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Exhibit including works by Pablo Cano

posted Sep 29, 2010, 8:29 AM by David Goboff
Dear friends,
My art work will be on view in the Mosquera family art collection exhibition at the Freedom Tower , opening Oct 8.
Athena : CAVALETTI'S DREAM MOCA commission 2009
Guardian Angel: THE BEGINNING MOCA commission 2005
T Rex : THE BEGINNING MOCA commission 2005
I am very proud to be included among so many colleagues whom I respect and admire as Cuban and Cuban American artists.
My heart felt thanks to the Mosquera family , Cristina and Vivian Nosti.

Press Release:
Contact: Cristina Nosti, 786-554-1764


(MIAMI, FL) – On Friday, October 8, from 7:00 – 9:00pm, Miami Dade College will
proudly open the exhibition “Ways of Worldmaking: Notes on a Passion for
Collecting” at the Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. The opening
reception is free and open to the public and is presented in collaboration with Books &
Books. It will be on view from Wednesday, October 6 through Sunday, November 7, 2010.
Ways of Worldmaking: Notes on a Passion for Collecting explores the motivations and
responsibilities behind building a contemporary art collection through the eyes, mind and heart
of the husband-and-wife collecting team of Dr. Arturo and Liza Mosquera.

The South Florida-based couple has been collecting contemporary art for over 20 years and their
collection presently includes over a thousand works. For this exhibition, co-curators Cristina
Nosti and Vivian Nosti, (a sister team that for the purposes of their artistic collaborations are
known as DUO NOSTI) have selected over 85 original works by more than 70
contemporary Cuban and Cuban-American artists, including painting, sculpture, works
on paper, and photographs. The artists featured represent a who’s who of Cuban and Cuban-
American artists many of whom are living and working in South Florida, including Gustavo
Acosta, Mario Algaze, Luisa Basnuevo, Maria Brito, Adriano Buergo, Pablo Cano,
Consuelo Castañeda, Arturo Cuenca, Liliam Cuenca, Ana Albertina Delgado,
Christian Durán, Silvia Lizama, Rubén Torres Llorca, Rogelio López Marín (Gory),
Beatriz Monteavaro, Heriberto Mora, Gean Moreno, Glexis Novoa, Jorge Pantoja,
Lidia Rubio, Baruj Salinas, George Sánchez-Calderón, César Trasobares, Pedro
Vizcaino and Ramón Williams, among others. The work of artists from the early exile group
(several now deceased) who in some cases have been erased from the history of art in Cuba, such
as Eduardo Michaelsen, Agustín Fernandez, Rafael Soriano, Guido Llinás, and
Jorge Camacho, is also highlighted.
The exhibit tells the story of the Mosqueras’ passion for collecting through a narrative of quotes
and observations about the history and development of their 20-year collection. It highlights
their personal adventures in art collecting and tackles such themes as collecting as a way of
life, relationships with living artists, how collectors create meaning through their
collections, and what they envision as the legacy of their activities.
Arturo Mosquera was born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba in 1953. His adventures in art collecting
started almost by accident when a colleague of his suggested dentists could be more involved in
the arts as patrons and put him in touch with a magazine whose editor happened to be his
childhood friend, the poet and art critic Ricardo Pau-Llosa. The two had studied together at
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, and it was Pau-Llosa who in 1989 suggested that he and Liza
start collecting. Pau-Llosa helped to educate both Dr. Mosquera and his wife Liza on the books
and articles they should read, the conferences they should attend and began to take them to
artist’s studios and recommend which artists work they should acquire. The Mosqueras’ choices
were always based on the art they both felt strongly about, and ultimately it was the artists
themselves and their friendships with them that led to an even deeper appreciation and 
understanding of the art of collecting.

Ways of Worldmaking recognizes the Mosqueras’ significant contribution to the South Florida 
art scene through their programming of exhibitions for emerging and established artists. In 
2000, the couple began showing artwork from their collection at Dr. Mosquera’s orthodontic 
office in the Westchester neighborhood of Miami-Dade County. They established a quarterly 
program of exhibits, “Art @ Work”, in the lobby of the office and created a print newsletter 
that served as a mini-catalog of each show. The word began to spread about these exhibits and 
artists clamored for a space on the exhibition schedule. The openings began to draw bigger and 
bigger crowds, including curators, collectors and art critics from all over the globe. They later 
opened Farside Gallery, a non-commercial, alternative art space, adjacent to 
Mosquera’s orthodontic practice, to showcase even more art and artists. 
Ways of Worldmaking celebrates this South Florida couple’s outside-the-box thinking and 
approach to collecting, nurturing, promoting and exhibiting contemporary art in our 

“Will this collection stand the test of time and endure into the future? And where will it be 
housed to inform and teach others? “Perhaps his hometown of Pinar del Rio, perhaps La 
Habana (as the great Guido Llinás suggested), or perhaps Miami, as many of the artists in his 
collection suggest,” explains co-curator Vivian Nosti. “In the end, it will be a legacy worthy of 
study and admiration to see what the Mosqueras have done for artists, art history, and 
ultimately future generations.”

A series of panel discussions with the collector and many of the artists featured in the exhibition 
who live and work in South Florida, will take place during the exhibition period. For more 
information about guided tours and other activities, please contact the MDC Art Gallery System 
at 305-237-7700 or

About the Collectors:

Arturo F. Mosquera, D.M.D., M.S., runs one of Miami’s most celebrated practices in
orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. At the age of nine he and his family fled the
communist take over in his native Cuba. Growing up in exile, Dr. Mosquera would eventually
channel his passion for his native country, and his love of art, into the creation of a major art
collection. Dr. Mosquera and his wife Liza Mosquera, have turned his office into one of
Miami’s hot new alternative spaces for exhibitions, installations and performances. A graduate
of the prestigious Schools of Dentistry and Orthodontics at the Universities of Florida and
Tennessee, and a recipient of many awards and distinctions in his profession and specialty, Dr.
Mosquera has been involved in many humanitarian and philanthropic causes. His wife, Liza is
a native of El Salvador and has been the office manager of her husband’s orthodontic practice
for over 25 years. She is a devoted mother who loves cooking, reading and hiking. The couple
currently live in Coral Gables, Florida with their three children.

About the Curators:

Cristina Nosti has over 25 years of experience in South Florida as an arts administrator,
grant writer, publicist, and coordinator of cultural events and programs. A graduate of the
University of Miami’s School of Communication, she is currently the Director of Events &
Marketing at Books & Books, an independently-owned bookstore that is nationally-recognized
for its author event series. Before joining Books & Books, Cristina was the development
manager at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami where she wrote grant
proposals in support of exhibitions, educational initiatives and community programs. Prior to
that, she served as the general manager of the Cultural Affairs Department at Miami-Dade
College, Wolfson Campus, under the direction of Olga Garay. From 1990-94, she served as
Executive Director of the Cuban Museum of Arts & Culture, a non-profit organization that
made headlines during the 80s and 90s for exhibiting the work of artists still living and
working in Cuba. She has also worked in the television industry and at Columbia Pictures
Studios in Los Angeles, California. Her parents are Cuban and she grew up in Coral Gables,
Florida. A practicing Buddhist, she now lives near the ocean in Key Biscayne, Florida.

Vivian Nosti began her career in the arts in her early twenties in the theater as a costume and
production designer. She attended Parsons School of Art and the Corcoran College of Art and
Design. Since then, she has worked for numerous theater companies, including the Acme Acting
Company and Taller del Garabato, as the resident Designer. She has collaborated with actors,
directors and writers on numerous projects, including the groundbreaking and critically-
acclaimed play A Scarlet Letter -- a curated art show and play that had its run at the Cuban
Museum of Arts & Culture. She has worked in the fields of fashion and television and has been
involved in film as a Production Designer. She is currently working as a freelance curator and art

consultant and writes about art and culture for print and on-line magazines. She lives in Key
Biscayne, Florida where she is working on a memoir of her life.