1964-65

  • Francisco R. García (b. 1924, Victoria de las Tunas – d. 1999): A critic and art historian, García was the author of Latin American Painters in New York, Maternity in Pre Columbian Art, José Martí y las artes plásticas and José Martí y la pintura española, among other works.  García founded Les Petites Galleries and the Galería Cubana de Pintura y Escultura in Havana, and later directed the Sardio Gallery in Caracas and the Cisneros Gallery in New York City. He also directed and edited the magazines Decoración Interior and Artes in Havana, and from 1976 until his death, the newspaper Noticias de Arte, in New York. He was a member of the Círculo de Escritores y Poetas Iberoamericanos. García wrote under the pen name Florencio García Cisneros. (Cintas for literature, 1964-65)

  • Antonino Hernández Lizaso (b. 1931, Havana): After receiving a law degree from the University of Havana, Hernández Lizaso studied music composition with Julián Orbón and went on to the Manhattan School of Music, where he received a Master’s degree in conducting. He is the winner of composition grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Organization of American States and the Florida Arts Council. He is the author of seven symphonic works, an opera and 24 chamber pieces. Hernández Lizaso has conducted the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the Manhattan School of Music Orchestra and the University of Miami Symphony. (Cintas for music, 1964-65, 1966-67)

  • Rolando López Dirube (b. 1928, Havana-d. 1997, Puerto Rico) A sculptor, painter and engraver, Dirube left Cuba in 1960 and, after traveling throughout the United States, Europe and parts of Latin America, settled in Puerto Rico. He taught painting and design at the University of Puerto Rico and the Universidad Interamericana in San Juan and was founder and professor of the Escuela Taller de Artes Plásticas y Galería at La Romana in the Dominican Republic. Dirube studied at the Havana School of Architecture, the Art Students League of New York, and the Art Workshop at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. He participated in many solo and group shows in the United States, Latin America and Europe, including the Outside Cuba exhibition, and won the Iberia Airlines award for wood engraving and the I Bienal Hispanoamericana de Arte in Madrid. His works are in several major collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Caracas, the Miami-Dade Public Library, the Philadelphia Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. (Cintas in art, 1964-65, 1965-66)

  • Julian Orbón (b. 1926, Asturias-d. 1991, Miami Beach): Born in Spain, Orbón began traveling to Cuba with his family in 1932 and settled there permanently in 1940.  His first piano teacher was his father, Benjamín Orbón, but he also studied under Aaron Copland, who once called him “the most gifted composer of his generation.”  In 1942, he became one of the founders of El Grupo de Renovación Musical, which worked to gain international recognition for Latin American symphonic music. Orbón eventually took over his father’s studio in Havana, and also wrote music reviews for the newspaper Alerta. He left Cuba for the United States in 1963. Orbon’s compositions include pieces for orchestras, chamber music, choral works and music for piano and voice. He was the winner of the Juan Landaeta Award for his Three Symphonic Versions in the first Latin American Music Festival in Caracas. He is the author of La Esencia de los estilos, published by Colibrí. (Cintas for music, 1963-64, 1964-65)

  • Daniel Serra Badué (b. 1914, Santiago de Cuba - d. 1996, New York): Considered by many the godfather of Cuban art in exile, Serra Badué was one of the first winners of a Cintas fellowship and an early member of the board of the Cintas Foundation. A surrealist painter and graphic artist, he is one of the artists featured in Artists in Exile, a series of four television documentaries directed by Ray Blanco in 1994. He once wrote that his art was always connected to his homeland. “There's a relationship between me, as an artist, and the land where I was born,” he wrote. “I don't feel like a foreigner in any place, because I continue to create my own vision of the world.” His work was included in the Outside Cuba exhibition, and it is in the permanent collection of the Miami-Dade Public Library. Serra Badué studied at art schools in Santiago de Cuba, Barcelona and New York, at the Art Students League, the National Academy of Design and Columbia University. He was the first Cuban-American winner of a Guggenheim fellowship. (Cintas for art, 1963-64, 1964-65)

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