I was born in Havana in 1964, to a modest, yet intellectually curious family. Throughout my childhood and youth, I watched my father's architectural drawings and the handicrafts of local artists and craftsmen, and I began to feel drawn to what humans are capable of expressing and creating with their hands.
However, I went on to study Veterinary Medicine until one day working at the Havana zoo, I found a fang that a lion had lost and, instinctively, I started to carve it. This chance event prompted me to sign up for the entrance exams to study at the San Alejandro School of Art. Two months later, I was studying sculpture, my true calling, leaving behind veterinary medicine.
I began this new phase in a jewellery workshop, where I learned to create jewellery designs and execute them. But the final push towards the meaning of Art was transmitted to me by the sculptor René Negrín. My initial wood sculptures were joined by stone, marble and steel; and later, wood carving.
Since 1990, I have taken part in dozens of individual and group exhibitions in museums and art galleries which, along with public works, have allowed my creations to gain exposure over the years. For more than 20 years, I have also participated on a regular basis in monumental sculpture symposiums that have taken my works to Brazil, Russia and Italy, among other countries.
Having been born and having lived on the island of Cuba has defined my personality and how I see the world, and my work is a reflection of that. But insularity has its limits, and the need to overcome them has brought me to Sitges (Spain), where I have lived and worked, alternating with Havana, since 2012. My works and current projects, which continue to be Cuban in their form and concept, now include digital technologies and a touch of the Mediterranean.
1988 - 1991 Associate degree in Art, San Alejandro Art School, Havana, Cuba.
1989 - 1990 Jewellery studies, Coral Negro Corporation S.A, Havana, Cuba
SOLO EXHIBITIONS (Selection)
2016 Hotel Eurostars Convento Capuchinos, Segovia, Spain, Aramis Justiz y Rafael Ruz
2014 Casa de la Obra Pía Gallery, Havana, Cuba, Impacto
2009 National Museum of Colonial Art, Havana, Cuba, Abstracciones
2006 National Museum of Colonial Art, Havana, Cuba, En Movimiento
2004 Orígenes Art Gallery, Havana, Cuba, A mi manera
2002 Servando Cabrera Moreno Art Gallery, Havana, Cuba. Vivencias
2001 Casa Benito Juárez Art Gallery, Havana, Cuba, Fuerza viva
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (Selection)
2019 Miramar Cultural Centre, Sitges, Spain, Finalists in the XXIII Pere Jou Contest
2019 Inbe Art Space, Hall of Awa Japanese Paper Museum, Yoshinogawa City, Japan, Awagami International Mini-Print Exhibition
2018 Alejo Carpentier Gallery, Havana, Cuba, De la idea a la forma, travelling exhibition
2017 Miramar Cultural Centre, Sitges, Spain, Finalists in the XXI Pere Jou Contest
2016 Guerrero Gallery, Sitges, Spain
2015 Habana Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2012 11th Havana Biennial, Complejo Morro-Cabaña, Havana, Cuba, Contemporary Cuban Sculpture
2012 11th Havana Biennial, Pabexpo, Havana, Cuba, Proyecto HB
2011 Veldtart Art Gallery, Mehmels, Germany
2011 La Confronta Art Gallery, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Habana-Santiago
2010 Casa del ALBA Cultural Art Gallery, Havana, Cuba, 10 escultores cubanos
2009 Taller Experimental de la Gráfica, Havana, Cuba
2007 National Museum of Colonial Art, Havana, Cuba, Espacio Común
2006 Electa Arenal Art Gallery, Holguín, Cuba, 4th Ibero-American Plastic Arts Show
2004 Pablo de la Torriente Brau Culture Centre, Havana, Cuba, 6th International Digital Art Show
PUBLIC ART (Selection)
2015 Caransebes, Romania, Parcul de sculptura in andezit
2011 Mehmels, Germany, Katzarstrasse.
2010 Havana, Cuba, Casa de las Tejas Verdes, Centre for the Promotion of Modern and Contemporary Arquitecture,
2010 Penza, Russia. Chitie Prudy
2010 Bayamo, Cuba, Plaza de la Patria.
2008 Vilnoja, Lituania, Akmens skulpturu parkas
2008 Soria, Spain, Paseo de San Prudencio.
2006 Havana, Cuba, Colonial Art Museum
2005 Las Tunas, Cuba, Bosque por la Paz
2003 Brusque, Brazil, Parque das esculturas
2016 Fordongianus, Italy, Simposio Internazionale di scultura su Pietra Trachite
2015 Caransebes, Romania, Simpozionul Internaional de Sculptura în Andezit
2014 Bayamo, Cuba, Simposio de Escultura en mármol
2011 Mehmels, Germany, Internationales Bildhauersymposium
2010 Bayamo, Cuba, Simposio Nacional de esculturas
2010 Penza, Russia, International Sculpture and Painting Symposium
2008 Manzanillo, Cuba, Simposio Nacional de Escultura en mármol
2008 Soria, Spain, I Intercambio cultural Soria-Cuba
2008 Vilnoja, Lithuania, Granito skulpturu simpoziumas
2006 Bayamo, Cuba, Simposio Rita Longa
2005 Las Tunas, Cuba, Bienal de Escultura Rita Longa
2003 Brusque, Brazil, III Simpósio Internacional de Esculturas
AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS
2019 2nd prize in the 23rd Pere Jou Contest, Sitges, Spain
2017 Finalist in the 21st Pere Jou Contest, Sitges, Spain
2016 1st prize in the International Sculpture Symposium, Fordongianus, Italy.
2008 1st prize in the International Granite Sculpture Symposium, Vilnoja, Lithuania.
2004 Finalist in the VI International Digital Art Show, Havana, Cuba
Colonial Art Museum, Havana, Cuba.
Soria City Hall Collection, Soria, Spain.
ISS Museum, Penza, Russia.
Bernardo Quetglas, Spain.
Colección Viñas-Gil, Spain.
María de Lourdes Duke, USA
Eugene Grin, USA
Leila Aldoghaither, Dubai
Unión Nacional de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba
Asociación internacional de eventos de escultura monumental