2010-11

  • Fabián Almazán (b. 1984, Havana): A pianist and composer, Almazán is the winner of a 2007 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award for Personalities, a work for string quartet. Almazán arrived in the United States in 1993; he studied at the New World School of the Arts in Miami and at the Manhattan School of Music, where he obtained a Master's degree and was a recipient of the Michael W. Greene Scholarship. He was one of six composers selected to participate in the Sundance Composers' Lab 2011. He has been pianist for Terence Blanchard's quintet and has toured throughout North and South America, Asia and Europe. His fist CD as leader, also titled Personalities, was released in the summer of 2011. Almazán lives in New York. (CINTAS Foundation Brandon Fradd Fellowship in music composition, 2010-11)

  • Carmen Herrera (b. 1915, Havana) One Cuba's first abstract painters, Herrera has exhibited widely in solo and group shows, including El Espíritu latinoamericano: Arte y artistas en los Estados Unidos, 1920-1970, which traveled widely in the United States in 1988 and 1989, and Crossing Borders: Contemporary Art by Latin American Women at the College of New Rochelle, New York, in 1996. Herrera's pieces are in many museums and collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern, London, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. and El Museo del Barrio in New York, and Havana's Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. She studied painting and art history at Marymount College in Paris, architecture at the University of Havana and attended the Art Students League in New York. Herrera is the subject of a 26 minute documentary, Artists in Exile: Carmen Herrera, made in 1994, and of Carmen Herrera: 5 Degrees of Freedom, by Konstantia Kotaxis, produced for a major retrospective of the artist's work at the Miami Art Central in 2005. She is also one of 33 artists featured in the book Latin American Women Artists of the United States. Her work was included in the Outside Cuba exhibition. Herrera lived in Paris from 1948 until 1953 and has lived in New York City since 1954. She is the winner of a Creative Artists Public Service Award (CAPS) in New York. (Cintas for art, 1966-67, 1968-69; Cintas Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in the Visual Arts, 2010)

  • Blanco Y Verde, c. 1966, acrylic on canvas, 40.5” x 67.75”

    Carmen Herrera (b. 1915, Havana) One Cuba’s first abstract painters, Herrera has exhibited widely in solo and group shows, including El Espíritu latinoamericano: Arte y artistas en los Estados Unidos, 1920-1970, which traveled widely in the United States in 1988 and 1989, and Crossing Borders: Contemporary Art by Latin American Women at the College of New Rochelle, N.Y., in 1996. Herrera's pieces are in many museums and collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern, London, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. El Museo del Barrio in New York, and Havana's Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. She studied painting and art history at Marymount College in Paris, architecture at the University of Havana and attended the Art Students League in New York. Herrera is the subject of a 26-minute documentary, Artists in Exile: Carmen Herrera, made in 1994, and of Carmen Herrera: 5 Degrees of Freedom, by Konstantia Kotaxis, produced for a major retrospective of the artist's work at the Miami Art Central in 2005. She is also one of 33 artists featured in the book Latin American Women Artists of the United States. Her work was included in the Outside Cuba exhibition. Herrera lived in Paris from 1948 until 1953 and has lived in New York City since 1954. She is the winner of a Creative Artists Public Service Award (CAPS) in New York. (Cintas for art, 1966-67, 1968-69; Cintas Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in the Visual Arts, 2010)

  • Leyden Rodríguez-Casanova (b. 1973 Havana): Trained at the Ringling School of Art and Design and the New World School of the Arts, Rodríguez-Casanova has been an artist-in-residence at the Centre International d'Accueil et d'Échanges des Recollets in Paris, the Capri Palace in Italy and the Vermont Studio Center.
    He has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including installations at Socrates Sculpture Park and Sculpture Center in New York, and at Locust Projects and the David Castillo Gallery in Miami. His work is in the permanent collections of CIFO: The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, The Frost Art Museum at Florida International University and the Bass Museum of Art. He received the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual & Media Arts in 2004 and 2011. Also in 2011, he was awarded a Knight Arts Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for Dimensions Variable, an exhibition space he founded and co-directs. Rodríguez-Casanova moved from Cuba to the United States during the 1980 Mariel boatlift. He lives and works in Miami. (Cintas for art, 2010-11)

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