Rafael Soriano (b. 1920, Cidra): Soriano graduated in 1943 as Professor of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture from the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro. He returned to Matanzas and taught visual arts for close to two decades. He was one of the founders, and later Director, of the Escuela de Bellas Artes de Matanzas. In 1962 he went into exile, settling in Miami with his family. He worked as a graphic designer and occasionally taught, first at the Catholic Welfare Bureau, and later at the Cuban Cultural Program of the University of Miami. Since his first exhibition in 1947 in Havana’s Lyceum and Lawn Tennis Club, his work has been represented in numerous individual exhibitions and close to two hundred collective shows. His paintings have traveled through the United States, Brazil, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Chile, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Spain, Switzerland, Mexico, Italy, etc. Currently his work is included in numerous private and public collections Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin; Denver Art Museum, Colorado; Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Jersey; Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Florida; Museo de Arte Zea, Medellin, Colombia; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba; Museum of Modern Art of Latin America (OAS), Washington, DC; Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Galeria de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; PAMM, Miami, FL, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, and other important institutions and corporations. (Lifetime Achievement Award in Visual Arts, 2014)

 

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