1975-76

  • Luis Cruz Azaceta (b. 1942, Havana): After arriving in the United States in 1960, Luis Cruz Azaceta settled in New York, where he studied at the School of Visual Arts and participated in the city’s neo-expressionism movement of the 1970s. He now lives in New Orleans. He is widely exhibited in the United States and abroad. Cruz’s work was selected for the Canadian Club’s Mira! Hispanic Art Tour in 1985, for the Outside Cuba exhibition and for Cuba-USA: The First Generation, which toured this country in the early 1990s. He is the winner of grants and fellowships from the Penny McCall Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, among others. His pieces are in several permanent collections, including those of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the Miami-Dade Public Library. (Cintas for art, 1972-73, 1975-76) 

  • Jesse A. Fernández (b. 1925, Havana-d. 1986, Paris): As a photographer, Fernández gained international recognition with his portraits of artists and intellectuals, from Salvador Dalí to Marcel Duchamp, which were published in The New York Times, Life, Time, Pagent and The Herald Tribune, among others. He was also a skilled painter and engraver, and made box-collages filled with philosophical, artistic and scientific references. In 1984, he published his book of photographs, Les momies de Palerme. The Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid held an exhibition of 260 pieces by Fernández in the summer of 2003. Fernández studied at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro in Havana and at the Art Students League in New York. His work is in the permanent collection of the Miami-Dade Public Library. (Cintas for art, 1967-68, 1975-76)

  • JULIO FERNANDEZ LARRAZ

    Blue Platter, 1975, oil on canvas, 24” x 30”

    Julio Fernández Larraz (Julio Larraz) (b. 1944, Havana): The figurative works of Julio Larraz have twice earned the artist recognition from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has held individual exhibitions at the Westmoreland County Museum of Art in Pennsylvania; the Edward Hopper Landmark Preservation Foundation in Nyack, N.Y.; the Grand Palais in Paris; the Museo de Arte Moderno in Bogota; the Museo de Monterrey in Mexico, and the Victorian Museum in Rome, among others. His work was included in the Outside Cuba exhibition and is in the permanent collections of the Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery of the University of Texas, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, The Museo de Arte Moderno in Bogota, the Vassar College Art Gallery, the Miami-Dade Public Library and the Westmoreland Museum of Art in Pennsylvania, among others. Between 1968 and 1970, Larraz attended the workshops of Burt Silverman, David Levine and Aaron Schickler in New York.  (Cintas for art, 1975-76)

  •  Maritza Leal Banchz (Cintas for music, 1975-76, 1977-78)

  • Maria Lino (b. 1951, Havana): Lino, who works in a variety of media, describes her two most recent series, Working Hands and Agua/Water, this way: “I experiment with the interdisciplinary fusion of the visual arts and the documentary mode by combining drawing, video, digital media and animation with material that is traditionally considered documentary: interviews, still images, recorded sound and archival and appropriated footage.” She has shown her work in multiple galleries in the United States, Latin America and Europe. Her work was part of the traveling exhibition Cuba/USA: First Generation, and has been included in museum exhibitions such as Ancient Roots/New Visions, Contemporaries: Juxtaposing Perceptions, at the Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art in New York, Ten Contemporary Hispanic Artists, at the Brooklyn Museum, and Resurgimiento, at the Museo del Barrio in New York, among others. She is the winner of a Women in the Visual Arts scholarship and received a Fulbright Award to work in Peru in 2011. Lino has a Bachelor’s degree from New York University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida International University. (Cintas for art, 1975-76, 1976-77)

  • Carlos Alberto Montaner (b. 1943, Havana): A publisher and writer, Montaner has written extensively on Cuban and Latin American issues. Among his works are Raíces torcidas de América Latina, Viaje al corazón de Cuba, Cuba: Un siglo de doloroso aprendizaje, Cómo y por qué desapareció el comunismo, Libertad: La clave de la prosperidad, América Latina y la cultura occidental, La libertad y sus enemigos and the novels Perromundo and 1898: La trama. With Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza and Álvaro Vargas Llosa, he wrote Manual del perfecto idiota latinoamericano and Fabricantes de miseria. Montaner has lectured widely in universities in Latin America and the United States. He is a political analyst for CNN in Spanish. In 2012, Foreign Policy magazine select Montaner as one of the 50 more influential intellectuals in Latin America. (Cintas for literature, 1975-76)

  • Julio Vera (b. 1952, San José de los Ramos): Vera has written television pilots, episodes and feature films for CBS, ABC and Warner Brothers and also works as an archivist for the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America, the West Society of American Archivists and the Association of Moving Image Archivists. He received a Sam Goldwyn Writing Award from the Goldwyn Foundation and is listed in Who’s Who Among Hispanics in America. Vera has a Bachelor’s degree from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.  (Cintas for literature, 1975-76)

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