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Cuban Art Teodoro RíosRefuge

Author: Teodoro Ríos
Year: 1934
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 61 x 57 inches
Inventory No: 02298

Exhibited at the Second Hispanic American Art Biennal, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba, 1954, and illustrated in the accompanying catalog.

Illustrated in Important Cuban Artworks Volume Five, Cernuda Arte, Coral Gables, Florida, page 21.

Teodoro Ríos (1917–1992) was born on October 29, 1917 in Cabaiguán, Cuba. At the age of twelve, he moved with his family to the Canary Islands in Spain. He studied at the Circle of Fine Arts of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and in 1935 he was awarded a scholarship and attended the School of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid. Ríos had various one-person exhibitions in several cities in Spain and the United States. In 1949 he returns to Cuba and participates in the Lyceum of Havana where he exhibits thirty artworks. Distinguished still life, landscape and physiognomic painter, he created, among other notable works, the widely recognized portrait of writer Dulce María Loynaz.1 This portrait was the chosen published depiction of the writer when she won the Cervantes Award in 1992. In 1953 Teodoro Ríos exhibited at the Circle of Professionals in Camagüey and also at the Catholic Cultural House. In 1954 he exhibited at the controversial second Hispanic-American Arts Biennial in Havana with two artworks. His painting, The Refuge, was selected for distinction. In 1959, Ríos returned to the Canary Islands where he continued his fruitful career. On February 7, 1992, Teodoro Ríos died in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Ramón Cernuda

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