born 1957. It is signed, at the lower left corner, also signed and titled on the back by the artist. The artwork size is 24 x 18 inches. it is in very good condition.
About the artist.
Enrique (Kico) Govantes was born in Havana, Cuba in 1957 surrounded by art. His grandfather was the Minister of Public Works, his father an architect. Paul Smart wrote in his article on Govantes, “Ace of Cups,” (Ulster Publishing. April 28, 2005) that although they did not support the Batista regime, the Govantes were exiled from Castro’s Cuba with only the art they could carry in their suitcases. He has presented solo shows at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy; Nicole Fiacco/MODO Gallery in Hudson; Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard; Terrain; Carlson Gallery; Zuni and the Art in Transit Program in San Francisco. He contributed to group exhibitions in the Catskills, New York City and San Francisco. Pulse Magazine, Ulster Publishing, Register Star, Independent Bay Area Reporter and Bay Area Guardian and others have overwhelmingly reviewed his work.
The work of Kico Govantes is held in numerous major private collections in the San Francisco bay area, United States and Europe.
1979 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
1980 B.A., Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin
Selected Solo Exhibitions/Projects:
2002 Open Studio, May, Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco
2001 Open Studio, October, Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco
2001 Open Studio, May, Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco
1997 The Hours of the Day, Public Art Project: Art in Transit Program, Market Street,
San Francisco Art Commission
1993 Figurate, Terrain, San Francisco
1990 Introductions: Palmas y Colores, Carlson Gallery, San Francisco
1988 Safari in Paint, Zuni, San Francisco
1987 Adventures of Ansel and Gertrude, Zuni, San Francisco
1984 City Of Men, Zuni, San Francisco
2005 A Universe of Art, Credit Suisse, New York, NY
2004 Neighborhood, Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill, New York
2000 Victory, Queer Latina/o Artists Coalition, San Francisco
1999 What Is Art (Invitational Show), Oakland Museum, Oakland
1996 Fifty/50, Terrain, San Francisco
1995 Oscar Wilde: A Man of Great Importance, Jamie Brunson, Marita Dingus & Kico Govantes,
At Ten to Three, Terrain, San Francisco
1994 Homage to the Bard, Terrain, San Francisco
1993 Filler, Painting, Terrain, San Francisco
1992 Not a Theme: Harlequin, Terrain, San Francisco
1991 Group Show, Mission Cultural Center
1989 Artists of The Americas, Gump's Gallery, San Francisco
1981 Mainstreet Exiles, Goodman Building, San Francisco
2005 Smart, Paul. "Ace of Cups", Ulster Publishing (review) -Woodstock Times, Kingston Times, Saugerties Times, New Paltz Times, Southern Ulster Pioneer, Highland-Hudson Post 4/28/2005
2005 Chassman, Neil. "The Kico Effect", Pulse Magazine (review) April 28-May 4
1997 Conkin, Dennis. "Kico Govantes Brightens and Honors Market Street" Bay Area Reporter,
Pg. 2, January 30, 1997
1994 Friedman, Roberto. "Kico Govantes Unveils Solo Exhibit: Vivid Terrain" Bay Area Reporter,January 6, 1994
1993 Roche, Harry. "Critics Choice: Art - Enrique "Kico" Govantes" Bay Area Guardian,
December 22. Vol.28, No.12.