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Mario Carreño

Cuban  •  1913-1999

Biography

Throughout his career, Mario Carreño produced a large body of diverse work ranging in style from Neo-Classical Figuration to Abstraction, and he is widely recognized as a key figure in Modern Cuban art. Carreño spent his formative years abroad, visiting Mexico in 1935 and later traveling throughout Europe in the 1940s. While in Europe, Carreño drew great inspiration from such contemporary avant-garde styles as Expressionism, Cubism and Abstraction.

Like Amelia Peláez, Carlos Enrique and other second-generation Vanguardia artists, Carreño aimed to incorporate European Modernist style into his oeuvre while developing a nationalist visual lexicon. His seminal works from the '40s, including Fuego en el Batey, Corte de Caña and Danza Afrocubana are brilliantly colored Duco works that each represent an essential element of Cuban identity.

Insights

  • Carreño participated in the 1951 São Paulo Biennial and the 1952 Venice Biennale.

  • His works are exhibited in many important museums including the Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana, Havana, Cuba and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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