Born in Cuba and currently residing in Berlin, the painter Juan Miguel Pozo Cruz purses a mythological, narrative pictorial language in his work that distinctly rejects the discursive, instead seeking the symbolic significance of personal and collective memory. Lost mythologies intermingle with the legends of large cities. Alongside a tangible enthusiasm for the historical and anecdotal on Berlin’s streets and the facades of its buildings, the fragile, sun-drenched beauty of Havana also comes through in his formal compositions. On Pozo’s canvases, multiple layers of color and different painting techniques overlap with one another. Broken surfaces and deliberate gaps are reminiscent of peeling poster, creating surfaces that are both timeless and nostalgic. His strictly conceptually structured compositions combine motifs – some of the original, others he has found – with frequently recurring graphical elements.