• Bauzá, Mario

    Mario Bauzá (b. 1911, Havana-d. 1993, New York): A legendary trumpet man and orchestra director, Bauzá was often called the father of AfroCuban jazz. Bauzá first played in the United States in the 1920s with Orquesta de Antonio María Romeu. In the 1930s, he played with the Chick Webb Band and later became musical director and first trumpet for the Cab Calloway Orchestra. During his time with the orchestra, he was influential in the development of the young trumpet player Dizzie Gillespie. He led the orchestra Machito y sus AfroCubans and the Orquesta Afro-Cubana de Jazz. When he died at the age of 82, his music was experiencing a popular revival. He had just completed recording the CD 944 Columbus, which was released posthumously, and which followed The Tanga Suite, My Time is Now and El legendario rey del mambo, all issued in the early 1990s. (Cintas for music, 1988-89)

  • Briel, Ernesto

    Untitled,1988, Print, 24” x 18"

    Ernesto Briel (b. Guanabacoa, 1943 - d. New York, 1992) An artist with a particular interest in the theater, Briel was a painter and set designer who also worked briefly as an actor. He studied painting at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro and design at the Escuela Nacional de Diseño in Havana, and photography at the Parsons School of Design in New York. He participated in solo and group shows in the United States and Cuba. In 1994, two years after his death, the Jadite Galleries in New York presented an exhibition of his work. His work is in the collections of the Jersey City Museum in New Jersey, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana and the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, Conn. (CINTAS for Visual Arts, 1988-89)

  • Cabrera, Lydia

    Lydia Cabrera (b. 1899, Havana -d. 1991, Miami): One of Cuba’s foremost authorities in Afro-Cuban culture, Cabrera began her studies in the field when she traveled to Paris to study religion and art in 1927. She wrote 23 books on Afro Cuban themes, including El Monte, possibly the most famous of her works, and a dictionary of the Afro-Cuban Yoruba language. Her contributions in the area of literature, anthropology and ethnology were vast. She received  honorary doctorate degrees from Denison University, in Granville, Ohio; Redlands University, in California; Manhattan College in New York and the University of Miami. After her death, her collection of books, photographs and papers went to the University of Miami’s Richter Library, which holds it within its Cuban Heritage Collection. (Lifetime Achievement Award, 1988)

  • Chardiet, José

    José Chardiet (b. 1956, Havana) A glass artist who cites as influences Spanish still-life paintings, Chardiets pieces are included in the permanent collections at the Renwick Gallery, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the American Craft Museum, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Detroit Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art and the Yokohama Museum of Art, among others. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Kent State University in 1983, and has taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has received fellowships from the Institute of International Education, the Ohio Arts Council and the Creative Glass Center of America (CINTAS for Visual Arts, 1988-89)

  • Eugenio Leante, César

    César Eugenio Leante (b. 1928, Matanzas): After beginning his career as a journalist, radio and television writer, Leante became cultural attaché to the Cuban embassy in Paris. He is the author of the novels Padres e hijos, Muelle de caballería and Los guerrilleros negros (published in Spain as Capitán de cimarrones) as well as books on Fidel Castro, Ernest Hemingway and Gabriel García Márquez and two volumes of memoirs, Volviendo la mirada and Revive. He left Cuba for Madrid in 1981. (Cintas for literature, 1988-89)

  • Martínez-Cañas, María

    Hortus: X, 2001, Gelatin Silver Print ED 3/3, 43"x 37"

    María Martínez-Cañas (b. 1960, Havana): A photographer who uses and stretches the medium to explore color and form, Martínez-Cañas’ work also delves on issues of culture and identity. Her work was included in the Outside Cuba exhibition and the Cuba-USA: The First Generation traveling exhibition.  Her pieces are in the collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, the Center for Creative Photography in Arizona, the International Museum of Photography in Rochester, the Museum of Modern Art and the International Center of Photography in New York and the Centro Cultural Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City, among others.  She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from the Philadelphia College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago. (Cintas for art, 1988-89)

  • Riverón, Enrique

    Enrique Riverón (b. 1902, Cienfuegos-d. 1998, Melbourne): Having begun his career as a cartoonist – he worked for a time at the Walt Disney Studios – Riverón went on to become a painter and sculptor who traveled and exhibited widely in Europe, the United States and Latin America. He moved to Coral Gables in 1960, where he founded the Grupo Artístico Literario Abril (GALA) with other Latin American painters. His work is in the permanent collection of the Miami-Dade Public Library. (Lifetime Achievement Award, 1988)


  • Rodríguez, Arturo

    Untitled,  1982, acrylic on paper, 36.625” x 28.875”

    Arturo Rodríguez (b. 1956, Ranchuelo): A widely exhibited artist, Rodríguez has received multiple Florida Individual Artist Fellowship awards and a fellowship from the South Florida Cultural Consortium. His works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Jerusalem Museum in Tel Aviv, the Norton Gallery of Art in West Palm Beach and the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale. He has participated in  numerous exhibitions in Europe and the United States, including one-man shows at Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News, Va.; the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, the Gulf Coast Museum of Art in Largo, and the Boca Raton Museum of Art. His work was included in the Cuba-USA: The First Generation traveling exhibition. In 1987, he was commissioned by Florida International University to do a painting, which he titled Exiles, to be given to Pope John Paul II during his visit to Florida. Rodríguez is one of the artists profiled in Maria Lino’s 1988 documentary film Three Artist Profiles. His work has been auctioned at both Christie's New York and Sotheby's New York. The Smithsonian's Archives of American Art has been collecting his primary records since 1998. Artist's website: www.arturorodriguezart.com. (Cintas for art, 1982-83, 1988-89)

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