Cintas fellowships have given Cuban artists “the
incentive to work, the hope of a viable future, the self-respect,
and in many cases the material means to do well in a highly
competitive society to which they had arrived in the worst
possible circumstances,” wrote the late artist and
first Cintas winner Daniel Serra-Badué.
include Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Oscar Hijuelos, multiple
Obie-winning playwright María Irene Fornés,
visual artists José Bedia and Teresita Fernández,
photographers Andrés Serrano and María Martínez
the late Felix Gonzalez-Torres, whose work will represent the United States at
the next Venice Biennale, architect and city planner Andres Duany, installation
artist Teresita Fernandez, writer Cristina Garcia, sculptor Maria Elena Gonzalez,
and composers Julián Orbón, Tania León and Orlando
García. In 1988, the Foundation granted Lifetime Achievement
Awards to the celebrated painter Enrique Riverón and
to Lydia Cabrera, the distinguished ethnographer and writer
on Afro-Cuban religions. In 2003, the late novelist Guillermo
Cabrera-Infante and the architect Rafael Quintana received
Lifetime Achievement Awards.
In 2006, Cuban architects Max Borges and Ricardo Porro were honored with the
Cintas Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2007, Cuban musician Bebo Valdes was honored
with the William B. Warren Cintas Foundation Lifetime Achievement
1977, the first exhibition of works by Cintas fellows was
organized by the Miami-Dade Public Library System, with
current Foundation board member Margarita Cano as project
coordinator. Held at the Library’s galleries, the exhibition included
57 pieces representing Cuban artists living in the United
States, as well as Spain, France, Puerto Rico and Colombia.
In 1987, the Foundation marked the 100th anniversary of Mr.
Cintas’ birth with a second exhibition, Cintas
Fellows Revisited, also at the Miami-Dade Public Library.
The 1987 traveling exhibition Outside
Cuba was the first major show of contemporary Cuban
artists since the Museum of Modern Art in New York staged Modern
Cuban Painters in 1944. It featured 48 Cuban exile artists,
33 of them Cintas fellows, and traveled to New Jersey, New
York, Oxford (Ohio), Puerto Rico, Miami and Atlanta. The
exhibition was a joint project of the office of Hispanic
Arts of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and
the Research Institute for Cuban Studies of the University