Weekend Artists Series, Part 3: Servando Cabrera Moreno

Servando Cabrera Moreno - Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre
(1923-1981)

This prolific Cuban painter had more than one hundred and thirty expos of his work…

He was born in La Habana in 1923 on Calle Obispo No. 105, piso 3…a street now known in the Cuban capital as the street of artists where there are many state and independent galleries…

His initial art education was at the Academia de Bellas Artes San Alejandro. He graduated in 1942, however, two years earlier he had exhibited…his first…at the XXII Salón de Bellas Artes. It was February of 1940. His initiation as an artist took place at the Liceum de La Habana in September of 1943. From them on he exhibited his works, linked closely to classicist works of the academy, at the annual shows of the Círculo de Bellas Artes as well as in other institutions.

Servando Cabrera Moreno always said he was greatly influenced by Picasso. Following the education provided by this great master…not directly a student but a painter who learned by studying the works of Picasso…Cabrera was able to systematically break away from his classical and academic style of painting and develop a different avenue for his work. In 1946 he went to New York. He took classes at the Art Students League of New York and it is during this time that he started working for the theatre, designing sets and costumes.

He is recognised as one of Cuba’s great painters, with an extensive history as well as many joint and single exhibitions. He died in 1981 at the age of 58 in La Habana…

I will, as usual, post a companion piece, a photo montage video of his works with original music. I do this, of course, to promote our YouTube channel and also hoping to get the word out there that artists as well as art lovers and collectors, should get involved in conversations and dialogue with each other, therefore I would love your likes, your shares and your subscription (YouTube) but more so, I would love your comments so that we can engage in dialogue, discussion, debate (but nicely)…

THANK YOU!

4 comments

  1. Brad Osborne · 4 Days Ago

    I love how you make the distinction that being a student of another artist does not require that you be instructed directly by them. Studying their art, techniques, and influences can impart the same knowledge as sharing a studio. I know this to be true because I have learned so much from you here. Well written, my friend!

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 4 Days Ago

      Thank you my friend. Yes, I feel I’ve learned so much from just visiting the museums, studying the artists that I admire and also from trying to see the way they saw things, places and people. I’m always learning, every time I see a painting, whether I like it or dislike it, it always teaches me something and you my friend, are one of my teachers when it comes to my great artistic love, which is poetry. Thank you!

  2. Mario Ruiz · 4 Days Ago

    The most audacious Cuban paintor of all time.

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