• Visual Arts Fellow Pavel Acosta

    Visual Arts Fellow Pavel Acosta

  • Music Fellow Flores Chaviano

    Music Fellow Flores Chaviano

  • Architecture Fellow Antonio Garcia

    Architecture Fellow Antonio Garcia




CINTAS Abstract Exhibition Aug 2017

Between the Real and the Imagined: Abstract Art from CINTAS Fellows explores the language of abstraction in the work of CINTAS Fellows in the visual arts across different temporal moments and generations. The range of works featured include paintings, works on paper, and three-dimensional pieces – several on view for the first time – representing the geometric abstraction from the 1950s of Rafael Soriano, Mario Carreño and José Mijares, the concrete art of Carmen Herrera, the constructive experiments of Zilia Sánchez, the hard-edge abstraction of Fernando García from the 1980s and more recent multi-dimensional installations by Cuban-Americans María Martinez-Cañas, Leyden Rodríguez Casanova, and Vanessa Díaz, to name only a few. Together, the works featured in this exhibition - each with their distinct pictorial and structural propositions – reveal the different ways in which modern and contemporary artists in Cuba and in the diaspora have engaged with non-representational practices from mid-century to the present. Curated by Elizabeth Cerejido.

The CINTAS Fellows Collection is comprised of works donated by each year’s winner in the visual arts category. It is unique both for its acquisition process and for being one of the most comprehensive collections in the United States of works by artists of Cuban descent. As such, the collection should be understood as a living structure that is in constant flux: with each new donation, an opportunity is created for renewed artistic and discursive connections within the collection, but also beyond it. To that end, the works featured here were culled both from the CINTAS Foundation’s existing collection of visual arts Fellows, as well as local collections. The plurality in visual language and aesthetic concerns represented here from generations of Fellows that span more than a half a century is a testament to the important legacy that the CINTAS Fellowships has helped establish since the inception of the foundation in 1963. EXHIBITION ANNOUNCEMENT



La Fundación CINTAS se complace en anunciar que su Programa de Becas en adelante cumplirá con los deseos de su fundador, Oscar B. Cintas, y le otorgará becas a cubanos y descendientes de cubanos, ya bien vivan en Cuba o fuera de Cuba. Este año la Fundación otorgará tres becas de veinte mil dólares ($20,000) cada una en las siguientes disciplinas: Arquitectura y Diseño, Beca Brandon Fradd en Música, y beca CINTAS - Fundación Knight en Artes Visuales. Las solicitudes para las becas deberán ser recibidas para el 1ro de Junio, 2017 y se pueden acceder aquí:  COMUNICADO DE PRENSA


The CINTAS Fellows

The CINTAS fellowships have given Cuban artists “the incentive to work, the hope of a viable future, the self-respect, and in many cases the material means to do well in a highly competitive society to which they had arrived in the worst possible circumstances,” wrote the late artist and first CINTAS winner Daniel Serra-Badué. Learn more 


The Collections

The CINTAS Foundation oversees two important art collections in the United States. The Master Paintings from the Spanish School include pieces that date back to the 16th century and Spain’s Golden Age. Among the works in the collection are Ribera’s Saint Peter (right), El Greco’s Christ Carrying the Cross and Feast in the House of Simon, Murillo’s Portrait of A Gentleman Holding A Hat, and Goya’s Admiral José de Mazarredo and Marquis de Caballero. The CINTAS Fellows Collection, on long-term loan to Miami Dade College Museum of Art & Design at the Historic Freedom Tower, is believed to be the largest gathering of Cuban exile art anywhere. . Learn more 


From the CINTAS Fellows Collection

The CINTAS Fellowships

CINTAS Fellowships acknowledge creative accomplishments and encourage excellence in architecture & design, literature, music composition and the visual arts. Eligibility is limited to artists of Cuban citizenship or direct descent (having a Cuban parent or grandparent). Applications are reviewed by panels of qualified members from each artistic discipline. The Board of the CINTAS Foundation, Inc., awards fellowships based on the recommendations of the panels. Learn more 

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