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Cuban Art Roberto Fabelo
José Martí
(Martí)

Roberto Fabelo
2005
oil on canvas
63 1/2 x 51 1/4 inches
SOLD

Exhibited in Cuban Art in the 20th Century, Cultural Identity and the International Avant Garde, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, Florida, February 2016. An exhibition which was later travelled to the Coral Gables Museum, January 22 – April 23, 2017, and illustrated in the accompanying catalog, page 99.

Illustrated in Important Cuban Artworks Volume Nine, Cernuda Arte, Coral Gables, Florida, page 99.

Acquired by a Private Collector in Dallas, Texas.



Cuban Art Roberto Fabelo
Head with Angels
(Cabeza con Angeles)

Roberto Fabelo
1999
oil on canvas
27 x 23 3/4 inches
AVAILABLE

PRICE UPON REQUEST


Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist by the prior owner.

Revered as a prolific painter, draftsman, sculptor and engraver, Roberto Fabelo is internationally recognized as one of Cuba’s most renowned contemporary artists. Underneath the ingeniousness of the artist’s depictions, there is a distinct existential framework of mind where the force of the imagery is transformed into surreal phenomena.

Rich with figuration, Fabelo’s strong aesthetic vision dissolves the physical, mental and temporal boundaries. The exceptional quality of his execution imbues his renditions with dreamlike scenarios and dramatic domains. This chimerical act, although grounded in the natural world, is more than anything a manifestation of the artist’s inner universe through his own pictorial language. Fabelo’s ebullient creativity not only reveals a fine line between reality and fantasy, but also appears to have some kind of allegorical significance beyond itself.

Head With Angels (1999) displays the artist’s unique aptitude for blending the gentle with the menacing, achieving the signature unsettling beauty which has catapulted his work to global recognition.



Cuban Art Mario Carreño
The Guateque Party
(El Guateque)

Mario Carreño
ca 1935
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
20 1/2 x 14 inches
SOLD IN THE LAST 30 DAYS


Exhibited in Sotheby’s New York, Latin American Art Sale, June 3 and 4, 1999 and illustrated in the accompanying catalog page 136, lot# 110.



Cuban Art  Demi
Child With Doves
(Niño con Palomas)

Demi
2000
acrylic on canvas
22 x 28 inches
SOLD

Illustrated in Important Cuban Artworks Volume Sixteen, Cernuda Arte, Coral Gables, Florida, 2018, page 160.

Acquired by a Private Collector in Coral Gables, Florida.



Cuban Art Flora Fong
Caribbean 3:00 PM
(Caribe 3:00 PM)

Flora Fong
2010
mixed media on canvas
23 1/2 x 19 3/4 inches
SOLD IN LAST 30 DAYS

Exhibited in Flora Fong & Li Domínguez Fong, The Mother, The Son: Two Artists, One Passion, Cernuda Arte, Coral Gables, Florida, Fall 2010, and illustrated in the accompanying exhibition catalog, page 16.

Acquired by a Private Collector in Orlando, Florida.



Cuban Art Alfredo Sosabravo
Portrait of John Doe
(Retrato de Fulanito de Tal)

Alfredo Sosabravo
2005
oil and collage on canvas
49 x 35 1/2 inches
SOLD

Illustrated in Important Cuban Artworks Volume Seventeen, Cernuda Arte, Coral Gables, Florida, 2019, page 126.

Acquired by a Private Collector in Fisher Island, Florida.



Cuban Art Manuel Mendive
Sharing (from the series 'The Offering")
(Compartiendo (de la serie "La Ofrenda))

Manuel Mendive
2001
mixed media on canvas
33 x 32 inches
SOLD IN THE LAST 30 DAYS

Provenance: Private Collection Caracas, Venezuela.



Cuban Art Manuel Mendive
The Tree of Life
(El Arbol de La Vida)

Manuel Mendive
2001
mixed media on canvas
29 3/4 x 39 3/4 inches
SOLD IN THE LAST 30 DAYS

Provenance: Private Collection Caracas, Venezuela.



Cuban Art Li Domínguez Fong
Searching for Other Roads
(A la Búsqueda de Otros Caminos)

Li Domínguez Fong
2010
mixed media on canvass
51 1/2 x 29 1/4 inches
SOLD IN THE LAST 30 DAYS

Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist.

Acquired by a Private Collector in Cumberland Foreside, Maine.



Cuban Art Gina Pellón
Silence
(El Silencio)

Gina Pellón
1981
mixed media on canvas
63 x 44 inches
AVAILABLE $38,000.00

Gina Pellón (1926-2014) is a recognized master who first studied at the San Alejandro Academy in Havana, Cuba, from 1948 to 1954 and later continued her education in Paris where she lived from 1959 till her death in 2014. In Europe, Gina first exhibited with the surrealists and later connected with the avant-garde COBRA group. COBRA was an influential movement which splintered from the André Breton camp and was characterized by free-experimental expression, vibrant coloration and fantastic imagery.

Gina’s career in Europe and the U.S. was very prolific with over forty personal exhibitions and over one hundred group shows. She had two museum retrospectives, dozens of publications related to her artwork and received many distinguished awards. Among the accolades garnered are the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et de Lettres, from the French government and the Cintas Foundation Fellowship, New York, USA. The artwork Silence (1981) was originally exhibited at Gina’s four-artist show at the Galerie Moderne in Denmark, the same year it was executed. In this painting, the artist deconstructs and then reassembles the female form in a spontaneous and anarchic way by placing and displacing elements that are consubstantial to the central figure. Her intention could have been to signal the viewer the internal tension provoked by the self-imposed silence, as expressed through the facial expression and tight lips of the woman. The frustration and anguish of such a condition generates a state of defiance emphasized by a set of big-open lips reappear on the lower right-hand side of the composition reinforcing Gina’s attitude toward the unjust. Gina’s unbridled feminism wins the day.



Cuban Art Irina Elén González
Tropical Angelus
(Angelus Tropical)

Irina Elén González
2013
acrylic on canvas
63 x 47 1/4 inches
AVAILABLE $18,000.00

Illustrated in Important Cuban Artworks Volume Twelve, Cernuda Arte, Coral Gables, Florida, page 120.

Exhibited at Art Miami Fair, December 2-7, 2014, Cernuda Arte.

The oneiric surrealist character of this painting contrasts with the exquisitely realistic draftsmanship of the Renaissance attire that adorns Angelus Tropical, and the vain attitude of the coquettish European poodle. Irina Elén González, born 1971 and living in Cuba, draws from her vast arsenal of historic knowledge of the arts as she encapsulates the composition in an imaginary tropical jungle landscape, a recourse that brings to mind the French post-impressionist master Henri Rousseau. The self-assuredness of the female figure accentuates central themes in Irina’s body of work, her militant feminism and passion for detail.



Cuban Art Giosvany Echevarría
Landscape Love
(Amor Paisaje)

Giosvany Echevarría
2019
oil on canvas
40 x 78 3/4 inches
AVAILABLE $13,000.00

Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist.

Giosvany Echevarría was born in Cuba in 1971. In 1986, he graduated from the Provincial School of Visual Arts in his province. Four years later, he completed graduate studies at the National School of Visual Arts in Havana. His hyper-realistic artwork has been exhibited in more than thirty group shows, including international venues and art fairs. Giosvany Echevarría has been represented by Cernuda Arte since 2005.

Giosvany’s renditions celebrate the majestic beauty of the Viñales Valley in the province of Pinar del Río, depicting its renowned mogotes (hillocks), rivers, streams and palm trees. Breathtaking sceneries unfurl with an artful blend of placid atmospheric mood and meticulous brushstrokes. His magnificent compositions clearly show the artist’s fascination with his surroundings and his mastery of the fine art of hyper-real landscape painting.



Cuban Art Jorge Luis Santos
The Eye of the Hurricane
(El Ojo del Huracán)

Jorge Luis Santos
2015
mixed media on canvas
51 1/4 x 51 1/4 inches
AVAILABLE

PRICE UPON REQUEST

Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist.

Illustrated in the book Jorge Luis Santos, Produced by Jorge Perez and Mario José Hernández, Selvi Artes Gráficas, Valencia, Spain, 2018 page 345.

Illustrated in Important Cuban Artworks Volume Seventeen, Cernuda Arte, Coral Gables, Florida, 2019, page 157.

Santos’ neo-expressionist oeuvre, which combines abstraction, text and figuration, draws great inspiration from artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose revolutionary work was among the first to include graffiti and text-based elements as integral components of the composition.

Jorge Luis Santos’s work is as much visual as it is visceral. In his artistry, there is not only form, color, line and a wealth of textured surfaces but also, a free passage of design. With an intuitive exploration of visual language, the artist works using a wide range of materials, delving into abstraction, concrete art, abstract-expressionism, collage, and exploratory techniques in mixed-media art.



Cuban Art Vicente Hernández
In Total Agreement
(En Total Acuerdo)

Vicente Hernández
2019
oil on canvas
46 1/4 x 58 inches
AVAILABLE $14,000.00

Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist.

Vicente Hernández is a contrarian surrealist artist, born 1971, who applies the vocabulary of the absurd and the magnification of the contradictions of everyday life that surround him to formulate an imagined and uninhabitable dystopian society on the island of Cuba, where he resides. In this matrix, the obstinacy of mass migration, the feverish flight from a chaotic irrational universe, dominates everything else. The collapse of a modicum of civilization- as the center cannot hold- drives a multitude of characters by any means possible (or ridiculously imagined) towards the promised land in the far away horizon, a Nirvana depicted in the form of the skyline of Miami.



Cuban Art Ismael Gómez Peralta
A Dark and Luminous Encounter at Santa María del Rosario Church
(Un Oscuro y Luminoso Encuentro en Santa María del Rosario)

Ismael Gómez Peralta
2004
oil on canvas
38 1/4 x 31 1/2 inches
SOLD IN THE LAST 30 DAYS

Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist.

Exhibited in Ismael Gómez Peralta, For Whom the Bells Cry, Cernuda Arte, Coral Gables, Florida, November-December 2005, and illustrated in the accompanying exhibition catalog, page n.n.

Acquired by a Private Collector in Miami, Florida.



Cuban Art Cundo Bermúdez
Two Dancers
(Dos Bailadores)

Cundo Bermúdez
1954
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
27 1/4 x 22 3/4 inches
AVAILABLE

PRICE UPON REQUEST

Cundo Bermúdez (1914 - 2008), an internationally renowned member of the Cuban Vanguardia movement, had a long and fruitful career that spanned over seventy years. His figurative, colorful and joyful paintings were exhibited in major museums throughout the world. One of the first Cuban artists to be collected by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, where he exhibited ten paintings in the landmark exhibition Cuban Painting Today (1944), curated by the museum’s director Alfred Barr.

His extensive curriculum includes exhibitions at the National Gallery, Washington D.C. (1945), the San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California (1945), the Portland Art Museum (1946), the Seattle Art Museum (1946), the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba (1959), Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela (1948), Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France (1951) and many others.

Cundo’s other passion and hobby was music and dance, as he was known to paint while listening to his favorite “danzones” by Cuban composers and musicians. Occasionally he would interrupt the painting process and start moving along with the tunes. His melodious nature would sometimes prevail over the brushes. Interestingly, Cundo’s paintings about music and dance have been favored by collectors, one example being his work The Four Musicians (1942), record holder at the international auction circuit, where it sold for $486,000.00, over 20 years ago.



Cuban Art Gina Pellón
My Dye
(Mi Tinte)

Gina Pellón
2000
mixed media on canvas
31 3/4 x 25 1/2 inches
SOLD IN THE LAST 30 DAYS

Provenance: Mario Amiguet Collection, Coral Gables, Florida.

Acquired by a Private Collector in Fisher Island, Florida.



Cuban Art Eduardo Abela
Girl
(Niña)

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

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Eduardo Abela, First Generation Cuban Modernist, is considered by specialists a precursor of Surrealism in Latin America. (See among other bibliography, Inverted Utopias, Mari Carmen Ramírez and Héctor Olea, Yale University Press and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2004).

Abela’s oeuvre spans over half a century and interestingly, it is his late period works from the 1950’s to his death that currently receive the most attention in art circles. Girl, ca. 1960, is part of a group of paintings dedicated to children. As Dr. Roberto Cobas (Head Curator of 20th Century Cuban Art for the National Museum of Cuba) states in the book Abela, From the Real to the Imaginary, Ediciones Vanguardia Cubana, 2010, page 25, “The thematic predilection of Abela was centered around the world of children and the amazing fantasies derived from it. This powerful source of inspiration was the nucleus of the artist’s final creative cycle. In this ambiance, he could mix fable and reality, and all artistic transgressions seemed possible.” Girl is an excellent representation of this period, a painting that was displayed at the Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture, in the exhibition Abela, Magic and Fables, and illustrated on page 7 of the corresponding catalogue. A copy of the catalogue accompanies the work.



Cuban Art Víctor Manuel García
Town by the River
(Pueblo Junto al Río)

Víctor Manuel García
ca. 1940's
oil on canvas laid down on board
18 5/8 x 13 1/2 inches
AVAILABLE

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Provenance: Private Collection of Charge d’Affaire to the Danish Foreign Ministry in Cuba, 1980’s.

Víctor Manuel García (1897-1969) has been acknowledged as the founding artist of modernism on the island and a precursor of the New Art in Latin America.

Since his early youth, while attending classes at the San Alejandro Academy, Víctor Manuel sensed that his creative impulse was with the emerging Modernist movement in the arts. As early as 1917 we find his Modernist artworks in exhibition at the national Salon de Bellas Artes, sharing walls and crossing swords with the consecrated traditional painters of the prevailing conservative art scene of the epoch.

By 1925 the artist had saved, borrowed and cajoled sufficient funds to travel to and live in Europe where he connected directly with the School of Paris and the bohemian ambiance of Montparnasse. In 1927, Víctor Manuel, upon his return to Havana, presents the first one-artist exhibition of Modern Vanguardia art in his country.

His art had matured in France where he confronted the creations of Gaugin, Toulouse Lautrec, Cézanne and Modigliani. He opted for an art that defined and excelled national, ethnic, social and geographic characteristics with an insular sensitivity to color and atmosphere.

Everyday people, workers, peasants, children, lovers and people of color inhabit his canvases to the shocking surprise of the stagnant society of the times, where status and access to the arts were defined by race, lineage and wealth.

Víctor Manuel along with Rivera, Siqueiros, Orozco, Di Cavalcanti, do Amaral, Carlos Enríquez and others in Mexico, Brazil and Cuba conceived their art as an instrument of social change. His audacity in the extended Fin de Siècle climate of Cuba in the 1920’s secured him many enemies then and now the historic recognition reserved for visionaries.

In Town by the River, we have an excellent example of a subject matter and composition that was much favored by the artist. “For many, the landscape genre is one of the best contributions in all the production of Víctor Manuel… [a series] with river scenes of a bucolic climate, that is mostly painted in the 1940’s… in which time seems to be at a standstill, while the scene is full of emotion.” Ramón Vázquez Díaz, Guide to Cuban Art, National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana.



Cuban Art Alfredo Sosabravo
Carnival of the Animals
(Carnaval de los Animales)

Alfredo Sosabravo
1992
oil on canvas
39 1/2 x 50 1/2 inches
SOLD

Exhibited in Sosabravo, Hotel Inglaterra, Havana, Cuba, June 1996, illustrated in the corresponding exhibition catalog, page nn.

Acquired by a Private Collector in Dallas, Texas.



Cuban Art Manuel Mendive
Agogo Bell
(Campana Agogo)

Manuel Mendive
2001
mixed media on canvas
26 x 37 inches
SOLD IN THE LAST 30 DAYS

Provenance: Private Collection Caracas, Venezuela.



Cuban Art Manuel Mendive
The Mother and Her Child
(La Madre con su Hijo)

Manuel Mendive
2002
mixed media on canvas
30 x 39 1/2 inches
SOLD IN THE LAST 30 DAYS

Provenance: Private Collection Caracas, Venezuela.



Cuban Art Agustín Cárdenas
Vertical Composition
(Composición Vertical)

Agustín Cárdenas
1957
bronze sculpture, 3 of 3
99 1/2 x 13 x 10 1/4 inch
SOLD

Provenance: Signed, dated, numbered and marked with the foundry’s identification, Fonderia Tesconi, Pietrasanta, Italy.

Exhibited in Cárdenas - sculptures récentes, Le Point Cardinal, Paris, France, May – July, 1973, and illustrated in the corresponding exhibition catalog, number 28.
Exhibited in Cárdenas, Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques, Paris, France, June – September, 1981, and illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, listed as number one.

Illustrated in the book La Sculpture de Cárdenas, La Connaisance, Brussels, 1971, number 28 (in the artist’s studio).
Illustrated in the book Cárdenas: Sculpture 1947-1997, SKIRA Editore, Milan, Italy, page 78.

Illustrated in Important Cuban Artworks Volume Seventeen, Cernuda Arte, Coral Gables, Florida, 2019, page 81.

Acquired by a Private Collector in Fisher Island, Florida.



Cuban Art Juan Roberto Diago
Born to Live No.1
(Nacido para Vivir No.1)

Juan Roberto Diago
2020
mixed media on canvas
39 ½ x 31 ½ inches
AVAILABLE $18,000.00

Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist.

One of the most successful artists in contemporary Cuba, Juan Roberto Diago creates with oil paint, resins, asphalt, discarded wood, iron drums and recovered metals on canvases, papers and other support structures. His one focus is on the history and social reality of the black people from the times of slavery to the present. The artist deals with the pain, anger and frustrations of abuse, poverty, incarceration, alienation and discrimination that has flagellated his race for centuries.

In the recent past, Diago’s artistic career has been recognized with a one person retrospective exhibition at Harvard University’s Ethelbert Cooper Gallery, and the publication of the book Diago: The Pasts of this Afro-Cuban Present, by Professor Alejandro de la Fuente in 2017; a one person presentation at the Kennedy Center as part of the event, Artes de Cuba in 2018; a one person retrospective exhibition at the Lowe Museum of the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, curated by Alejandro de la Fuente and Jill Deupi in 2019 and a nine-work presentation at the Fairfield University Museum, as part of the 2020 exhibition, Archives of Consciousness: Six Cuban Artists.



Cuban Art Miguel Florido
I Will Wait for You Until the End
(Yo Te Esperaré Hasta el Fin)

Miguel Florido
2019-20
oil on canvas
78 1/2 x 39 inches
SOLD IN THE LAST 30 DAYS

Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist.

Acquired by a Private Collector in New York, New York.



Cuban Art Flora Fong
Coastal Zone
(Zona Costera)

Flora Fong
1998
oil on canvas
31 7/8 x 39 3/8 inches
SOLD

Exhibited in Out of Cuba, Sosabravo and Flora Fong, the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo, Florida, March 5 – May 1, 2005, and illustrated in the accompanying exhibition catalog, page 22.

Acquired by a Private Collector in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.



Cuban Art Sandro De La Rosa
Dream Not So Quiet
(Sueño, No Tan a lo Pairo)

Sandro De La Rosa
2020
oil on canvas
60 x 48 inches
AVAILABLE $15,000.00

Born in Cuba, in 1972, Sandro de la Rosa has been represented exclusively by Cernuda Arte since 2002. As a faithful archetype of his generation, Sandro de La Rosa confronted the representational inertia and worries generated by the conceptual impetus of the eighties and its social repercussions to which he responded by incorporating formal aesthetics and a polished, academic technique into otherwise dreamlike, surreal renderings. He is a gifted draftsman of extraordinary skill and palette, an artist that has the pertinence and temperament necessary to be able to reach excellence. On his canvases, canons and styles of different eras, such as the Byzantine, Renaissance, Modern and Baroque, intermingle to compose a sort of collage, a scenography of estrangement, through which he allows –with great subtlety– a glimpse of some unequivocal sign of his immediate reality.



Cuban Art Lilian García-Roig
Snake Vines
Lilian García-Roig
2007
oil on canvas
48 x 36 inches
SOLD IN THE LAST 30 DAYS

Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist.

Acquired by a Private Collector in Miami, Florida.



Cuban Art Danuel Méndez
Where Freedom Begins
(Donde Comienza la Libertad)

Danuel Méndez
2020
acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 inches
AVAILABLE $9,000.00

Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist.

This young emerging voice in the world of contemporary painting creates figurative and abstract compositions of profound psychological tension and energy. Danuel Méndez, born in Cuba, 1989, graduated from the prestigious San Alejandro Academy in 2010. In 2016 he arrived in Miami where he now lives.

The painting Where Freedom Begins (2020), is part of the “Lost in the Woods” series that Danuel initiated in 2019. In these depictions, the artist alludes to the challenges that post-modern information and internet age present to those who confront this futuristic lifestyle, unexpectedly and abruptly, without the benefits of a gradual incorporation to the social fabric of the advanced societies.

In this artwork the couple, in center stage, struggles to find a path amidst the dense foliage of wild vegetation. The thick and violently applied brushstrokes transmit a fearful, impenetrable and threatening climate where disorientation compounds the perils, while the solidarity of the couple towards each other exudes a glimmer of hope.



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