1984-85

  • Corpus Cavafy,2003, Acrylic and ink on handmade paper, 31" x 42”

    Mario Bencomo (b. 1953, Pinar del Río): Noted for the strong imagery, color and ambiguity of in his paintings, drawings and artist’s books, Bencomo has participated in exhibitions at venues that include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Minnesota Museum of Art, the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, the Centre d’Art Santa Monica in Barcelona and the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. His work was included in the Outside Cuba exhibition, the Miami Generation traveling exhibition and the Cuba-USA: The First Generation traveling exhibition. His work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Denver Art Museum, Havana’s Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, the Miami-Dade Public Library and the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C., among others. (Cintas for art, 1984-1985)

  • Yvette Cabrera Vega (New York, 1955): A full-time faculty member at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez, where she has taught studio art courses since 1993, Cabrera Vega is one of the leading figures in contemporary Puerto Rican ceramics. She is the recipient of two fellowships from the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture and won the acquisition prize at the Contemporary Ceramics Biennial in San Juan in 1993.  Her work was chosen for the second Havana Biennial and for several other international shows in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Italy and Mexico. She was a visiting artist at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia in 2001. Her pieces are in the collections of The Clay Studio, Pratt’s Permanent Collection in Brooklyn and the Contemporary Puerto Rican Ceramic Sculpture Collection at the Casa Candina in San Juan. Cabrera Vega has a Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramic, sculpture and drawing from the Pratt Institute of New York. (Cintas for art, 1984-85) 

  • Rafael Catalá (b. 1942, Victoria de las Tunas): A poet and essayist, Catalá is one of the editors of the Index of American Periodical Verse. His poetry collections include Caminos/Roads, Círculo cuadrado, Ojo sencillo/Triquitraque and Copulantes. His poetry and essays have been published in magazines and newspapers such as The New York Times, Cuaderno de Norte, Diálogos, Plural, Cuadernos Universitarios and Revista Iberoamericana. In 1983 he directed the Rácata Poetry Workshop at Hostos Community College in New York, which led to the publication of Soles emellis, which he describes as both an anthology of work written during the workshop as well as a guide to producing similar programs. (Cintas for literature, 1984-85)

  • Miguel Correa (b. 1956, Placetas): Correa received his Ph.D. from the Graduate School and University Center in New York, where he wrote a dissertation titled Reinaldo Arenas: Imagen del autor implícito desde la textualidad. Correa has taught at St. Peter’s College, Lehman College, Rutgers University and Hunter College. His critical pieces have appeared in the magazines Letralia, Espéculo and Fe de Errata. He is the author of two novels, Al norte del infierno and Fragmentos del discurso humano, which received a first prize award from the Continental Association of Latin America and was a finalist in the Letras de Oro competition sponsored by the University of Miami. He also received the Hunter College Literary Academy Prize for the short story El corrector. He teaches in the department of Modern Languages at Hostos Community College in New York. (Cintas for literature, 1984-85)

  • Reflection Reflex,1984, Oil on canvas, 48” x 48”

    Neraldo De La Paz (b. 1955, Matanzas): Since 1996, De La Paz has been working in a collaborative team with Alain Guerra under the name Guerra del a Paz. They tend to work with found objects, most recently recycled clothes, with which they create sculptures. Their work has been included in exhibitions such as Ephemeral/Trends II at Merrill Lynch ARTEAMERICAS and Between Art and Life: From Joseph Cornell to Gabriel Orozco at the Miami Art Museum. De La Paz has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Northern Illinois University. (Cintas for art, 1984-85)

  • Álvaro Aquilino García (b. 1957, Havana): An installation artist, García works with automobile tires in which, he says, he finds a silent history of the places where they’ve been. He uses the tires to create iconic sculptures that he calls a “three-dimensional drawings.” García’s work was included in the Cuba-USA: The First Generation exhibition that toured throughout the United States, and in Reflections on the Nuevo Mundo at the INTAR Latin American Gallery, among others. He is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner NYSCA Individual Artist program grant and a New York Foundation for the Arts sculpture grant. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art. García earned a Bachelor’s degree from the Philadelphia College of Art and Master of Fine Arts degrees from Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania. He has been an instructor at Franklin & Marshall College. (Cintas for art, 1980-81, 1984-85)

  •  Alejandro Häsler: (Cintas for art, 1984-85)

  • Rolando Llanes (b. 1961, Havana): Llanes is the president of CIVICA, LLC, in Miami. His many projects include Villa Magna, a 50-story apartment building, and Opera Tower Phase II, a 56- story apartment building, both located in Downtown Miami, as well as MDCC ETCOTA, a 39,000 square-foot, high-tech classroom facility for Miami Dade College, and the Killian Academy Charter School. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Architecture and received a Master’s degree in architecture from Princeton University. (Cintas for architecture, 1984-85)

  • Ricardo Pau Llosa (b. 1954, Havana): A poet, art critic and educator, Pau-Llosa’s poetry collections include Vereda tropical, Cuba, Bread of the Imagined, Sorting Metaphors and The Mastery Impulse. As an art critic, he has specialized in 20th Century Latin American painting and sculpture, having published texts on Olga de Amaral, Rafael Soriano, Rogelio Polesello, Fernando de Szyszlo and Cuban art in exile, among others. In 2013, he curated Form's Transgressions: The Drawings of Agustín Fernández, which opened at the Frost Museum of Art in Miami and traveled to the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame. He served as guest curator at the Lima Biennial. (Cintas for literature, 1984-85)

  • Luis Vega (b. 1944, Havana): Celebrated above all for his Cuban landscapes, Vega is also a graphic designer who produced postage stamps in Cuba, created scenery for animated drawings at Cuba’s film institute and worked as illustrator for the Instituto Cubano del Libro. Vega participated in the first International Festival of Film Posters in Cannes and in many group exhibitions in Havana and in Florida His work is in the collection of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana. Vega is the father of Sinuhé Vega, also a noted painter. He studied at San Alejandro and has a degree in art history from the University of Havana. (Cintas for art, 1984-85)

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