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Aldo Menéndez

 

Aldo Menéndez (b. Cienfuegos, Cuba, 1948) A multifaceted artist and intellectual, in conjunction with the Master Samuel Feijóo, Aldo started very early in the 60s in Performance. And as if all this was not enough, Menéndez was part of the well-known Cuban poster boom of the 60’s - 70’s. Since 1968 when he has made his first personal exhibition, there are innumerable individual and collective shows in which he participates in Cuba and in countless nations. He is also one of the pioneers of photorealism on the island (1973-80). Is the founder of the mythical Print shop of silkscreen Rene Portocarrero of Havana (1973). He is considered a prominent journalist and a promoter of the arts. In 1972, five years after leaving the Cubanacan National Art School, his paintings and drawings were incorporated into the permanent collection of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana. In 1973 he founded the magazine Revolución y Cultura and is artistically directs and writes for it for 9 years. In the 80’s he is an adviser to the Wifredo Lam Center and the National Museum, at the same time a prominent figure in Contested art (alternative). In 1987, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Cuba awarded him the National Order of Cuban Culture. Aldo left his country in 1990, moving to Spain and subsequently to the United States in 1995 where he lives today. He is fully devoted to his work, which is highly esteemed in both countries and has been exhibited in places as notable as the Arts Pavilion at the Universal Expo/Sevilla; the Centro Cultural de la Villa in Madrid; Casa de América, Madrid; La Tertulia Museum, Cali, Colombia, Museo Linares, Mexico and the Museum of Latin American Art of California, among others. Countless awards and participation in international fairs such as: Art Miami and Art America. Founding member of the Biennial Interactional Wifredo Lam in Havana and Screen Printers International Meeting of Havana. Also currently writes art critics for the newspaper El Nuevo Herald, Art Districts, Art Pulse, Art Nexus and Art on Cuba magazines, among others.