The 2018-2019 CINTAS Foundation Fellowship in Architecture & Design Winner

Javier Galindo: Javier has been the recipient of the 2015 Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. He finds inspiration in fragments and ruins, in the incomplete and the unfinished. Through his work, he hopes to place the concept of the fragment as the beginning of an architectural design process rather than its usual endpoint in the life of buildings. Currently he is working on a project to enter a competition to transform the Malecon in Havana. He is also working on the tallest tower in China, a 677-meter structure in the city of Chengdu in the Sichuan province. He is also participating in the construction project of One Vanderbilt Tower in New York City.

The 2018-2019 CINTAS Foundtion Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition Winner

Sabrina Peña Young: Inspired by science fiction, Afro-Cuban percussion, and technology, Sabrina’s work continues to break new ground. For the last year, she has focused on film music and writing. Her work is available on YouTube, Amazon, iTunes, and Spotify. 

The 2018-2019 CINTAS Knight Foundation Fellowship in Visual Arts Winner

Tomas Esson: Tomas is considered by critics as one of the most painterly artists of his generation. He has been working for the last three years in his latest Series of paintings titled MIAMI FLOW SERIES. Currently we can see his work at the Fredric Snitzer Gallery.

The 2018-2019 CINTAS Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 

Juan A. Martínez: This year CINTAS will honor Juan A. Martínez, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art and Art History at Florida International University, with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Professor Martínez is an art historian specializing in European and Cuban Modern Art. He received his Ph.D. as well as his M.A. in Art History from Florida State University and his B.A. in Art History from the University of Florida. He is the author of Cuban Art & National Identity: The Vanguardia Painters, 1927–1950 (Florida, 1994), María Brito (UCLA, 2009), and Carlos Enríquez: The Painter of Cuban Ballads (Cernuda Arte, 2010). Dr. Martínez has also published numerous book chapters and essays in exhibition catalogues. He recently curated the exhibit, Cuban Art & Identity: 1900–1950 at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. He is currently working on a monograph on one of the pioneers of Cuban modern painting, Fidelio Ponce de León (1895–1949).

While the CINTAS Foundation has never given a Lifetime Achievement Award or Fellowship to someone whose career was spent in academic scholarship, Professor Martínez’ contribution to Cuban culture and the visual arts is exceptional and worthy of the highest honor. Therefore, CINTAS Foundation is delighted to extend this award to him.

About the CINTAS Fellowship Program

The CINTAS Fellowship Program encourages creative development in architecture & design, creative writing, music composition and the visual arts. The CINTAS Foundation was established with funds from the estate of Oscar B. Cintas (1887-1957), former Cuban ambassador to the United States, prominent industrialist, and patron of the arts.

The Fellowship, marking its 56th year, includes a $20,000 award to carry out the fellows’ projects as submitted. The blue-ribbon juries are comprised of jurors of national and international standing. 

The prestigious competition has recognized creative accomplishments by Cuban artists in the various artistic movements over the last five decades. It is unique in its depth and breadth due to the artistic significance of a prolific and relevant historic period in the Cuban arts. Winners are invited to become part of the CINTAS Fellows Collection through their artistic donations to the one-of-a-kind ensemble of Cuban art. The CINTAS Fellows Collection is a unique representation of the increasingly important works of its artists and creative movements since 1963. It is also one of the largest bodies of Cuban art outside of Cuba.

About the CINTAS Fellowship Collection

The CINTAS Fellowship Collection is comprised of nearly 350 pieces by artists of Cuban descent who have received prestigious CINTAS Fellowships awarded since 1963. The Fellows range from Carmen Herrera to Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Maria Martinez-Cañas, Teresita Fernandez, Pulitzer Prize winner Oscar Hijuelos, multiple-Obie winner Maria Elena Fornes, architect Andres Duany, Latin Grammy finalist composer Tania Leon, and many others.

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