1993-94

  • JUAN+ABREU

    Aids Flag Sida, 1993, Oil on canvas, 78” x 72”

    Juan Abreu (b. 1952, Havana): A writer and journalist as well as an artist, Abreu has been a columnist for Diario las Américas and is the author of Habanera fue, A la sombra del mar: Jornadas cubanas con Reinaldo Arenas, and Libro de las exhortaciones al amor. He studied at the National Academy of San Alejandro in Havana and came to the United States in the Mariel boatlift of 1980. He had his first exhibition at the Sibi bookstore, in Miami, in 1982. Since then he has exhibited his work regularly. He is represented in the permanent collection of the Miami-Dade Public Library. (Cintas in art, 1993-94)

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    Tatiana Garmendía (b. 1961, Havana): A figurative/conceptual artist, Tatiana Garmendía creates realistic, X-ray like images of the human body using graphite and metal leaf on paper. She has written of her interest in “reconciling figurative representation and the formal concerns of creating illusionistic images on a flat surface.” Garmendía has exhibited at the Bronx Museum of Arts, the Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, the Milan Art Center, the Castfield Gallery in England, and the Galeria Riesa Efau in Germany, among other venues. She is the recipient of a best-of-show award from the Bellevue Art Museum in Washington, of grants from Seattle Central Community College and of two Pratt G.I.A. fellowships from the Drawing Resource Center in Brooklyn. Among her independent curatorial projects are Salpicón Cubano/Cuban Splash at the Kirkland Art Center in Kirkland, Wash., and Survival Of Joy: Contemporary Cuban Artists, at the SCCC Art Gallery in Seattle. Garmendía has taught at Coral Gables Senior High School, the Pratt Institute and, since 1993, at Seattle Central Community College. Garmendia was trained at the American University in Paris, and has Master of Fine Arts degrees from Florida International University and the Pratt Institute of Art. (Cintas for art, 1993-94)

  •  Rodolfo Hasler (b. 1958, Santiago de Cuba): A poet and translator, Hasler’s poems have been collected in several volumes, including Poemas de arena, Tratado de licantropía, De la belleza del puro pensamiento, Poemas de la Rue de Zurich and Elleife, which earned him the Aula award in Barcelona. His work has been selected for anthologies, including Anthologie de la Poésie Cubaine du XXème. Siècle and Nueva Poesía Latinoamericana. He translated the complete poems of Novalis into Spanish. (Cintas 1993-94)

  • Carlos Victoria (b. 1950, Camagüey – d. 2007, Miami): A prize-winning writer in Cuba, Victoria left the island on the Mariel boatlift after Cuban authorities arrested him and confiscated his manuscripts. He settled in the United States. His work was published in anthologies and literary magazines in Europe and Latin America as well as in this country. Among his books are Las sombras en la playa, El resbaloso y otros cuentos, La ruta del mago (these last two also published in French) El salón del ciego and La travesía secreta, selected as the best novel of November 2001 by the publisher Phebus. His novel Puente en la oscuridad received a Letras de Oro award and was published in English with the title A Bridge in Darkness. Victoria worked for many years as an editor at El Nuevo Herald. (Cintas for literature, 1993-94)

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