Fleisher/Ollman Gallery


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

Group Shows

  • Enigma Rapt in Mysteries: American Art Without Epoch, Cavin-Morris, New York, NY 
  • Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Felipe Jesus Consalvos, Paul Lee, Adams and Ollman, Portland, OR 
  • Caribbean: Crossroads of the World, El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY 
  • 60/60, Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia, PA 
  • Remix: Selections by the International Collage Center, Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • Remix: Selections by the International Collage Center, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME
  • Remix: Selections by the International Collage Center, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
  • The Medicine Bag, Maccarone 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 compilation, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY 
  • Messages and Magic: 100 Years of Collage and Assemblage in American Art, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
  • Collage, Russell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, IL 
  • Parallel Visions II, Galerie St. Etienne, New York, NY
  • Rock Paper Scissors: American Collage Now, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • The American Antiques Show, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, New York, NY
  • Art 36 Basel, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
  • scope~Miami, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery
  • Words in Pictures, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY
  • The American Antiques Show,  Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, New York, NY
  • scope~Miami, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery
  • Fabulous Histories: Indigenous Anomalies in American Art, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • The American Antiques Show, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, New York, NY
  • scope~London,  Fleisher/Ollman Gallery