Engaging Art From Cuba
Bryant Toth is a very well-traveled young artist and now art publicist. He was exposed to different cultures at a young age and tries to allow his memories from childhood and subsequent extensive travels to transform and influence him today. Bryant is trailblazing a new approach in the art gallery industry. He is working to stay ahead of an ever-changing world and to shine light on the talents of artists around the globe trapped in the shadows of isolation. He wants to showcase their unique works in new ways.
Bryant is a son of a surgeon and his parents didn’t believe in frivolous beach vacations. He recalls even at the age of three that his family had amazing adventures that allowed him to see other cultures from the inside. His father went to perform surgery in many places throughout Southeast Asia – often repairing birth defects and treating burn victims. His dad took his family where he went and when he wasn’t working, they would all try the local cuisine, observe the art and experience the culture in ways that you can’t do through books.
In 2009, Bryant first ventured to Cuba. Leaving his guidebook behind he wanted to be exposed to its culture organically like he had with his family; not like the traditional tourist. “I fell in the love with the culture, the people, the energy and the creative talent that was thriving in this young, developing country.” He didn’t initially plan to be an art dealer, but after experiencing Cuba’s incredible talents, he felt that they had something the rest of the world needed to see. Bryant has since lost count of his trips to Cuba but he has “a desire and eagerness to go back… frequently.” It’s a special place where he learns something new and learns more about himself each time he goes.
Hector Frank was the first artist Bryant met in Cuba. Bryant was drawn to Frank’s creative process and style. He produces completely unique portraits. “Each face and expression is vastly different than the next. His portrait work is not of a specific individual. It is – how [Hector Frank] describes it – people’s strong inner emotions coming to the exterior, on their face. They’re not intended to be inherently happy or sad. It’s really just the process of form and texture and people’s emotions coming out on the exterior.”
Bryant is currently working closely with over forty Cuban artists. He will soon be hosting exhibits for Hector Frank’s work in LA and Miami. He has a unique gallery model that he hopes to use with other artists as he grows his business. Bryant chooses to steer clear of the classic “white box” gallery approach. He searches for a place with cultural significance that screams anything but traditional. He says that at Hector Frank’s exhibit, “I want 400-600 people at the opening with amazing cocktails that represent the culture of Cuba, the flowers, the design, etc.”
He doesn’t want the traditional approach toward art openings that he sees as “an insular group of loyal collectors at off hours”. He wants exposure and experience for viewers while “building anticipation and a sense of urgency.” He wants to be the curator that brings a culture to life.
Bryant Toth has been able to understand the significance of his early life experiences. He wants to mold that into his approach to culture and art today. He advises us to be educated travelers and appreciators of art. “Open your eyes and ears and really try to embrace and get under the skin of wherever you are…get lost and find your way back. This is a principle you should take into every form of your creative approach and leading into the next chapters of your life. It is very rewarding.” He has indeed opened his eyes and ears to what the art world has to offer as he continues to work to bring Cuban culture to us along with its great new artists.
Meet Bryant and see Hector Frank’s incredible works in Culver City this September. Better yet, head down to the Scope Art Fair during Art Basel in Miami this year to shake hands with Hector himself.
Find Bryant’s next show and see Hector Frank’s incredible work at bryanttothfineart.com