• Diago, Joaquín

    Joaquín Diago (d. Miami): A violinist, Diago was a member of the Colegio de Músicos Cubanos en el Exilio. He played for the Utah Symphony. (Cintas for music, 1963-64)

  • García, Laureano

    Hombre Con Gallo,1984, Oil on canvas, 51” x 41”

    Laureano García (b. 1922, Sancti Spiritus) An architect by training, Garcia has designed parks and residential buildings, and his murals and paintings – García is particularly known for his still lifes – combine abstraction and geometry with figurative elements. Garcia was selected to participate in the inaugural show for the Amalia Mahoney gallery in Chicago and has been exhibited in Europe and the United States. He studied architecture at the University of Havana and art in Paris under sculptor Ossip Zadkine and the painter Andre Lothe. In the United States, he attended Fairfield University in Connecticut, the Pratt Institute and the Art Students League. (CINTAS for Visual Arts, 1963-64)

  • Mejer, José

    José Mejer (b. 1933, New York City): An architect and educator, Mejer has made hotel design the focus of his practice and is the owner of the José Mejer Jr. Design Studio. Since 1994, he has also been an instructor of computer graphics at the New School University in New York City. Mejer received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cornell University in 1958. He used his Cintas fellowship to study the origins of Cuban colonial architecture in the south of Spain. (CINTAS for Architecture & Design, 1963-64)

  • Orbón, Julian

    Julian Orbón (b. 1926, Asturias-d. 1991, Miami Beach): Born in Spain, Orbón began traveling to Cuba with his family in 1932 and settled there permanently in 1940.  His first piano teacher was his father, Benjamín Orbón, but he also studied under Aaron Copland, who once called him “the most gifted composer of his generation.”  In 1942, he became one of the founders of El Grupo de Renovación Musical, which worked to gain international recognition for Latin American symphonic music. Orbón eventually took over his father’s studio in Havana, and also wrote music reviews for the newspaper Alerta. He left Cuba for the United States in 1963. Orbon’s compositions include pieces for orchestras, chamber music, choral works and music for piano and voice. He was the winner of the Juan Landaeta Award for his Three Symphonic Versions in the first Latin American Music Festival in Caracas. He is the author of La Esencia de los estilos, published by Colibrí. (Cintas for music, 1963-64, 1964-65)

  • Serra Badué, Daniel

    Daniel Serra Badué (b. 1914, Santiago de Cuba - d. 1996, New York): Considered by many the godfather of Cuban art in exile, Serra Badué was one of the first winners of a Cintas fellowship and an early member of the board of the Cintas Foundation. A surrealist painter and graphic artist, he is one of the artists featured in Artists in Exile, a series of four television documentaries directed by Ray Blanco in 1994. He once wrote that his art was always connected to his homeland. “There's a relationship between me, as an artist, and the land where I was born,” he wrote. “I don't feel like a foreigner in any place, because I continue to create my own vision of the world.” His work was included in the Outside Cuba exhibition, and it is in the permanent collection of the Miami-Dade Public Library. Serra Badué studied at art schools in Santiago de Cuba, Barcelona and New York, at the Art Students League, the National Academy of Design and Columbia University. He was the first Cuban-American winner of a Guggenheim fellowship. (Cintas for art, 1963-64, 1964-65)

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