• Borges, Max

    Max Borges (b. 1918, Havana - d. 2009, Falls Church, VA): After earning degrees from Georgia Tech and Harvard University, Borges became part of a group of young architects that – during Cuba’s mid-century economic and tourism boom – fashioned the architectural style of their time. His father, Max Borges del Junco, owned one of the principal architectural firms in the island, and Borges himself quickly developed a distinguished practice, winning the National College of Architects Award for his work on the Medical and Surgical Center, built in 1948 in El Vedado. During the next decade, he designed a number of architecturally distinguished homes and apartment buildings in Havana and, in 1951, the fabled Tropicana Cabaret, which became an iconic image for Cuba’s capital. Borges left Cuba in 1959 and continued practicing architecture in various cities in the United States. He lives in Key Biscayne, Fla. (Lifetime Achievement Award, 2006)

  • Goicolea, Anthony

    Snowscape with Owls, 2003, C-print, ed. 22/30, 31 X 31 inches

    Anthony Goicolea (b. 1971, Atlanta) Although he has worked primarily in photography, Goicolea has also engaged in video projects and drawings. In describing his work, he has written,I am still interested in self-portraiture, vanity and narcissism as well as issues dealing with the body, bodily functions, beauty, chaos, the grotesque and the perverse.” He is often the lead character in his photographic narratives, acting out childhood scenes. He has had numerous solo exhibitions in Europe and the United States and his work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Guggenheim Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, among other institutions. Goicolea attended the Universidad de Madrid; the University of Georgia, where he studied art history, drawing and painting and received a Bachelors degree; and the Pratt Institute of Art, where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree. In 2005, Goicolea won the BMW-award for photography. His books include Anthony Goicolea: Drawings, released by Twin Palms Press Publishing in 2005. (CINTAS for Visual Arts, 2006-07)

  • Moreno, Gean


    Untitled, 2006, Mixed media Mixed media on canvas, 86" x 63"

    Gean Moreno (b. 1972, New York): An art critic and curator as well as an artist, Moreno uses pop culture to inform his collages and paintings. As a curator, he focuses on emerging artists who work on the fringes of traditional art. Moreno is a frequent contributor to art publications such as Contemporary, Art Papers and Flash Art. He has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Florida International University with a bachelor of arts in philosophy. His one-person exhibitions include Deep South, at the Derek Eller Gallery in New York, and Appalachia, at the Fredric Snitzer Gallery in Miami. He is the recipient of two Knight Arts Partnerships and has held recent residencies at Matadero in Madrid, Karl Hofer Gesellschaft in Berlin, and the Here and There Berlin Residency from the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach. (Cintas Foundation Emilio Sánchez Award in Visual Arts, 2006-07)

  • Novoa, Glexis


    Ziggurat (To Late) The Sky #3, 2007, Graphite drawing on sheetrock panel, 18" x 24"

    Glexis Novoa (b. Holguin, 1964): Best known for his finely drawn landscapes on marble, one of Novoa’s early outings as an artist was as the set designer of the acclaimed 1987 film Alicia en el pueblo de Maravillas. He has also curated several exhibitions, including Waiting List: Time and Process in Contemporary Cuban Artfor the City Art Museum in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Novoa has had solo exhibitions at the Lowe Museum of the University of Miami, the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery and Locust Projects in Miami, and the Snite Museum at the University of Notre Dame, among others. His work has also been included in several group shows in the United States, Latin America and Europe. His work is represented in the collections of numerous institutions, including Centre de Cultura Contemporania in Barcelona, the Centro Wifredo Lam in Havana, the Lowe Museum and the Ludwig Forum Fur Internationale Kunst Aachen in Germany. Novoa studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and the National School of Art and the National School of Design in Havana. (Cintas Foundation Emilio Sánchez Award in art, 2006-07)

  • Porro, Ricardo

    Ricardo Porro (b. 1925, Camagüey - d. 2014, Paris): A resident of Paris since 1966, Porro has earned international acclaim for his design for the Art Center in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, and several other major buildings in Europe. Porro began his architectural career in the late 1940s in Havana, where he designed several villas of distinction and, in the early 1960s, the masterful School of Art and School of Modern Dance in the National Art Schools complex.  He has been professor of architecture in universities in Cuba, Venezuela, France, Austria and Israel. His paintings, sculptures, furniture and architectural projects have been the subject of numerous exhibitions and publications around the world. In France, he was honored with the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. (Lifetime Achievement Award, 2006)

  • Valdés, Bebo (Ramón Emilio)

    Bebo (Ramón Emilio) Valdés (b. 1918, Quivicán - d. 2013, Stockholm): A pianist, composer and arranger, and the winner of five Grammy Awards since 2002, Valdés was an important figure of the Havana musical scene of the 1940s and ’50s, leading orchestras, including Sabor de Cuba, and backing singers such as Benny More, Pío Leyva and Rita Montaner. Valdés often performed in the legendary nightclub Tropicana where, for a time, he was musical director. He also recorded with Nat King Cole and was instrumental in the Cuban jazz scene. Valdés left Cuba in 1960, eventually settling in Stockholm, where he continued playing Cuban music and jazz. After more than 30 years out of the recording studios, his career was revived in 1994 with the release of the CD Bebo Rides Again and his participation in film Calle 54,directed by Fernando Trueba. His Grammy-winning CDs are El arte del sabor, Lágrimas negras and Bebo de Cuba,all released since 2002.Among his many compositions are Daquirí, Nocturno en batanga, and Ritmando el chachachá. He lives in Malaga, Spain. (Lifetime Achievement Award in music, 2006)


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