Luis has been in Austin for 12 years, hailing from Cuba, where he received his Masters in Painting at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes “San Alejandro” (The National Academy of Fine Arts, Cuba), considered the oldest and most prestigious art school in Cuba. He received his U.S. citizenship in 2011.
Life in Cuba inspired his whimsical work, much of it based on memories and sensations. He says that “the realism of Cuba inspired surrealism to survive.”
“The setting seems festive, but there are menacing undertones, much like the homeland Abreux left behind.” – Olivia Flores Alvarez, Houston Press
The festival poster and t-shirts feature his work, “Deep Dreams.” You can purchase them at the Pecan Street Association “Merch Booth” at Sixth St. and Trinity during the festival – and Luis will be in the next booth to sign them, along with exhibiting many of his “it’s an island thing!” works.