(b. Havana, 1944)
Manuel Mendive graduated from the San Alejandro School of Fine Arts in 1963 with a degree in Painting and Sculpture. He is a member of the National Union of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC) and of the UNESCO International Association of Art (IAA). He has taken part in a number of significant events and exhibitions, including The Peacock at the 43rd Venice Biennial (1988); Cuban Painting 1820-1991 in the Siqueiros Cultural Poliforum, Mexico (1991); Surrealists in Latin America at the Boshum Museum, Germany (1994); Waters, Routine and Thought at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana (2002) and The Colors White, Blue, Green and the Color of My Skin at the Museum of Anthropology and History, Yucatan, México (2008). He received the Collective Prize Adam Montparnasse for Young Painters at the 24th Salon de Mai, Paris (1968); the Prix National at the Second International Painting Festival in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France (1970); the “Latin American Space of Paris Gallery” Award at the 1st Havana Biennial (1984) and the International Award at the 2nd Havana Biennial (1986). He was awarded Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France (1994) and received the National Visual Art Award in 2001 for his lifetime achievements, granted by the Cuban Ministry of Culture.