Cuban Painter Agustin Bejarano Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Child While in Miami for ArteAmericas
In some of his canvases, Bejarano's little man walked on the edge of a knife or appeared on the verge of falling into an abyss. His paintings seemed a meditation on alienation or self-annihilation. Bejarano may now find himself mired in one of the dark landscapes he has become known for.
This past Monday, Bejarano, a successful and well-known Cuban artist who was in town for ArteAmericas, was arrested by Hialeah cops for allegedly molesting a five year-old Hialeah boy. This after ArteAmericas also saw vandalism and artist brawls.
|Courtesy of Pan American Projects|
|From Bejarano's "Rites of Silence" series|
"I have not spoken to him yet but am shocked," said Janda Wetherington of Pan American Art Projects, Bejarano's dealer. "I've known him ten years and he has a wife and two kids. He has never given us any indication that he would commit such an act," Wetherington said.
Maria Napoles, executive director of ArteAmericas, said Bejarano's arrest has surprised Miami's art community.
"I don't understand why someone who is so well known would engage in this type of aberration. Our society does not condone crimes against children or the elderly. It's hard fore someone to occult this behavior in their souls. We all have a blend of white and black in our hearts but something must have triggered this gray area inside him. He had to be crazy to do it," Napoles said. "He is a visitor here now he can't go back home where he is an art star. One would never know Bejarano could be capable of such things by looking at his art."