Carreño, Mario

Muchacha Con Fruta”, 1987, Oil on canvas,  32.5” x 26.5” 

Mario Carreño (b. Havana, 1913 - d. Santiago de Chile, 2000) A painter and illustrator, Carreño belonged to the legendary group of Havana artists and intellectuals known as Grupo Orígenes. He trained in Havana, Madrid and Paris, taught at the New School for Social Research in New York between 1944 and 1948 and became a founding member of the Asociación de Pintores y Escultores de Cuba in 1949. The next year, he became the editor of Noticias de Arte in Havana, a position he held until 1957, when he moved permanently to Santiago de Chile and became a professor of painting at the Art School of the Catholic University. Throughout his long career, he exhibited widely in Latin America and Europe and was the subject of retrospectives in Chiles Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (1991), Havanas Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (1993) and Sothebys in Coral Gables (1995). His work was included in the Outside Cuba exhibition. Among the recognitions he earned were the 1938 National Award in Painting in Havana, a Guggenheim International Award, and a National Art Award and a Pablo Neruda bronze medal in Chile. His work is in the collections of Museo de Bellas Artes in Santiago de Chile, the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Modern Art of Latin America in Washington, D.C. and the Miami-Dade Public Library. One of his large glass mosaic murals, Homenaje a Fray Angélico, is at the San Ignacio School in Santiago de Chile. (CINTAS for Visual Arts, 1987-88)

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