Arturo Montoto



 




Pinar del Río, Cuba, 1953

Member of the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists (UNEAC)
Member of the Experimental Graphics Workshop of Havana



STUDIES

1968 ¿ 1972

Pinar del Río School of Art

1973 ¿ 1977

Havana National School of Art

1977

A short spell in Havana Superior School of Art

1978

Obtained a scholarship to study in the State Institute of Arts V.I. Surikov, Moscow

1978 ¿ 1984

State Institute of Arts V.I. Surikov, Moscow, where he obtained his degree, "Master of Fine Arts", specialising in Wall Painting



PROFESSIONAL WORK

1986 ¿ 1993

Was professor of the Havana Superior Institute of Art, occupying the position of Head of Painting from 1990

1996 y 1997

Developed and dictated various theory-practice courses to professional artists in Chile

2002

Invited to a Residency at the University of Maine, at Agusta, in the United States, where he gave painting and drawing workshops, and conferences on his work



RECOGNITION

2002

Territory Medal, granted by the Council of Administration of Guanabacoa, Havana, Cuba

Diploma in honour of his notable artistic trajectory, granted by the Municipal Direction of Culture and the Council of Administration, in the month of June, Havana, Cuba

Curaduria National Prize 2001, with David Mateo, for his personal Exhibition, Camera Painting, National Council of Plastic Arts, Havana, Cuba

2001

Diploma of Artistic Merit for the contribution of his work, Superior Institute of Art and Ministry of Culture, Havana, Cuba

Acknowledgement of his valuable artistic trajectory and his links with the cultural management of the institution, granted by the Provincial Centre of Plastic Arts and Design, Havana, Cuba

2000

Certificate of Appreciation (Latin American Art Association & Contemporary Artists Dictionary) for his contribution to the development of Hispanic culture in the United States, Florida, United States

1986

Photographic Mention, National Salon of Prize-winners, National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba

1985

Second Prize for photography, Pinar del Río, Cuba
First Prize for photography, Pinar del Río, Cuba



WORKS IN COLLECTIONS

2003

Lowe Art Museum, Miami University, Florida, United States

2002

National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba

2001

Pinar del Río Museum of Art (MAPRI), Cuba

2000

Basilica del Convento de San Francisco de Asis Museum, Old Havana, Cuba

1999

Vatican Museums, Italy

1998

Ceramic Works in the Permanent Gallery of the Inglaterra Hotel, Havana, Cuba

1997

PROA Foundation, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1996

Coca-Cola de Chile, Santiago, Chile

1995

Hispano-American Friendship Society, French Guyana

1991

History of Pinar del Río Museum, Cuba In private collections in Argentina, Costa Rica, Colombia, United States, Brazil, Mexico, France, Spain, Russia, Italy, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Panama, Puerto Rico, Chile and Cuba.



PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS

2003

Silent Ambits, 8th. Havana Biennial, Pinar del Río Museum of Art, Cuba.

Chiaroscuro Small Space, photography, Cnap, Havana, Cuba.
Chiaroscuro, photography, 8th Habana Biennial, Galería Palacio Lombillo, Plaza de La Catedral, Old Havana.
Chiaroscuro, photography, Galería Pequeño Espacio, CNAP, Havana, Cuba

Mirages, paintings, Las Americas Museum, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

2002

Arturo Montoto, graphic work, 1903 Gallery, O¿Farrill Palace, Old Havana, Cuba

Arturo Montoto, graphic work, Open Space Gallery, Havana, Cuba

Invited Artist, June showing, Los Oficios Gallery, Old Havana, Cuba

2001

Drawings, La Acacia Gallery, Havana, Cuba

Recent works, paintings, Legacy Fine Art Gallery, Panama City, Panama

Painting of Camera, installation, Havana Club Foundation, Old Havana, Cuba

2000

The eventuality of the memory, painting, Oñate Galleries, Miami, United States

1999

Presentation of No. 2/1999 of the magazine Opus Habana (title page), painting, Office of the Historian of Havana, Hostel of the Habano, Old Havana, Cuba

Voluptuous Solitudes, painting, Wilfredo Lam Centre of Contemporary Art, Havana, Cuba

Spring 1999, painting, Inglaterra Hotel, presentation of the Carta Menú, Havana, Cuba

1998

To read is a pleasure, installation-painting, Concha Ferrant Gallery, Salon of Cuban Contemporary
Art, Havana, Cuba

Recent works, painting, Oñate Galleries, Miami, United States Meeting of shadows, painting, Transitory Room of Art, City Museum, Office of the Historian of
Havana, Cuba

1997

Seven Sins, installation, Sands of sector 1, Reñaca/Art School Reñaca, Viña del Mar, Chile

Instrumentalia, painting, collage, objects, Galeria Estudio XXI, Centre of Development of the Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba

1996

Familiar archaeology, drawings and objects, Ícaro Gallery, Viña del Mar, Chile

Patience of the mirror, painting, Viña del Mar Cultural Centre, Chile

1995

Provocations, painting, Conseil General Gallery, French Guyana

Provocations, painting, National Centre of Restauracion y Museologia, Havana, Cuba

1994

Nature dead, painting, Pan-American Gallery Mariano Rodriguez, Havana, Cuba

1992

Penta, painting, Guanabacoa Museum, Havana, Cuba

1991

Versions, painting, Provincial Centre of Visual Arts, Pinar del Río, Cuba

1990

Versions, painting, L Gallery, University of Havana, Cuba

1985

The praise of the shadow, photograph, Minas de Matahambre Gallery, Pinar del Río, Cuba



COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS

2003

I know of a giant painter, Central exhibition area, Expocuba, May, Havana, Cuba

Contemporary Cuban art, Havana Gallery Mexico, April-June, Mexico D.F.

I know of a giant painter, Memorial J.M., March, Havana, Cuba

Common sense, Havana Gallery, March, Havana, Cuba
I know of a giant painter, Ministry of Basic Industry, February, Havana, Cuba

I know of a giant painter, State Council, January, Havana, Cuba

2002

Art for Life, White Room, Convento de San Francisco de Asis, Old Havana, Cuba

The museum grows, National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba 20th October Room, Provincial Centre of Visual Arts, invited artist, Pinar del Río, Cuba

Contemporary Cuban painting in ETECSA telephone cards, White Room, Convento de San Francisco de Asis, Old Havana, Cuba

The multiple work, Serigrafia Rene Portocarrero/Teatro Nacional de Cuba Workshop, Havana, Cuba
Conciliation in the 40s, Experimental Graphics Workshop in Havana, National museum of
Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba
City: desires, signs, memories¿, CNAP, I Havana Architecture Biennial, Convento de
San Francisco de Asis, Old Havana, Cuba
To smoke is a pleasure, Palacio de Convenciones, IV Festival of the Havana Cigar, Havana, Cuba
S/T the print, Provincial Centre of Visual Artes, Pinar del Río, Cuba

2001

Kaleidoscope, UNICEF, National Theatre of Cuba, Havana, Cuba
One hundred years of art in Pinar del Río, inaugural showing MAPRI, Pinar del Río, Cuba
A fingerprint in time, Workshop of Serigrafia Rene Portocarrero/City Museum, Office of the
Historian of Havana, Old Havana, Cuba
Tiburcio Lorenzo Salon, UNEAC, August, invited artist, Pinar del Río, Cuba
Salon of the invited, City salon 2001, Provincial Centre of Plastic Arts and Design, July-August,
Havana, Cuba
Cuba in Umbria, CNAP, Arrone Exhibition Centre, July-August, Terni, Italy
National Print Encounter 2001. Experimental Graphics Workshop in Havana, Havana, Cuba
Soul Sketches, Gallery Abierta, The House of Poetry, February, Havana, Cuba
Reencounter, Domingo Ravenet Gallery, January-February, La Lisa, Havana, Cuba

2000

Cuban post-medieval painting, 7th Havana Biennial, Convento de San Francisco de Asis, November
January 2001, Old Havana, Cuba
Here and Now, Collective of Cuban Artists, Memorial J.M., April, Havana, Cuba
I Salon of Erotic Art, La Acacia Gallery, Havana, Cuba
Collective of artists of the Gallery, Legacy Fine Art Gallery, Panama City, Panama
The brotherhood of art in benefit of the Academy of San Alejandro, Estudio-Galeria los Oficios, Old
Havana, Cuba

1999

Menu of the Millennium, Hotel Inglaterra, Havana, Cuba
With a bit of love, project for people with AIDS, UNEAC ¿ Juanita Mateo, Provincial Centre of Plastic
Arts and Design, Havana, Cuba
Cuba towards a new millennium, A&B Gallery, Panama City, Panama Collective of Contemporary Cuban Plastics, Club Havana, La Acacia Gallery, Havana, Cuba
Inauguration of the Central Park Golden Tulip Hotel, UNEAC, Havana, Cuba
March Salon, GESTA ¿ CPAPD, Havana, Cuba
Hospital Subasta Angels of Pedregal, Medical Society, Mexico D.F.

1998

Graphic Salon, The Artists for the City, Experimental Graphics Workshop in Havana, Havana, Cuba
Seductions: Fans of Cuban Artists, Wilfredo Lam Centre of Contemporary Art, Havana, Cuba
Small Format Salon, L Gallery, University of Havana, Cuba
Cubanisms from the Caribbean Island 52 years later, Bonaerense de la Plata Museum of Fine Arts,
Argentina
Public summons work, ceramic mural in honour of Rita Montaner, Guanabacoa House of Culture,
Havana, Cuba
Cuba: its photographic history, Granada Town Council, Spain

1997

Brief documents on lightness, Sandra Ceballos, Arturo Montoto, Ma. Cristina Padura and Omar
Pascual, Villa Clara Art Centre, Cuba
They are not all here, VI Biennial of Havana, Domingo Ravenet Gallery, Havana, Cuba
The hiding of the souls, Centre of Development of the Visual Arts, Old Havana, Cuba
The origins of exclusivity, Santa Isabel Hotel ¿ Tobacco Museum, Old Havana, Cuba
Artevino, WSD-UNEAC, International Press Centre, Havana, Cuba

1996

Current Cuban Plastic, Photo Centre, Union of Russian Journalists Gallery, Moscow
The heroes of Cuban Plastic, Casa de Colon, Las Palmas, Spain
Postal Bank of France, La Source, Orleans, France

1995

XIII D¿Ingré Artistic Salon, Loirét, Orleans, France
1st Contemporary Cuban Art Salon, National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba
A la carte, Havana Gallery, Havana, Cuba
City Salon, Provincial Centre of Plastic Arts and Design, Havana, Cuba

1994

Weiss-Sori Gallery, Florida, United States

1991

Plastic Arts Salon, Pinar del Río Art Gallery, Cuba

1989

National Salon of Plastic Arts, House of the Young Creator, Havana, Cuba

1988

ISA Teachers Exhibition, ISA, Havana, Cuba
City Salon, Havana, Cuba
Kunsthalle, Rostock, Germany

1987

Itinerant Exhibition, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Russia

1986

Prizewinners¿ Salon, National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba

City Salon, Havana, Cuba

1984-5

II and III Plastic Arts Salon, Pinar del Río, Cuba

1984

Small Format Salon, L Gallery, Havana, Cuba

1982-3

Surikov Institute, Moscow

1980

Cuban Consulate in Moscow



EVENTS AND AUCTIONS

2003

Cultural Gala of Closure, 2nd Forum of HIV, AIDS and STI in Latin America and the Caribbean, Astral Cinema Theatre, 12th April 2003
Sample Fair 2: Fair of Contemporary Art, WTC, Havana Mexico Gallery, 3-7 April, Mexico D.F.

2002

Havana Auction, Havana Club, 11th December, Havana, Cuba

2001

III International Biennial of Art in Florence, Fortezza da Basso, 7-16 December, Italy
Collective Mural, First Biennial of Plastic Arts and Mental Health, September, Regla, Havana, Cuba
Mural 16 Painters in Spiral, for the 20 years of the Declaration of National Monument of the
Inglaterra Hotel, June, Havana, Cuba
ElbArt NN Fair, Camara de Comercio, ars Cuba, 7th and 8th July, Hamburg, Germany
X Art Fair ARTEBA¿2001, La Acacia Gallery, 17th-24th May, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2000

70th Anniversary Celebration of the National Hotel of Cuba, production of a collectable
tablecloth, December, Havana, Cuba
Contemporary Art Auction, painting, sculptures and works on paper, Miami Florida, November 16th,
Durban Segnini Auction House
Contemporary Art Auction, painting, sculptures and drawings, Miami, Florida, January 21st,
Durban Segnini Gallery

1999

Babel¿99, May Pilgrimages, Holguín, Cuba

1998

2nd International Art Fair Boston, BIFAS¿98, Cuban Art Gallery, September 24-27, Boston, United States

1997

Primary Stages of Argentinean and Latin-American Muralism, July 19-26, Buenos Aires, Argentina



OTHER PARTICIPATIONS

2003

Participates in three reproductions of his works in the La Rampa Art Fair, in the Artex stands,
and with the Multiple Image Collection of the Cuban Fund of Cultural Properties, Havana, Cuba
Permanent collective exhibition of Contemporary Cuban Art in the Animation Studies of the
ICAIC, from the 22nd July 2003, donates his work Memories of Larraz, lithography 25/30,
Havana, Cuba
Participates in the Editorial Letras Cubanas stand, in the 5th Festival of the Havana Cigar, Palace
of Conventions, Havana, Cuba
His work At the end of the Afternoon is used for the design of the cover of La Antologia Error de
Magia de Carilda, Oliver Labra, Editorial Letras Cubanas, 2002

The book by Rufo Caballero, Tántalo in front of the reservoir. The painting of Arturo
Montoto, published by Letras Cubanas and designed by Laura Llópiz, is presented in the XII International Book Fair of Havana, where is receives the Raúl Martínez design prize in the category of "Interior Design"

2002

End of year campaigns are carried out for Empresas Ediciones Ponton Caribe, S.A., Havana Tourist
Office and Real Art Framer with various images of his works
In the informative newsletter En Linea, ETECSA, his work The Patio of my House is used in the 2002 special edition, in the cover page of the calendar Participates in the XVI Guadalajara International Book Fair, with the book Tántalo in front of the reservoir. The painting of Arturo Montoto
Participates in the creation of the Visual Arts Workshop of the University Extension of the University of
Information Sciences the 30th November, which was named, The game of illusion, like a work of his completed in 2001

Participates with his work The centre and the periphery in the Cuban soap opera Salir de Noche His work Brilliant Intimidation is included in the interior design of the Cesarco Fernandez school,
Havana, Cuba
Participates in the collection of pre-pay telephone cards: Cuban contemporary art, ETECSA, with the
work The precariousness of equilibrium, 30,000 issues, Cuba
Participates in the Family Library Collection with the series of drawings in Hispano-American love
poems, Marion Benedetti, Cuban Book Institute, Cuba
Publicity campaign for the Compañia Palmares for the Convention of Tourism and Cooking with the
production of a folder with six reproductions, The art of the good table, works of Arturo Montoto, May,
Havana, Cuba Donates his work Watermelon of Resurrection, serigraphy 21/95, as a prize in the raffle in benefit of
the Race Terry Fox-Fight against cancer, Canadian Embassy, 25th January, Havana, Cuba 2001

Participates with his works in the interior design of the shopping centre La Puntilla, CIMEX, Havana,
Cuba His work, The queen of this world, illustrates the end of year campaign of the agency Paradiso, November, Havana, Cuba Invited as a specialist to the debate,"How do we sit on the jetty?" Six voices replant one hundred years of Art in Cuba for the magazine Revolucion y Cultura, Havana, Cuba
His work, Thirst for Exorcism, provides the cover for the book The Island in its Ink by Francisco Morán, Editorial Verbum, January, Madrid, Spain
2000

His work, The Wait, illustrates the end of year campaign of the Compañia Palmares, November,
Havana, Cuba His work The threshold of nothing, illustrates the cover of the book, Poems on the Margin by Eliseo
Diego, Ateneo Collection, Fund for the Development of Education and Culture, August, Havana, Cuba His work, Elemental history of wine, illustrates the principal label of the wine Merlot de Vinos Fantinel, S.A., San Cristobal, April, Cuba-Italy His work, Someone just passed¿, serigraphy 4/60, 1998, was given as a prize for the competition of the work of Montoto in the radio program Lights and Shadows, of the Havana radio station (106.9),
March-April-May, Havana, Cuba

1999

The work Here in the peace (1999) was given as a gift to the Pope Juan Pablo II in the seat of the
Vatican in Rome, October The work The smell of guava (1999) was given as a gift to the president of Bolivia Hugo Banzer, November, Havana, Cuba
His work The Wait, illustrates the labels of the wines Bodegas Vega de la Reina, S.A., March, Spain

1998

Assisted in the production of a "vasija" (pre-Colombian clay pot) for the collection of the City Museum,
made by Amelia Carballo, in the Terracotta Workshop 4, December, Havana, Cuba



CONFERENCES

2002

Bowdoin College, Brunswick/College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor/Farmsworth Museum, Rockland
University of New England, Portland, April, Maine, United States Pinar del Río Art Museum, Painting is something mental, 22nd March, Pinar del Río, Cuba

2001

Pinar del Río School of Art Instructors, Cuba
Pinar del Río School of Art, Cuba

2000

San Alejandro Academy, Havana, Cuba

1999

School of Art, Babel¿99, May pilgrimages, Holguín, Cuba



COMMITTEES

2002

Presided in the prize giving committee of the 14th December assembly, Arturo Regueiro Gallery,
Pinar del Río, Cuba
Part of the prize giving committee of the UNEAC in the VIII National assembly of prize winners,
CDAV, Old Havana, Cuba

2001

Part of the prize giving committee of the Tiburcio Lorenzo Salon assembly, UNEAC, August,
Pinar del Río, Cuba
Part of the prize giving committee of the 2001 City Salon Prize giving assembly, Provincial Centre of
Plastic Arts and Design, July-August, Havana, Cuba



GENERAL REFERENCES

His works have illustrated and have been referred to in numerous magazines and books in various countries of the world, and have participated in fairs, events and auctions in international places, important to the art world. Arturo Montoto has published texts and translations on themes related to the theory of art in magazines such as Dédalo and La Gaceta de Cuba. The written press, television and radio media have followed the development of his work with frequent interviews, and news reports on his artistic labour. Radio and television programs that have dedicated him space include Signos, A capella, Arte en video and others. Producers such as Roberto Chile and Yuder Laffita have produced shorts and promotional documentaries on his work. He has given conferences on his work and his reflections on art in institutions, academies and universities in Cuba and elsewhere. He has participated as a judge in assemblies and events on contemporary Cuban art. Recently, the book on his pictoral work, Tántalo in front of the reservoir. The painting of Arturo Montoto, by the critic and art theorist Rufo Caballero, was published by Letras Cubanas, in its collection Cuban Artists.