Portrait of a Headless Lady, 1978, oil on canvas, 74.5” x 27”

Agustín Fernández (b. 1928, Havana-d. 2006, New York City): After his first one-man exhibition at the Lyceum in Havana in 1951, Fernández went on to have a highly successful career as a painter, engraver and sculptor.  He studied at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro in Havana and at the Art Students League in New York. His work was shown at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Ringling Museum in Sarasota and the Museum of Modern Art of Latin America in Washington, among others. He participated in Latin American Spirit: Art and artists in the United States, which traveled widely across the United States in 1988-89 and in the Outside Cuba exhibition. He won honorable mentions from the IV Biennial at the Modern Art Museum of Sâo Paulo and the III Latin American graphics Biennial in San Juan. His work is in the permanent collections of several institutions, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Museo del Barrio in New York, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Modern Art of Latin America in Washington, D.C., the Miami-Dade Public Library and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The Agustin Fernandez Foundation was established after his death "to encourage an understanding and appreciation" of his work and to promote exhibitions and scholarships about the artist. (Cintas for art, 1978-79)

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