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Estate of Felipe Jesus Consalvos

b. 1891, Cuba
Lived and worked in Miami, New York and Philadelphia

In keeping with our mission to expand the scope of critical discourse on American modernism, the Fleisher/Ollman Gallery is proud to represent exclusively the estate of Felipe Jesus Consalvos. Born outside Havana in 1891, this recently rediscovered Cuban-American artist emigrated to Miami around 1920, eventually settling in New York and finally Philadelphia, where he died sometime in the 1950’s or 1960’s. A self-appointed “artist, healer, and man” (described by Roberta Smith as a “self-starting modernist... on a par with... greats like Henry Darger, Martin Ramirez, and James Castle”), Consalvos worked for much of his life as a cigar roller, and he extrapolated the vernacular tradition of cigar band collage to a highly sophisticated, inimitable practice. His obsessive body of work—approximately 750 surviving collages on paper, found photographs, musical instruments, furniture, and other unexpected surfaces, all discovered in 1980 at a West Philadelphia garage sale—merges the biting socio-political satire and absurdist impulse of Dadaists like Kurt Schwitters and Max Ernst with the abstruse mysticism of Joseph Cornell and Jess. Consalvos likewise parallels and prefigures certain contemporaneous developments in Surrealist, Futurist, and Pop collage, design, and even poetry. By highlighting his multifaceted approach to collage as sculpture, literature, revolution, and worship, we intend to rethread a stray strand, to tie a keen eye to its more famous confederates and include a forgotten voice within the context of the development of 20th-century American art.

Solo Shows

  • Exploded WhimsFleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 
  • Felipe Jesus Consalvos Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
  • More Colossal Greatness Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • Constructing ImagesFleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Group Shows

  • Enigma Rapt in Mysteries: American Art Without EpochCavin-Morris, New York, NY 
  • Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Felipe Jesus Consalvos, Paul LeeAdams and Ollman, Portland, OR 
  • Caribbean: Crossroads of the WorldEl Museo del Barrio, New York, NY 
  • 60/60Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia, PA 
  • Remix: Selections by the International Collage CenterEwing Gallery of Art and Architecture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • Remix: Selections by the International Collage CenterBates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME
  • Remix: Selections by the International Collage CenterSamek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
  • The Medicine BagMaccarone Gallery, New York, NY
  • Off Camera Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • The Museum of Everything Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Torino, Italy
  • Four Decades Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • About Face: A compilationEdward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY 
  • Messages and Magic: 100 Years of Collage and Assemblage in American ArtJohn Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
  • CollageRussell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, IL 
  • Parallel Visions IIGalerie St. Etienne, New York, NY
  • Rock Paper Scissors: American Collage NowFleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • The American Antiques ShowFleisher/Ollman Gallery, New York, NY
  • Art 36 BaselFleisher/Ollman Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
  • scope~MiamiFleisher/Ollman Gallery
  • Words in PicturesAdam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY
  • The American Antiques Show Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, New York, NY
  • scope~MiamiFleisher/Ollman Gallery
  • Fabulous Histories: Indigenous Anomalies in American ArtCarpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • The American Antiques ShowFleisher/Ollman Gallery, New York, NY
  • scope~London Fleisher/Ollman Gallery