(b. Pinar del Río, 1971)
Abel Barroso graduated from the National School of Arts in 1990, and the Superior Institute of Art in 1995, both in Havana. Barroso has been artist-in-residence at institutions such as the Shenzhen Fine Art Institute in Shenzhen, China (2011); University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida (2001); the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada (1997); Art in General and The Bronx Council of the Arts, both in New York (1997). In 2003, he received the National Curatorship Award, granted by the National Council of Visual Arts of the Cuban Ministry of Culture. Some of his most relevant solo exhibitions are A Country, An Illusion at Pan American Art Projects in Miami, Florida, 2012; Cuando caen las fronteras (When the Borders Fall) at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, 2012; Ciudades compartidas (Shared Cities) at the Shenzhen Fine Art Institute in Shenzhen, China (2011); Muros reales. Muros virtuales (Real Walls. Virtual Walls) at Villa Manuela Gallery in Havana (2010); Se acabó la guerra fría, a gozar con la globalización (The Cold War Ended, Lets Enjoy Globalization) at Servando Gallery in Havana, 2006; and Café Internet del Tercer Mundo (Internet Cafe from the Third World) at El Morro Castle in Havana, during the 7th Havana Biennial (2000). His works are part of the collections of the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana; the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas; the University of Arizona Museum of Art in Phoenix, Arizona; the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa, Florida; the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida; the National Federal Reserve Collection in Washington DC, among other public and private collections.