• Catasus, Albert

    Painting: three baskets of fruit,1978, Pastel on paper

    Albert Catasus (b. 1947, Havana) An artist and educator, Albert Catasus is the director of the American Studies Program at the Christa McAuliffe School in Brooklyn, New York. (CINTAS for Visual Arts, 1978-79)

  • Évora, Tony

    Tony Évora (b. 1937, Havana) A painter and printmaker, musicologist, writer and educator, Évora lived and worked in Exeter, England, where he became director of the Visual Arts, Music and Publications Department at Oxford Brookes University before moving to Spain in the early 1990s. Since then, his work – artistic and literary – has revolved around Cuban music and its relationship to santería. HIs books include Orígenes de la música cubana, El Libro del bolero and Música cubana: Los últimos 50 años. (CINTAS for Visual Arts, 1978-79, 1980-81)

  • Fernández, Agustín

    Portrait of a Headless Lady,1978, oil on canvas, 74.5” x 27”

    Agustín Fernández (b. 1928, Havana - d. 2006, New York) After his first one-man exhibition at the Lyceum in Havana in 1951, Fernández went on to have a highly successful career as a painter, engraver and sculptor.  He studied at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro in Havana and at the Art Students League in New York. His work was shown at the Musée dArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Ringling Museum in Sarasota and the Museum of Modern Art of Latin America in Washington, among others. He participated in Latin American Spirit: Art and Artists in the United States, which traveled widely across the United States in 1988-89 and in the Outside Cuba exhibition. He won honorable mentions from the IV Biennial at the Modern Art Museum of Sâo Paulo and the III Latin American graphics Biennial in San Juan. His work is in the permanent collections of several institutions, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Museo del Barrio in New York, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Modern Art of Latin America in Washington, D.C., the Miami-Dade Public Library and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The Agustín Fernández Foundation was established after his death "to encourage an understanding and appreciation" of his work and to promote exhibitions and scholarships about the artist. (CINTAS for Visual Arts, 1978-79)

  • García Fonteboa, Manuel

    Manuel García Fonteboa: (CINTAS for Visual Arts, 1978-79)

  • García, Fernando

    January 1978, 1978, Acrylic on canvas, 24” x 28”

    Fernando García (b. 1945, Havana - d. 1989, Miami) A conceptual artist deeply involved with civic life in Miami, Garcías artwork often involved the whole community. He created Holiday Spheres to float over the Miami-Dade Cultural Center during its opening, and organized the citys literary community for his Miami Reading Symphonies for the public library system. Garcia studied mathematics at the University of Georgia in Athens and drawing and painting at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He was an art instructor at Miami-Dade Community College and the International Fine Arts College in Miami. Solo shows included On the Line. A Simultaneous Exhibition in Key West and Coral Gables; Miami Magic,an installation at the Metro Dade Cultural Center, and Aries. Installation,at the Albany Museum of Art. His work was included in the Miami Generation traveling exhibition. His work is in the permanent collections of the Miami-Dade Public Library, Miami Dade College and the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, among others. Making Purple, a neon piece, is at the Okeechobee Metrorail Station as part of Miami-Dades Art in Public Places program. (CINTAS for Visual Arts, 1978-79)

  • Geada, Rita

    Rita Geada (b. 1934, Pinar del Río): A writer and educator, Geada received a doctorate from the University of Havana and did post-doctoral work at the University of Buenos Aires. Her short stories and poems, which have been translated into English, Italian, Portuguese and French, have been included in several anthologies. Geada has also published numerous literary essays. Among her poetry collections are Desvelado silencio, Cuando cantan las pisadas, Vertizonte, Otoño en New England, Mascarada, for which she received a Carabela award, and Espejo de la tierra, which won the 2001 international Luis Santamarina City of Cieza prize. (Cintas for literature, 1978-79)

  • Guerra, Ana

    Untitled,1978-79, Oil on canvas, 24.25” x 30”

    Ana Guerra (CINTAS for Visual Arts, 1978-79)

  • León, Tania

    Tania León (b. 1943, Havana): A classical composer and conductor, León became the first musical director and composer in residence with Dance Theater of Harlem in 1968. Since then, her pieces have been performed by some of the world’s top musicians. Scourge of Hyacinths, an opera based on a radio play by Nobel Prize-winner Wole Soyinka, won the BMW Prize as best new work in the 1994 Munich Biennale. One of its arias, Oh Yemanja, was recorded by Dawn Upshaw. Other works include Inura, a composition for voices, strings and piano that was nominated for a Grammy and a Latin Grammy in the category of Best Classical Contemporary Composition;the ballets The Beloved (with Judith Hamilton), Haiku, Dougla (with Geoffrey Holder) and Tones; the orchestra pieces Batá, Carabalí, Concerto Criollo, Kabiosile, Para Viola y Orquesta and Seven Spirituals, as well as many pieces for instrumental ensemble and vocal ensemble and solo. She is a professor of music at Brooklyn College and the recipient of an ASCAP Victor Herbert Award and a Symphony Space Access to the Arts Award. Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, León was a visiting scholar at the Witwatersrand University in South Africa. As a conductor, she has appeared with the Kwazulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, in Durban, and the Johannesburg Academy Orchestra, both in South Africa; the Orquesta Sinfónica de Guanajuato, in Mexico, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Bogotá, in Colombia. León is the founder and artistic director of Composers Now, an annual, month-long festival that celebrates living composers, their diversity and the significance of their work. (Cintas for music, 1974-75, 1978-79)

  • Otero, Nélida

    Untitled II,1979, Mixed media on canvas, 18.5" X 30"

    Nélida Otero (b. Havana): The painter Nélida Otero Flatow graduated from Queens College, CUNY, and received a Master’s degree in liberal studies from Wake Forest University. She has worked as a bilingual liaison for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system. In 2011, the Artworks Gallery in Winston-Salem held an exhibition of her work. (Cintas for art, 1978-79)

  • Pellón, Gina


    Untitled, 1978, lithograph on paper, 21" x 26"

    Gina Pellón (b. 1926, Cumanayagua): A widely recognized expressionist painter, Pellón exhibits her work regularly in Europe and the United States, and has been honored by the French minister of culture for her contribution to the French arts. She was represented in the Outside Cuba exhibition, and her work is in the permanent collection of the Miami-Dade Public Library. In 1992, she received the Arletty award. In 1999, the Musée du Pilori, in Niort, France, held a retrospective of her work. She is a graduate of the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro in Havana. Pellón is also a poet and printmaker.  (Cintas for art, 1978-79)

  • Rodriguez, John


    Griffin, 1978, Acrylic, canvas, wood and bronze Mixed media construction, 41” x 82”

    John Rodriguez: (Cintas for art, 1978-79)

  • Tejera, Nivaria

    Nivaria Tejera (b. 1929, Cienfuegos): A poet and novelist, Tejera’s books include El barranco, Sonámbulo del sol,Luz de lágrimas, La gruta, Fuir la spiraleand Espero la noche para soñarte, revolución. Among the awards she has received is the Premio Biblioteca Breve, from the Spanish publishing house Seix Barral. (Cintas for literature, 1978-79)

  • Torres, Omar

    Omar Torres (b. 1945, Victoria de las Tunas): A poet, novelist and playwright, Torres’ books include the poetry collections Conversación primera, Tiempo robado and De nunca a siempre, and the novels Al partir, based on an anecdote from the Spanish-American War, and Apenas un bolero, which served as the basis for his English-language novel Fallen Angels Sing. Torres studied literature at Queens College, New York. (Cintas for literature, 1978-79)

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