Roberto Diago

(b. Havana, 1971)

Roberto Diago graduated from the San Alejandro School of Fine Arts in 1990. He is a member of the National Union of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC) and the UNESCO International Association of Art (IAA). He has a preference for raw materials and complex subject matters, such as slavery, which is a recurrent theme in his work. He creates paintings and conceptual installations using found objects. His works have been exhibited at important venues such as the National Museum of Fine Arts and Center for the Development of Visual Arts in Havana, Cuba; Espacio 304 Gallery in Puerto Rico; the Bonaerense Museum in La Plata, Argentina; Cernuda Art Gallery in Coral Gables, Florida; MagnanMetz Gallery and Marlborough Gallery, both in New York. In 1997, Diago participated in the 47th Venice Biennial. Among his most distinguished awards are the Third Prize in the Juan Francisco Elso Contemporary Painting Salon (National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba, 1995), the Prix Amédée Maratier (granted for the first time to a Latin American artist by the Kikoïne Foundation, 1999), and the Raul Martinez National Award, granted by the Hermanos Saiz Association to outstanding visual artists under 35 years old (1999). His works are part of the collections of the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba; Cernuda Arte in Miami, Florida; the Kikoïne Foundation and the Brownstone Foundation, both in Paris, France as well as in other private and public collections. 

Selected Works