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Abel Barroso

Adriano Buergo

Agustín Cárdenas

Aimée García

Alexandre Arrechea

Alexis Esquivel

Ana Albertina Delgado

Ana Mendieta

Antonia Eiriz

Antonio Gattorno

Armando Mariño

Arturo Cuenca

Ángel Delgado

Belkis Ayón

Carlos Alfonzo

Carlos Cárdenas

Carlos Enríquez

Carlos Estévez

Carlos Garaicoa

Carlos Martiel

Consuelo Castañeda

Douglas Pérez

Duvier del Dago

Eduardo Hernández

Eduardo Ponjuán-René Francisco

Elsa Mora

Esterio Segura

Fernando Rodríguez

Fidelio Ponce de León

Flavio Garciandía

Glexis Novoa

Gory (Rogelio López Marín)

Gustavo Acosta

Humberto Castro

Ibrahim Miranda

Iván Cañas

Jaime Valls

José Bedia

José Franco

José Manuel Fors

Juan Pablo Ballester

Kcho (Alexis Leyva Machado)

Lázaro Saavedra

Los Carpinteros

Luis Cruz Azaceta

Luis Gómez

Manuel Mendive

Manuel Piña

María Magdalena Campos-Pons

Mariano Rodríguez

Mario Carreño

Marta María Pérez Bravo

Marucha (María Eugenia Haya)

Mayito (Mario García Joya)

Pedro Álvarez

Raúl Martínez

Ramón Alejandro

René Peña

René Portocarrero

Reynerio Tamayo

Roberto Fabelo

Rocío García

Rubén Torres Llorca

Sandra Ceballos

Sandra Ramos

Segundo Planes

Servando Cabrera Moreno

Tania Bruguera

Toirac & Marrero

Tomás Esson

Tomás Sánchez

Tonel (Antonio Eligio Fernández)

Umberto Peña

Wifredo Lam

Yoan Capote

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About Abel Barroso

b. 1971, resides in Cuba

To express the tragedy of New York, Abel Barroso felt compelled to impose upon himself a meticulous thought process and a radical change in technique. At the time of September 11, he was leading . . . 

About Adriano Buergo

b. Havana 1964, resides Miami, Florida

Adriano Buergo is among those Cuban artists ambidextrous enough to integrate his art into the dynamics and aesthetic itinerary of a collective . . .

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About Agustín Cárdenas

Matanzas, Cuba 1927–Havana, 2001

Considered the most important Cuban sculptor of the 20th century, Agustín Cárdenas studied at the San Alejandro Academy in 1943-1949, and worked in the ateliers of his instructors, Juan José Sicre and Jesús Casagrán. ...

About Aimée García

b. Matanzas, Cuba, 1972. Resides in Havana.

Aimeé García belongs to a lineage of women artists who, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, began to articulate a distinctive vision of their place in society. ...

About Alexandre Arrechea
b. 1970 Trinidad, Cuba
About Alexis Esquivel

b. 1968, resides in Cuba

In the works of Alexis Esquivel and several other artists (as well as curators and critics), attention is focused on vital conflicts that are not publicly discussed, and on questioning the cultural stereotypes about . . .

About Ana Albertina Delgado

b. 1963, resides in Miami, Florida

Ana Albertina Delgado became known in Cuba in the mid-1980s as a member of art collective Grupo Puré (together with Adriano Buergo, Ermy Taño, and Lázaro Saveedra). Later, her work grew closer to that of other female artists like . . .

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About Ana Mendieta

1948-1985, resided in the United States

Mendieta assigned a healing role, both at the personal and symbolic level, to the ephemeral interventions that she staged and photographed: silhouettes traced on the ground, ancestral marks made on sand or trees . . .

About Antonia Eiriz

Havana 1929-Miami, USA 1995

Antonia Eiriz was born in Juanelo, a humble community in the Havana municipality of San Miguel del Padrón. She graduated from . . .

About Antonio Gattorno

Havana, 1904–Massachusetts, 1980

Antonio Gattorno was one of the most gifted students at the San Alejandro School of Arts in the opening years of the 20th century. All who knew this young Cuban artist praised his accomplishments as an academic painter. ...

About Armando Mariño

b. 1968, resides in USA

Beginning with his solo exhibition, Des-colon-izando el entorno (De-colon-izing the Environment, Wifredo Lam Center, 1996), Mariño’s art has revealed a unique take on the practice of parody and . . . 

About Arturo Cuenca

b. 1955, resides in the United States

Arturo Cuenca’s Che brings a personal accent to this thematic lineage in Cuban art. Considered one of the main leaders of the “new Cuban art” of the 1980s, Cuenca moved from conceptually based hyperrealism to . . .

About Ángel Delgado

b. 1965, resides in Mexico

The date: May 4, 1990. The event: the opening of the group exhibition, El Objeto Esculturado (The Sculptured Object), at the Center for the Development of the Visual Arts in Havana. The artist Ángel Delgado slowly unfolds a copy of . . . 

About Belkis Ayón

1967-1999, resided in Cuba

While studying at the San Alejandro art school in Havana, Belkis Ayón discovered the writings of Lydia Cabrera and Enrique Sosa about the secret society of the Abakuá. . . .

About Carlos Alfonzo
b. 1950 Havana - d. 1991 Miami
About Carlos Cárdenas

b. 1962, resides in the United States

Carlos Cárdenas is one of the most active artists working within the “demythifying” or critical trend that distinguished Cuban art in the 1990s. His entry into the contemporary art spotlight came . . . 

About Carlos Enríquez
b. 1900 - 1957
About Carlos Estévez

b. 1969, resides in the United States

Initially considered a disciple of the artist Elso Padilla because of his use of natural materials and a preference for iconic representations of humanity, Estévez has developed a coherent personal mythology . . .

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About Carlos Garaicoa

b. 1967, resides in Cuba

Curator, with Esterio Segura, of the important 1993 exhibition Las metáforas del templo (Metaphors of the Temple), Carlos Garaicoa has created an exceptional body of work on the themes of architecture, ruins, and utopia. From his initial subject, the city of Havana . . .

About Carlos Martiel
b. 1989, Havana, Cuba

Artist’s statement: On my bare chest, I place all of my father’s decorations, awarded by the Cuban government.
About Consuelo Castañeda

b. 1958, resides in the United States

Described by Joseph Kosuth as a post-postmodern artist, Consuelo Castañeda undoubtedly left her mark on the Cuban art of the 1980s, the so-called “prodigious decade.” Castañeda is gifted with . . .

About Douglas Pérez

b. 1972, Cienfuegos, Cuba

Around the mid-1990s, the art catalogues of the Italian Trans-Avant-Garde—led by art critic Bonito Oliva—and German “sauvage” painting introduced new frames of reference for painters in Cuba. ...

About Duvier del Dago

b. 1976 Zulueta, Villa Clara

During his formative years at the Graduate Institute of Art (ISA), Duvier del Dago established himself as a draughtsman. His work in this medium, and in video, came to be decisive in the inception of the projects done with Omar Moreno as the artistic team Omarito & Duvier ...

About Eduardo Hernández

b. 1966, resides in Cuba

The acknowledgement and tracing of homoerotic themes in contemporary Cuban art is a relatively new process (Santana, 2000). The few investigations into this marginalized but inalienable facet of Cuban national culture have focused on literature or . . .

About Eduardo Ponjuán-René Francisco

Eduardo Ponjuán González (b. 1956, resides in Cuba)
René Francisco Rodríguez (b. 1960, resides in Cuba)

In 1988, in the relaxed setting of a bar in Havana, two students at the Superior Institute of Art in Havana (ISA) decided to form a creative duo, based on an already well-established friendship and a similarity of ideas about . . . 

About Elsa Mora

b. 1971, resides in the United States

Elsa Mora’s works have earned their own niche in the artistic production of the last decade. Like some of her female compatriots (María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Belkis Ayón, Gertrudis Rivalta, Marta María Pérez Bravo, Alicia Leal, Aymeé García), Mora does not align herself with . . .

About Esterio Segura

b. 1970, resides in Cuba

When Cuban film director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea decided to include Esterio Segura’s paintings as a plot device in his 1994 film, Strawberry and Chocolate, the young artist had already participated in . . . 

About Fernando Rodríguez

b. 1970, resides in Cuba

Rodríguez’s sculptures, drawings, canvases, and short digital films deconstruct—with a healthy serving of Cuban humor—the labels of primitivism, local color, and popular identity frequently imposed on Latin American and Cuban art. Sueño Nupcial (Nuptial Dream) depicts the wedding of Cuban leader Fidel Castro and . . .

About Fidelio Ponce de León

Camagüey, 1895–Havana, 1949

Fidelio Ponce is a unique figure in the context of modern Cuban art. At a moment when common interests among various groups gave the Cuban modernist movement a particular coherence, Ponce remained isolated ...

About Flavio Garciandía

b. 1954, resides in Mexico

Flavio Garciandía was an indispensable figure in the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA). His encyclopedic knowledge of art, his straightforward criticism of students’ work, the energy he invested in redesigning the . . . 

About Glexis Novoa

b. 1964, resides in the United States

Cuban art in the 1980s made an unprecedented contribution to the relationship between culture and society in the “popular democracies” [known in the West as Communist nations]. While the cultural bureaucracies in the U.S.S.R. had imposed. . .

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About Gory (Rogelio López Marín)

b. Havana 1953

The 1981 exhibition Volume One marked the takeoff of the “Cuban Renaissance” in visual arts (Camnitzer). Among the artists participating in that exhibition was Rogelio López Marin (Gory), one of the main practitioners of . . .

About Gustavo Acosta

b. 1958, resides in the United States

Gustavo Acosta has been identified as an artist of “individualistic” tendencies (Camnitzer, 1992, 264) by virtue of his aesthetic position, which defines painting and its conventions as basic...

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About Humberto Castro

b. 1957, resides in the United States

Humberto Castro’s art takes place within the framework of violence. Initially inspired by the mass extermination of the aboriginal population of Cuba, his work later absorbed more contemporary connotations, such as . . .

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About Ibrahim Miranda

b. 1969, resides in Cuba

When Ibrahim Miranda graduated from the Superior Institute of Art (ISA) in 1993, his works had already been shown in such important exhibitions as Kuba O.K. in Germany, Nacido en Cuba (Born in Cuba) in Venezuela and Mexico, and . . . 

About Iván Cañas
b. 1946, Havana. Resides in Miami, Florida.
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About Jaime Valls

23 February 1883 Tarragona, Spain–31 October 1955 Havana, Cuba

In 1901, Catalonian Jaime Valls arrived in Havana with his family. It was a far from casual trip. The island, freshly freed of Spanish domination, had become a destiny sought by numerous immigrants fleeing a crisis-ridden Spain, ...

About José Bedia

b. 1959, resides in the United States

As the son of a sailor who used to describe the wonders hidden beyond the horizon with the enthusiasm of a Marco Polo, Bedia has periodically taken on the subject of the island, and each time . . .

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About José Franco

b. 1958, resides in Argentina

José Franco, a “tropical” artist, chose Henri (Le Douanier) Rousseau as his interlocutor. In the context of 1980s art, Franco, together with Eduardo Rubén and Carlos A. García, set out to recover . . .

About José Manuel Fors

b. 1956, resides in Cuba and Spain

Although José Manuel Fors has been cast as a photographer, or “artist of the lens,” his creations belong to the genre of post-photography. By appropriating images from others . . .

About Juan Pablo Ballester

b. 1966, resides in Spain

Better known for his decisive participation in the collective Angulo-Ballester-Toirac-Villazón (or ABTV, per Camnitzer, 2003, 188), since 1992 Ballester has produced, on his own, images that reject the . . .

About Kcho (Alexis Leyva Machado)

b. 1970, resides in Cuba

The son of a carpenter and a visual arts teacher who rigorously taught him his first notions about drawing, Kcho obtained his degree in Painting and Drawing at the National School of Art (ENA), founded in 1961. In 1991, he was included in the influential exhibition . . . 

About Lázaro Saavedra

b. 1964, resides in Cuba

Oval or rectangular in shape, industrially printed in garish color, the Sacred Heart was one of the most popular icons in a Catholic land that also revered African deities in the guise of Christian saints. It invariably depicted a young man . . .

About Los Carpinteros

Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez (b. 1969, resides in Cuba) and
Marco Antonio Castillo Valdés (b. 1971, resides in Cuba) and
Alexandre Arrechea (b.1970, resides in Cuba). (Arrechea left the group in 2003.)

In the 1990s, Dagoberto Rodríguez, Alexandre Arrechea, and Marco Castillo were christened “Los Carpinteros” (The Carpenters) for the paintings and sculptures they made using . . .

About Luis Cruz Azaceta

b. Havana 1942. Lives and works in New Orleans and New York.

Exiled in the United States since 1960, Cruz Azaceta, as well as his art, is rooted in his condition as a Cuban New Yorker. Other Cuban artists working from the perspective of exile may take on . . .

About Luis Gómez

b. 1968, Havana. Resides in Havana.

Luis Gómez started exhibiting his works in the early 1990s as part of a new generation of artists. He studied under Juan Francisco Elso Padilla (1956-1988), a central figure in Cuban art of that decade, ...

About Manuel Mendive

b. 1944, resides in Cuba

Mendive’s art cannot be separated from his identity as a Santero. He is a loyal practitioner of a religion that, in 1990s Cuba, ceased to be regarded solely as a refuge for poor blacks and mulattoes and assumed a multiracial . . .

About Manuel Piña

b. 1958, resides in Cuba and Canada

The Volumen I generation came into the public spotlight after the Mariel experience in 1980, when intellectuals such as Carlos Alfonzo and Reinaldo Arenas emigrated. This migratory process and its connotations . . .

About María Magdalena Campos-Pons

b. 1959, resides in the United States

The late 1980s witnessed the emergence of several women artists, virtually all of them graduates of the national system of art education. Cuba already had Amelia Peláez (1896-1968) in the 1930s and . . .

About Mariano Rodríguez

Havana, 1912-1990

Mariano Rodríguez was one of the figures who emerged with uncommon force in the late 1930s. A member of the so-called second generation of modern painters, he was one of the artists who brought to Cuba the aesthetics of Mexican mural painting...

About Mario Carreño

Havana 1913–Santiago de Chile 1999

Mario Carreño was one of the young talents to emerge in the world of Cuban visual arts in the 1930s....

About Marta María Pérez Bravo

b. 1959, resides in Mexico

Marta María Pérez’s works make a distinct and original contribution to the history of female representation in Cuban art. In a field historically dominated by the male perspective, Pérez introduces her own body into the discourse through the use of staged photography. Her relationship with the photographic medium . . .

About Marucha (María Eugenia Haya)
b. in Cuba 1944-1991
About Mayito (Mario García Joya)
b. in Cuba 1938
About Pedro Álvarez

1967-2004, resided in Cuba and Spain

Pedro Álvarez studied at the Havana University’s School of Artistic Education in a feverish era. Street performances of Arte Calle, fleeting art exhibitions . . .

About Raúl Martínez

Ciego de Ávila 1927-Havana 1995

Raúl Martínez is one of the most important figures in the history of Cuban art. His energetic, multifaceted career was not limited to painting, ...

About Ramón Alejandro

b. 1943, Havana. Resides in Paris.

A self-taught artist, in 1960 Alejandro went into voluntary exile in search of the treasures of European art. After stays in Argentina and Brazil, he finally arrived in Paris. ...

About René Peña

b. 1957, resides in Cuba

In September of 1931, Social magazine, founded by the Cuban humorist and publicist Conrado Massaguer, published a photo of the boxer Kid Chocolate, who later won the world featherweight title. Considered one of the most elegant men of his day, a friend of Argentinean tango sensation Carlos Gardel . . .

About René Portocarrero

1912-1985 Havana

René Portocarrero’s body of work still awaits a study that will confirm him as one of the most magnificent artists in the history of Cuban painting, ...

About Reynerio Tamayo

b. Niquero, Cuba, 1968

Reynerio Tamayo’s art has been commanding attention since the late 1980s, touched by the all-inclusive, postmodern vocation that permeated Cuban art in that era. From the start, humor has been one of the real foundations of his painting ...

About Roberto Fabelo

b. 1951, resides in Cuba

Roberto Fabelo is a member of “the generation of sure hope” whose art was reinvigorated by the creative environment of the 1980s. A printmaker, illustrator . . . 

About Rocío García

b. Las Villas, 1955. Resides in Havana.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, the female form became one of the central themes in Cuban painting and photography. A study of the artistic work by Cuban women of that period, however, is yet to come: the degree of adherence to, or deviation from, the canons set by the mostly male establishment of artists, trends, and critics. ...

About Rubén Torres Llorca

b. 1957, resides in the United States

After graduating from the San Alejandro Art School in 1976 and the Superior Institute of Art (ISA) in 1981, Rubén Torres Llorca participated in the influential exhibition Volumen I (Volume One). Its presentation represented a break with . . .

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About Sandra Ceballos

Guantánamo, Cuba 1961

Ceballos’s poetic decision to delve into the the universe of the scatological, the morbid, the grotesque, the forbidden, and the ill joins her to a Cuban tradition fostered by such outstanding artists as Antonia Eiriz and Santiago (Chago) Armada....


About Sandra Ramos

b. 1969, resides in Cuba

The image of Cuba as the terra firma described by José Martí as “where the palm tree grows” (Valentín Sanz Carta, Domingo Ramos, Tomás Sánchez) had been replaced by navigational charts, with which the island broke its ties and was set adrift like a boat or a pneumatic raft. By means of prints, installations, sculptural objects, and drawings, Sandra Ramos . . .

About Segundo Planes

b. 1965. Resides in the United States.

Segundo Planes’ work could be categorized as belonging to the surrealist vein of Latin American art. Like an iceberg, this artistic style has surfaced in different countries and moments to become a “tradition” in the course of the 20th century. ...

About Servando Cabrera Moreno

1923-1981, Havana

Servando Cabrera Moreno was not only a great painter and draftsman who mastered various subjects, genres, visual languages, materials, and techniques. He was also astoundingly prolific, and his fecundity in creating art . . .

About Tania Bruguera

b. 1968, resides in Cuba and the United States

Given that Bruguera is internationally renowned as one of the most active practitioners of performance art, it’s no coincidence that her art was originally an homage to the memory of Ana Mendieta. In the early 1990s, while many artists . . .

About Toirac & Marrero

José A. Toirac (b. 1966, Guantánamo, Cuba)
Meira Marrero (b. 1969, Havana, Cuba)

Toirac's works could be easily defined as a non-official chronicle of Cuban history in the last half-century. The artist proceeds in the manner of an archaeologist, compiling and processing the images of historic events and personalities presented by the island's news media....

About Tomás Esson

b. Havana 1963, resides in U.S.A.

Tomás Esson Reid is one of the most significant artists to have emerged in Cuba during the 1980s. Creator of provocative works, and something of a controversial figure himself ...

About Tomás Sánchez

b. 1948, resides in Costa Rica

Closer to the paintings of the Hudson River School than to the technological avant-garde, Tomás Sánchez’s imaginary landscapes do not bear the labels of rebellion, irony, postmodernism, or kitsch imposed by American . . .

About Tonel (Antonio Eligio Fernández)

b. 1958, resides in Cuba and Canada

In the early 1980s, the publication of Tonel’s “caricatures” in humor magazines led to his being erroneously classified as a humorist. Nevertheless, with the 1989 exhibition . . .

About Umberto Peña

b. Havana 1937, resides in Salamanca, Spain

Umberto Peña spells his first name the Italian way, like his famous namesake, the Futurist painter, sculptor, and theorist Boccioni. Peña, however, is Cuban, ...

About Wifredo Lam

b. 1902 Sagua La Grande, Las Villas–d. 1982 París

In the 1970s, Wifredo Lam was working on a series of paintings in small and medium formats. It was a more intimate approach to his art, and at the same time a mature synthesis of his aesthetic ideas.

About Yoan Capote

b. 1977, resides in Cuba

From his first exhibition, Yoan Capote has shown a peculiar sensitivity toward everyday objects. This is not an “archeological” interest in the improvised technologies of a Cuba in the midst of an epic shortage of . . .

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