Dominican Painters in the International Art Market

If we are to use results from international auctions to judge the worthiness/success of artists, then lets analyze recent results of Dominican art at international auction. 

The results are depressing. 

Based on action results from reputable auction houses like Christie's, Sotheby's, and Bonhams, the scant sales and lack of price command leads me to believe that Dominican art is not recognized at an international level like that of Cuban art. 

Why is this?  Is it because the market for Dominican art is insular, residing principally inside the Dominican Republic.  Have people of influence and the government of the Dominican Republic failed to promote Dominican Art outside the country?  Why has Cuba been so successful at auction?  How can Dominican art ever be widely known by collectors if Dominican art, while seen at auction sparingly, does not command the same domestic price in the international market?

Take a look at a Jesus Maria Desangles that went to auction at Christie's at the Latin American Sale, 20-21 November 2012 at New York, Rockefeller Plaza.

The price estimate was $4,000-$6,000 USD, but was sold for a mere $625 USD.  This is shocking considering that Desangles usually commands a substantial price in the domestic market (i.e. Dominican Republic).

http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/paintings/jesus-maria-desangles-la-fragmentacion-itinerante-de-5617807-details.aspx (you can see the image here)
                                                    
At least Ramon Oviedo sold at a respectable price, but I beleive his work is sold for more than what was realized at auction.

Title: Prisa en Dos Direcciones
FORMAT: 30" x 39.75"


Low Est.:              $2,000  
High Est.:             $3,000  
Sales Price:    $5,938  through Heritage Auctions
10/23/2012

A painting by Candido Bido 


Title:MOTHER AND CHILD
40" x 49"
1974

Auction House: The Potomack Company
Low Est.:              $700      
High Est.:             $900      
Hammer Price: $750      
06/26/2010

Once Bido died the price of his work increased. Acution House Odalys out of Madrid, Spain had 1984 painting, 19.49" x 15.63" at auction for


Low Est.:              $16,947 (€12,000)
High Est.:             $21,184 (€15,000)
Hammer Price:     The hammer price was not recorded. 

04/28/2013


And to my horror, he was cataloged with the Venezuelans: Subasta 210Maestros Venezolanos

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