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Cuban Art René PortocarreroRené Portocarrero
Period: The Vanguard
1912 - 1985

Woman in Profile
Mujer de Perfil, 1979
gouache on heavy paper
30 x 22 inches

Born in the neighborhood of El Cerro, Havana, in 1912. He began painting from an early age and at 14, he entered the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts. Having a strong temperament and unable to adapt to this apprenticeship, he left the institution and started working on his own. His work was first exhibited at the Salon of Fine Arts in Havana. Portocarrero was a professor at the Free Institute of Painting and Sculpture directed by Eduardo Abela in 1939. The artist traveled through Haiti, Europe and the US, where he opened an exhibition at the Julian Levy Gallery, in New York, in 1945. He also worked on many murals and ceramics.

Portocarrero's works are exhibited in the permanent collections of the Museums of Modern Arts of: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York, and San Francisco; at the National Gallery in Canada; at Bellas Artes, Caracas; the Milwaukee Art Center, The Pan American Union in Washington; Modern Arts of Paris; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Art Museum, Indianapolis; Bellas Artes, Montevideo; Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires; Instituto de Arte Contemporaneo, Lima, Peru; and at the National Museum in Havana.


He painted tirelessly since his childhood and never planned any of his work. In his spontaneity, he had no idea what work he would create until the brush was about to strike the canvas. The artist died in Havana on April 7, 1985.

 
 

Cuban Art René Portocarrero 03729 Face
(Rostro)

René Portocarrero
ca 1965
ceramic tile, one of a kind
11 1/2 x11 1/4 x1 1/2 in.
03729

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 05727 Angel
(Angel)

René Portocarrero
1942
graphite on heavy paper laid down on board
9 3/4 x 7 inches
05727

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 02326 Angel with Flower Vase
(Angel con Florero)

René Portocarrero
1955
ink on heavy paper laid down on board
13 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches
02326

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 02303 Ascension
(Ascensión)

René Portocarrero
1943
watercolor on paper
17 3/4 x 12 inches
02303

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 05978
At the Carnival
(En el Carnaval)

René Portocarrero
1970
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
19 3/4 x 25 3/4 inches
05978
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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 06821
Carnival Dancers
(Bailadores de Carnaval)

René Portocarrero
1945
oil on board laid down on masonite
28 1/4 x 36 1/4 inches
06821
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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 06501 Cathedral
(Catedral)

René Portocarrero
1961
oil on canvas
26 3/4 x 20 inches
06501

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 05655 Cathedral in Blue
(Catedral en Azul)

René Portocarrero
1975
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on canvas
30 x 21 inches
05655

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 05496 Cathedral in Blue Background
(Catedral en Azul)

René Portocarrero
1971
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on canvas
28 3/4 x 19 7/8 inches
05496

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 05302 Cathedral in Sienna
(Catedral en Siena)

René Portocarrero
1961
oil on canvas
31 1/8 x 23 inches
05302

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 06551 Christ on the Cross
(Cristo en La Cruz)

René Portocarrero
1943
ink on heavy paper laid down on board
14 x 9 3/4 inches
06551

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 06613
City of Havana
(Ciudad de La Habana)

René Portocarrero
ca 1965
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on masonite
23 3/4 x 28 3/4 inches
06613
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Cuban Art René Portocarrero C4426 Clotaldo
(Clotaldo)

René Portocarrero
1948
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
22 1/2 x 14 1/4 inches
C4426

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 05454
Dancers
(Bailarines)

René Portocarrero
1947
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
14 x 18 inches
05454
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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 06724
Dancers, from the Carnival Series
(Bailadores, de la Serie Carnavales)

René Portocarrero
1970
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
19 1/2 x 25 3/4 inches
06724
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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 04645 Dancing Figures
(Figuras Bailando)

René Portocarrero
ca 1948
pastel on paper
20 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches
04645

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 06760
Family at the Carnival
(Familia en el Carnaval)

René Portocarrero
1971
mixed media on heavy paper
laid down on board
19 1/2 x 25 3/4 inches
06760
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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 06723
Family Dancing, from the Carnival series
(Familia Bailando, de la Serie Carnavales)

René Portocarrero
1970
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
19 1/2 x 25 3/4 inches
06723
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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 05119
Floating City
(Ciudad Flotante)

René Portocarrero
1952
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
11 x 13 3/4 inches
05119
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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 04606
Flower Vase
(Florero)

René Portocarrero
1962
oil on canvas
20 x 24 inches
04606
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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 03836 Flower Vase
(Florero)

René Portocarrero
1942
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
14 x 9 1/2 inches
03836

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 06836
Flower Vase in Green Background
(Florero en Fondo Verde)

René Portocarrero
1966
oil on canvas
20 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches
06836
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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 03835 Flower
(Flor)

René Portocarrero
1942
ink on heavy paper laid down on board
14 x 9 1/2 inches
03835

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 05542 Flowers
(Flores)

René Portocarrero
1969
oil on canvas
16 3/4 x 12 7/8 inches
05542

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero C5647
Flowers
(Flores)

René Portocarrero
1970
oil on canvas
20 1/8 x 16 1/8 inches
C5647
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Cuban Art René Portocarrero C0420 Harlequins
(Arlequines)

René Portocarrero
1943
pencil on paper
13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches
C0420

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 06667
Havana
(La Habana)

René Portocarrero
1963
mixed media on canvas
33 x 44 3/4 inches
06667
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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 05534
Havana Landscape
(Paisaje de La Habana)

René Portocarrero
1961
oil on canvas
25 1/8 x 26 1/8 inches
05534
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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 05352 Interior with Flower Vases
(Interior con Floreros)

René Portocarrero
1942
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
13 3/4 x 9 5/8 inches
05352

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 05392 Madonna with Angels and Child
(Madonna con Angeles y Niño)

René Portocarrero
1945
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
22 1/4 x 17 5/8 inches
05392

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 05826
Masked Figures, from the Carnival Series
(Figuras Enmascaradas, de la Serie Carnavales)

René Portocarrero
1970
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
19 3/4 x 25 1/2 inches
05826
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Cuban Art René Portocarrero C0152 Mermaid of the Caibarien
(La Sirenita de Caibarién)

René Portocarrero
1973
ink on paper
11 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches
C0152

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero C0153 Mermaid
(Sirena)

René Portocarrero
1975
ink on paper
11 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches
C0153

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 06442 Ornamented Figure
(Figura Ornamentada)

René Portocarrero
ca 1968
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
21 x 16 1/2 inches
06442

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 04105 Ornamented Figure with Carnival Headpiece
(Figura Ornamentada con Tocado de Carnaval)

René Portocarrero
1963
gouache on heavy paper laid down on board
30 x 22 inches
04105

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 04807 Ornamented Figure with Mask
(Figura Ornamentada con Máscara)

René Portocarrero
1963
collage and ink on heavy paper laid down on board
29 3/4 x 21 7/8 inches
04807

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 05440 Ornamented Figure
(Figura Ornamentada)

René Portocarrero
1964
ink on heavy paper laid down on board
29 x 23 inches
05440

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 03094 Ornamented Head of a Woman
(Cabeza de Mujer Ornamentada)

René Portocarrero
1975
mixed media on heavy paper
29 x 20 inches
03094

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 05537 Ornamented Woman
(Mujer Ornamentada)

René Portocarrero
1968
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
28 1/2 x 22 inches
05537

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 03470 Portrait of Flora and Dove
(Retrato de Flora con Paloma)

René Portocarrero
1982
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
24 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches
03470

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 05350 Portrait of Maria Luisa
(Retrato de Maria Luisa)

René Portocarrero
1941
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
14 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches
05350

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 05657 Praying Figure
(Figura Orante)

René Portocarrero
ca 1937
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
14 x 11 inches
05657

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 02257 Profile of Woman
(Mujer de Perfil)

René Portocarrero
1979
gouache on heavy paper laid down on board
30 x 22 inches
02257

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero C4425 Rosaura in Men's Attire
(Rosaura en Traje Masculino)

René Portocarrero
1948
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
22 1/2 x 14 3/8 inches
C4425

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero C4867 Santa Barbara
(Santa Bárbara)

René Portocarrero
ca 1960
oil on canvas
13 x 9 1/4 inches
C4867

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 06528
Screen
(Parabán)

René Portocarrero
1957
mixed media on wooden panels
79 x 114 inches
06528
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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 05703
Shooting Range
(Tiro al Blanco)

René Portocarrero
1952
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
9 3/8 x 12 5/8 inches
05703
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Cuban Art René Portocarrero C5578 The Party
(La Fiesta)

René Portocarrero
1946
pastel on heavy paper
19 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches
C5578

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 06509
Three Figures
(Tres Figuras)

René Portocarrero
1952
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
11 x 13 5/8 inches
06509
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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 05433
Two Carnival Figures
(Dos Figuras de Carnaval)

René Portocarrero
1970
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
19 3/4 x 25 5/8 inches
05433
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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 06668
Viñales Valley Landscape
(Valle de Viñales Paisaje)

René Portocarrero
1944
oil on canvas
31 x 23 1/2 inches
06668
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Cuban Art René Portocarrero C0209 Visage and Doves
(Rostro y Palomas)

René Portocarrero
1981
ink on paper
16 x 13 inches
C0209

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero C3156 Woman and Dove
(Mujer y Paloma)

René Portocarrero
1981
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
15 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches
C3156

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero C2755 Woman and Doves
(Mujer y Palomas)

René Portocarrero
1981
mixed media on paper
16 x 13 inches
C2755

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 01640 Woman in Interior
(Mujer en Interior)

René Portocarrero
1943
ink and pencil on paper, laid down on board
14 x 9 3/4 inches
01640

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 03837 Woman in Interior
(Mujer en Interior)

René Portocarrero
1942
ink on heavy paper laid down on board
14 x 9 1/2 inches
03837

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 06834
Woman in Interior
(Mujer en Interior)

René Portocarrero
1947
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
22 5/8 x 14 3/4 inches
06834
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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 00499 Women in the Garden
(Mujeres en el Jardín)

René Portocarrero
1947
mixed media on paper
13 x 10 inches
00499

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero 05444 Young Lady in Interior
(Joven en Interior)

René Portocarrero
1949
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
19 3/4 x 14 inches
05444

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