Skip to main
Cernuda Arte Cuban Art Cernuda Arte Cuban Art accessibility statement
Artists Exhibitions Publications Selected Inventory Recent Arrivals Digital Communications Special Moments Anout Us Contact Us Home
Non Represented Artists  
Search: 
 

Cuban Art Eduardo AbelaEduardo Abela
Period: The Vanguard
1889 - 1965

Children Playing
Niños Jugando, ca 1955
mixed media on paper laid down on board
7 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches

Born in 1889, San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. Died in 1965, Havana. Eduardo Abela studied at the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1921. He lived in Spain from 1921 to 1924 and in France from 1927 to 1929 in an effort to expand his artistic and cultural horizons. In Paris, he socialized with a group of vanguard Cuban writers and artists that included Alejo Carpentier, who encouraged him to paint Cuban themes in addition to introducing him to the latest currents in art. After experimenting with various modern styles, Abela developed his own, influenced by Jules Pascin and Marc Chagall. His Parisian stay culminated with a show at Galerie Zak in November of 1929, where he unveiled a series of paintings and drawings inspired by the Afro-Cuban and Creole cultures. Like many of his contemporaries, he "discovered" and integrated Cuba in his art while living abroad, motivated by nostalgia. Upon his return to Havana, Abela's focus turned to political and social caricatures, inventing a character called El Bobo (The Fool), who appeared in El Diario de la Marina from 1930 to 1934. El Bobo quickly gained national recognition as a critical voice opposing the dictatorship of Gerardo Machado. By the second half of the 1930's, Abela returned to painting, employing a naturalistic style influenced by the Mexican Muralists, idealizing the Cuban peasant and countryside, as captured by the painting Los Guajiros(1938). In 1937, he was the director of the short-lived Free Studio of Painting and Sculpture, which offered an alternative to the elitist and highly structured artistic training of San Alejandro Academy. Abela served as Cuba's cultural attache to Mexico from 1941 to 1946 and to Guatemala from 1947 to 1952. The last and most productive phase of his artistic career began in the early 1950s and lasted for a decade. This so-called "magic period" was characterized by an expressionistic representation of a fantasy world inhabited by women, children, and animals.
The paintings and caricatures of Abela have been extensively exhibited in Havana since the 1920s, and to a lesser extent in Spain, France, Mexico, Guatemala, and the United States. He won several awards for his paintings, including prizes at the National Salons of 1938 and 1956. His works are housed in numerous private collections in Cuba, where he is also well represented at the National Museum in Havana. Outside of Cuba, his paintings reside in private collections in the Caribbean, Central America, the United States, Spain, and France.

 
 

Cuban Art Eduardo Abela 05283
Blushing Young Lady
(Muchacha Sonrojada)

Eduardo Abela
ca 1957
oil on wood
7 1/4 x 9 7/8 inches
05283
View More Images and Information on this Artwork

AVAILABLE

Cuban Art Eduardo Abela 05078
Children Playing
(Niños Jugando)

Eduardo Abela
ca 1955
mixed media on paper laid down on board
7 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches
05078
View More Images and Information on this Artwork

AVAILABLE

Cuban Art Eduardo Abela C5041 Ferrufo and Fina
(Ferrufo y Fina)

Eduardo Abela
1939
mixed media on heavy paper
17 x 11 1/4 inches
C5041

View More Images and Information on this Artwork

AVAILABLE
Cuban Art Eduardo Abela 06628 Girl
(Niña)

Eduardo Abela
ca 1960
oil on wood
9 x 8 3/4 inches
06628

View More Images and Information on this Artwork

RESERVED
Cuban Art Eduardo Abela C5424 Lady with Flowers (Dama con Flores)
Eduardo Abela
ca 1940-50
oil on wood
13 1/2 x 10 inches
C5424

View More Images and Information on this Artwork

AVAILABLE
Cuban Art Eduardo Abela 02755 Nude
(Desnudo)

Eduardo Abela
ca 1928
oil on paper laid down on board
20 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches
02755

View More Images and Information on this Artwork

AVAILABLE
Cuban Art Eduardo Abela C5201
Once upon a Time
(Había una Vez)

Eduardo Abela
ca 1955
oil on masonite
11 1/2 x 15 inches
C5201
View More Images and Information on this Artwork

AVAILABLE

Cuban Art Eduardo Abela C4290 Orchids
(Orquídeas)

Eduardo Abela
ca 1950
watercolor on heavy paper laid down on board
19 x 14 inches
C4290

View More Images and Information on this Artwork

AVAILABLE
Cuban Art Eduardo Abela 06385
Pianist in Paris
(Pianista en París)

Eduardo Abela
1953
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
06385
View More Images and Information on this Artwork

AVAILABLE

Cuban Art Eduardo Abela C4316 Surrealist Dream
(Sueño Surrealista)

Eduardo Abela
ca 1953
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
12 3/4 x 9 1/8 inches
C4316

View More Images and Information on this Artwork

AVAILABLE
Cuban Art Eduardo Abela C5210
The Afternoon
(La Tarde)

Eduardo Abela
1955
oil on wood
13 1/2 x 17 inches
C5210
View More Images and Information on this Artwork

AVAILABLE

Cuban Art Eduardo Abela C5212 The Bride
(La Novia)

Eduardo Abela
ca 1949
oil on wood
14 x 9 3/4 inches
C5212

View More Images and Information on this Artwork

AVAILABLE
Cuban Art Eduardo Abela 04929 The Fool
(El Bobo)

Eduardo Abela
ca 1932
ink on heavy paper laid down on board
11 1/8 x 8 inches
04929

View More Images and Information on this Artwork

AVAILABLE
Cuban Art Eduardo Abela 05709 The Fool
(El Bobo)

Eduardo Abela
1955-1956
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
5 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches
05709

View More Images and Information on this Artwork

SOLD
Cuban Art Eduardo Abela 05431 Young Girl Among Flowers
(Joven Entre Flores)

Eduardo Abela
ca 1954
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
12 x 8 1/2 inches
05431

View More Images and Information on this Artwork

AVAILABLE

View Publications of this Artist
Return to All Artists
 
Copyright 2002-2022, Cernuda Arte. All Rights Reserved