1990-91

  • Magaly Alabau (b. 1945, Cienfuegos):  A writer as well as an actor and director, Alabau is the author of several collections of poems including Electra, Clitemnestra, La extremaunción diaria, Ras, Hemos llegado a Ilión and Liebe. She won the Latin Poetry Prize awarded by the Latin American Writers Institute for Hermana/Sister in 1992. As an actress, she has worked with La Mama, Duo Theater and Medusa’s Revenge, the last two experimental theater groups that she co-founded. (Cintas for literature, 1990-91)

  • Antonio Benítez-Rojo (b. 1931, Havana-d. 2005, Northampton, Mass.): The Thomas B. Walton Jr. Memorial professor at Amherst College at the time of his death, Benítez Rojo was the author of several books, including a trilogy on the Caribbean consisting of the novels Sea of Lentils and Mujer en traje de batalla and the essay collection The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Postmodern Perspective. Benítez Rojo was an economist at the Cuban Ministry of Labor when he wrote his first collection of short stories, Tute de reyes, which won a Casa de las Américas prize in 1966. His stories have been translated to several languages and published in anthologies such as The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories and The Picador Book of Latin American Short Stories. He won the Kovacs award from the Modern Language Association and the Pushcart Prize for short stories. He wrote the script for the film Los sobrevivientes, directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. (Cintas for literature, 1990-91, 2002-03)

  • La Muerte del Troubadour, 1991,Acrylic on canvas mounted on board, 50 x 53.5 inches

    Eduardo Conde (b. Havana, 1955): After attending the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro in Havana, Conde came to the United States in the Mariel boatlift of 1980. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and an Arkansas Arts Council fellowship for large drawings on paper. The Arkansas Arts Center holds one of his drawings in the 20th Century drawing permanent collection. (Cintas for art, 1990-91)

  • Man,1994, Acrylic on canvas, 45” x 28”

    Lilliam Cuenca (b. 1944, Havana): A painter and engraver, Cuenca studied at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro in Havana and later was active at the Taller Experimental de Gráfica.  She moved to Caracas in 1980 and to the United States in 1985. She has worked as an instructor for ArtCenter/South Florida, in Miami Beach, where she has her studio. Among her awards are a first prize in calcography at the first Víctor Manuel Engraving Triennial in Havana and the Ashati Broadcasting Corporation Award at the Osaka Triennale 1990 in Japan. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Contemporary Art and Culture Center in Osaka, the Museo de Arte La Rinconada in Caracas and the Universidad Central de Venezuela.  (Cintas for art 1990-91)

  • Gabriel Fernández (b. 1960, Havana): After studying architecture at the City College of New York and at Harvard University, Fernandez collaborated on the design and production of several commercial and institutional buildings in the United States. He eventually obtained an M.B.A. in finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University and, since 1998, has played an active role in raising, investing and managing real estate private equity, deploying the capital in ground-up development, redevelopment, and acquisition transactions in various property types in Latin America. (Cintas for architecture, 1990-91)

  • Mangos and Coral,1992, 30” x 24”, Black & white photograph on paper

    Ramón Guerrero (b. 1946, Camagüey-d. 1993, Miami): Photographer Ramón Guerrero had solo shows at the Museo Cubano de Arte y Cultura in Miami, the Marta Gutiérrez Fine Arts gallery and the Tampa Museum of Art. Group shows included Myths & Realities at the WestDade Regional Library in Miami; the traveling exhibition CubaUSA: The First Generation; Islands in the Stream: Seven Cuban American Artists, at the Dowd Fine Arts Gallery in Cortland in New York and, posthumously, Past Cuba: Identity and Identification in CubanAmerican Art, at the Quick Center for the Arts in Fairfield, Conn. Guerrero won a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a first prize Andy Award from the Advertising Club of New York. His work is in the permanent collection of the Miami-Dade Public Library. (Cintas for art, 1990-91)

  • Daniel Iglesias-Kennedy (b. 1950, Havana): La ranura del horizonte en llamas, Iglesias-Kennedy’s first novel, was smuggled out of Cuba and went on to become a finalist for the Sésamo award. Since leaving Cuba for Spain in 1985, he has written the novels El gran incendio, La hija del cazador and Esta tarde se pone el sol.  In 1985, he won the Cuentos Puerta de Oro award. Iglesias-Kennedy, who has a Ph.D. in English philology, is also a translator and scriptwriter, and has been a consultant for documentaries in Canada and England.  He teaches at his own Instituto de Idiomas in Talavera de la Reina, Spain. (Cintas for literature, 1990-91)

  • Maya Islas (b. 1947, Cabaiguán): The co-founder of the literary magazine Palabras y Papel, Islas has published a number of books, including Sola... desnuda... sin nombre, Sombras-papel, La mujer completa, Altazora acompañando a Vicente and Merla. She was recognized with a Carabela de Plata poetry award for Palabras del ave and with the first poetry award given by the Institute of Latin American Writers in New York. She was twice a finalist for the Letras de Oro from the University of Miami and her poetry has appeared in several anthologies including Poetas cubanos en Nueva York, Daughters of the Fifth Sun, The Arc of Loveand Floricanto Si! Latina Poetry. Islas was writer in residence at Altos de Chavón in the Dominican Republic. (Cintas for literature, 1990-91)

  • Eva, 1990,Gelatin silver print on paper,15” x 15”

    J. Tomás López (b. 1949, Camagüey): A professor of photography, López is also the head of the photography program at the University of Miami. His large-scale digital prints are part of several major collections, including those of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of American Arts, the Biblioteque Nationale of France and the International Museum of Photography. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts award in the visual arts. H he has a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina and a master in fine arts from the University of South Florida. Before moving to the University of Miami, he taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology. (Cintas for art, 1990-91)

  • Periple Athens, 1991, Black and White photograph, 14” x 11”

    Luis Mallo (b. 1962, Havana): Mallo’s photographs – which range from explorations of the human form to studies of veiled, empty cityscapes – have been exhibited in group and solo shows in Latin America, Europe and the United States. He is the winner of a Catherine and Denis Krusos Award, and has received a fellowship from the Art Matters Foundation.  His work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, among others. Mallo received an associate’s degree in graphic arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. His images have been featured in the magazines Metropolis, Azure and  Leica World. (Cintas for art, 1990-91)

  • Maritza Pérez (b. 1955, Havana, Cuba): A multidisciplinary artist, Pérez works in installation art, painting, sculpture and photography, all informed by history, memory, power relations, hybridity, transgressions and religiosity. Her pieces have been exhibited in dozens of venues, including the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in San Juan, the Center for Book Arts in New York and the San Juan Biennial of Latin American Printmaking. She is a recipient of a Gibraltar Point Art Center International Artist Residency in Toronto and of a San Francisco Art Commission Market Street Art in Transit grant, among other awards. Pérez studied at Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico in San Juan and earned and Master of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco State University in California. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. (Cintas for art 1990-1991)

  • D-120nd,Oil on canvas, 60” x 95”

    Paul Sierra (b. 1944, Havana): After moving to the United States in 1961, Sierra settled in Chicago, where he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. His figurative and landscape paintings are in the permanent collections of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian, in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Snite Museum of Art at Notre Dame University, among others. He has had several solo shows and his work has been represented in the exhibitions Outside Cuba, Arte Latino: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Cuba/USA: The First Generation, ¡Mira! The Canadian Club Hispanic Art Tour 1988-1989 and Hispanic Art in the Untied States: Thirty Contemporary Painters and Sculptors, among other group exhibitions. He is the winner of three grants and fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council. (Cintas for art, 1990-91)

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