Orlando, Felipe

Felipe Orlando (b. 1911, Tenosique, Mexico-d. 2001): An anthropologist as well as a painter and engraver, Orlando’s full name was Felipe Orlando Garcia Murciano. He studied at the University of Havana and at the painting workshop of Jorge Arche and Víctor Manuel, and was a founding member of the Asociación de Pintores y Escultores de Cuba (APEC). In Mexico City, Orlando was a professor at the Universidad de las Américas and the  Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. His work was exhibited regularly in solo and group shows until 1995 and is in the permanent collections of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Modern Art of Latin America in Washington, D.C., among others. Orlando was the subject of various documentary films, including La pintura de Orlando, filmed in Mexico City in 1950, Wolf Hanke’s Felipe Orlando, done for Germany’s RTV and  Felipe Orlando, for Mexico’s Channel 5. His collection of pre-Columbian art is held by the Museo de Arte Precolumbino Felipe Orlando in Benalmádena, Spain, of which he was honorary director. (Cintas for art, 1967-68)

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