The – Merger is a collaboration group formed by the Cuban artists Alain Pino, Niels Moleiro, and Mario Miguel Gonzalez (Mayito). While the first of them (Alain) went all the way through the art educational system in Cuba from the Basic Fine Arts School to the Academy of Plastic Arts at the University; the other two (Niels and Mayito) come from self-taught backgrounds. They have been involved with the art world since very young, getting to the decision of merging their work in the maturity of their solitary careers. After many on and off collaborations in different collective projects and exhibitions, these three artists realized that working together was not only much more fun, but they could also achieve much better results. The name of the group was suggested by a curator of the Metropolitan Art Museum of New York who was doing some research on Cuban art by the time the three artists were planning their future as an art group. Their debut took place during the X Havana Art Biennial in April 2009. For this first exhibit the Mergers chose an underground show using their own studio as a gallery. Hundreds of artists, critics, gallerists, and art lovers in general passed by the Merger’s head quarters during the opening day intrigued to know the result of the fusion of these three artists careers.
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