1985-86

  • LUIS ALONSO

    Untitled, 1986, Acrylic on Masonite, 13” x 13.75”

    Luis Alonso (b. 1952, Sagua la Grande): Since receiving a Bachelor’s degree in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Rutgers University, Alonso has participated in multiple exhibitions, including many Rhode Island School of Design faculty biennials, as well as exhibitions at the Schaffler Gallery of the Pratt Institute, the Dowd Fine Arts Gallery at SUNY and the Scott Alan Fine Arts in New York. Alonso is senior critic in the Department of Foundation Studies at Rhode Island School of Design. He has been a visiting lecturer at SUNY College at Cortland and a visiting critic at Harvard’s Carpenter Center. (Cintas in art, 1985-86)

  •  Harvey Ball (Cintas for art, 1985-86)

  • Juan Boza (b. Camagüey, 1941-d. New York, 1991): A member for many years of Havana’s Taller Experimental de la Gráfica, Boza excelled at painting, drawing, engraving, installation and graphic design. After arriving in New York in 1980, he worked at the Printmaking Workshop, the Lower Eastside Printshop and the Art Students League. He participated in many shows in Cuba and the United States, as well as in Europe and Latin America. He was the recipient of the Jerome Foundation Fellowship to the Printmaking Workshop. He was one of the artists featured in Wayne Salazar’s 1985 documentary Cuba-USA: Three Cuban Artists in New York City. His work was included in the Outside Cuba exhibition and the Cuba-USA: The First Generation traveling exhibition. His work is in the collections of the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Museo de la Universidad Autónoma de México, among others. (Cintas for art, 1983-84, 1985-86)

  • Maria Brito (b. Havana, 1947): From her base in Miami, the sculptor Maria Brito has gained wide recognition and is frequently exhibited in the United States and abroad. Her work was chosen for the third ¡Mira! Canadian Club Hispanic Art Tour, for Ceremony of Memory, a major exhibition of work by Hispanic artists that toured the United States, for the Miami Generation traveling exhibition, the Cuba-USA: The First Generation traveling exhibition and for the landmark The Decade Show in New York. She is the winner of fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Department of State, the South Florida Consortium, the Pollock Krasner Foundation and the Virginia A. Groot Foundation. Brito is one of the artists profiled in Maria Lino’s 1988 documentary film, Three Artist Profiles. She is also one of the featured artists in the book Latin American Women Artists of the United States. Brito’s work is in the permanent collection of the Miami-Dade Public Library. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Miami. (Cintas for art, 1981-82, 1985-86)

  • Symmetry, 1980, oil on canvas, 31.5” x 25.5”

    Enrique Flores Galbis (b.  1952, Havana): The work of Flores Galbis has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art and the National Arts Club. He is the winner of a Helena Rubenstein Fellowship and a Phillip Lehrman award. He has taught at the Parson’s School, the Montclair Museum and the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts. Flores has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Parson’s School and attended the Art Students League.  Flores is also a writer. His first novel, Raining Sardines, received the Americas Honors for Latin American Literature, while 90 Miles to Havanareceived the Pura Belpre Honors Award from the American Library Association. (Cintas for art, 1980-81, 1985-86)

  • José Fors (b. 1958, Havana): Working in a variety of media, from oil painting to drawing, to printmaking, to dry-point, Fors has exhibited his work in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States. In 2001, he was selected to participate in the X International Biennial Print and Drawing Exhibition in the Republic of China and for the Osaka Triennial in Japan. In 2000, he won the National Posada Prize for Printmaking in Aguascalientes, Mexico. His work is in the collections of the Museo José Guadalupe Posada in Aguascalientes, the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, the San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas, the Wurth Museum in Germany and the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum Chicago, among others. He studied drawing with Roberto Martínez in Miami, and printmaking techniques in New Jersey. (Cintas for art, 1985-86)

  • Aldo Rafael Forte (b. 1953, Havana): A music educator, composer and arranger, Forte’s works have been widely performed and recorded by the Southwest German Radio Orchestra, the Filharmonie Bohuslav Martinu Orchestra and many bands including those of the University of Georgia, the University of North Texas, the National Dutch Youth Wind Band, the Militarmusik der Voralberg in Austria, the U.S. Marine Band and the USAF Heritage of America. In 2003, he was commissioned by the Van Gogh Documentatie Museum in Nuenen, the Netherlands, to transcribe his band work Van Gogh Portraits for brass band to celebrate Van Gogh’s 150th birthday. He is a composer/arranger with the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band at Langley Air Force Base, also in Virginia. His compositions range from chamber pieces to major pieces for band and orchestra. He has received commissions for new works from the Southwest German Radio Orchestra and various university bands and ensembles. He holds music degrees from Tennessee Technological University and the University of Southern Mississippi. (Cintas for music, 1985-86)

  • GRACE+GILBERT+DOLLAV

    Painting of Threshold And Christmas, 1985, Oil on canvas, 16.25" x 20.5"

    Grace Gilbert: (Cintas for art, 1985-86)

  • Ismael Lorenzo (b. 1945): One of the editors of the 1980s New York based magazine Unveiling Cuba, Lorenzo is the author of the novels La hostería del tesoro, Alicia en las mil y una camas, La ciudad maravillosa and Matías Pérez entre los locos. He received a silver medal from L’Academie des Arts, Science et Lettres in Paris in 1985. (Cintas for literature, 1985-86)

  • Manuel Martín (b.1934, Artemisa – d. 2000, New York): A writer, actor and theater director, Martín was one of the first Cuban playwrights to bring Cuban exile issues to the English-language stage, with plays such as Union City Thanksgiving, Swallows, Rasputin, Fight, and the musical Carmencita. He moved to New York in the 1950s and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. With Cintas winner Magaly Alabau, he founded the Duo Theater in 1969, where he conducted workshops. Among the many plays he directed are Botánica, by Dolores Prida, and Julia de Burgos, by Carmen Rivera. In the 1970s, he taught theater to prisoners at Sing-Sing. Martín won two Fulbright fellowships. (Cintas 1985-86)

  • Efraim Oliver (b. 1930, Matanzas): An architect by profession and training, Oliver has had several one-man shows and has participated in group exhibitions at the University of Miami, the Museum of Science in Miami, the Society of Four Arts in Palm Beach and the Museum of Modern Art of Latin America (OAS) in Washington, D.C., among other venues. He received a Delineation Award from the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects and his work has been published in Drawings by American Architects and Presentation Drawings by American Architects. He is associate vice president for Spillis Candela & Partners Inc. Oliver studied architecture at the University of Havana. (Cintas for art, 1985-86)

  • Untitled Study: Shell And Stone Series,1986, Graphite and ink wash on paper, 28.5” x 37”

    William Swetcharnik (b. 1951, Philadelphia)  An educator as well as an artist, Swetcharnik describes his work as using “the vocabulary of old master paintings to summon up images from centuries of art history and weave them into a complex architectonic fabric, concerned principally with the idea of time as filtered through Old and New World experience.” One of his pieces was selected by the Art in Embassies Program for the U.S. Ambassador’s house in Tegucigalpa. He is the creator of the Latin American Art Resource Project, which teaches art educators in Latin America to use inexpensive, indigenous art materials. He is the recipient of two Fulbright grants to Spain to study Romanesque altarpieces and one to Honduras. He also won an Arts America Lecturing fellowship to Belarus, and has been artist in residence at the Ragdale Foundation and Yaddo. Swetcharnik studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and at the University of California at San Diego. Artist's website: www.swetcharnik.com (Cintas in arts, 1985-86)

  • José Triana (b. 1931, Camagüey): An actor and playwright, Triana’s La noche de los asesinos is considered the most translated and performed of all Cuban plays. It was originally staged in Havana and went on to win awards from Casa de las Américas and the VII Latin American Theater Festival in Havana. His other plays include El mayor general, Medea en el espejo, La muerte del ñeque, El Parque de la Fraternidad, Revolico en el Campo de Marte, Cinco mujeres and Palabras comunes, which, like La noche de los asesinos (under the English title, The Criminals) was staged in London by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Triana published a book of poetry, La madera del sueño. He is the winner of a Guggenheim fellowship and has lived in Paris since 1980. (Cintas for literature, 1985-86)

  • JORGE+VARONA

    Leo Castelli's Portrait, 1982, graphite/charchoal on paper, 29” x 23”

    Jorge Varona (b. 1955, Havana): A figurative painter, Varona has a Master’s degree from Colorado State University. (Cintas for art, 1982-83, 1985-86) 

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