Arturo Montoto

Pinar del Río, Cuba, 1953. Painter, draftsman, engraver, sculptor, muralist and photographer.

Education and Professional Experience

1968-1972 Art School of Pinar del Río.
1973-1977 National School of Art of Havana.
1977 Transit through the Higher Institute of Art of Havana.
1978 Obtains a scholarship to study at the State Institute of the Arts V.I. Súrikov in
1978-1984 State Institute of the Arts V.I. Súrikov, Moscow, where he obtains the degree of Master of Fine Arts in the specialty of Mural Painting.

Member of the Association of Writers and Artists of Cuba. Member of the Experimental Graphics Workshop of Havana.

Personal Exhibitions

2007 Conversation in the Garden, Villa Manuela Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
2006 Water Colors and Sculptures, restaurant El Templete, Havana, Cuba.
Low Pressure. Traveling exhibition to several cities in the country.
The Gardener’s Fable, San Antonio María Claret Cultural and Missionary Animation Center, Santiago de Cuba.
City for Blind Persons, collateral to the Ninth Havana Biennial, Museum of Colonial Art, Havana, Cuba.
2005 The Painting Lesson, Museum of America, Madrid; Gaya Ñuño Cultural Center, Soria; Capitol Cultural Center, Cáceres, Spain.
2004 Silent Spaces, Oñate Fine Art, Miami, Florida, United States; Servando Gallery, Havana, Cuba and Art Center, Santiago de Cuba.
Engravings, Cuban Embassy in Moscow, Russia.
Under Pressure, Experimental Graphics Workshop, 6th National Meeting on Engraving, Havana, Cuba.
The Painting Lesson, National Museum of Fine Arts, Cuba.
2003 Chiaroscuro, Eighth Havana Biennial, Palacio Lombillo Gallery, Cathedral Square, Havana, Cuba.
Mirages, Paintings. Museum of the Americas, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2002.
Arturo Montoto, Graphic Work, Galería 1903, Palacio O’Farrill, Havana, Cuba.
Guest Artist, June sample, Los Oficios Gallery, Havana, Cuba.

Collective Exhibitions and Events

(selection 2002-2007)
2007  Habaneros by Heart, Canal Habana TVchannel, Havana, Cuba.
2006  Reunion, 20 Years of the Fotothèque of Cuba, North Cloister, Convent of St. Francis of Assisi, Havana, Cuba.
Confluences. Inside, Palacio Clavijero, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico.
Paintings in an Exhibition, 20th International Ballet Festival of Havana, Orígenes Gallery, November, Havana, Cuba.
Proyecto Espacios, Art, Design and Architecture, Espacios Gallery, Madrid, Spain.
Here and Now, Intemporel Gallery, Paris, France.
The Usefulness of Virtue, exhibition in solidarity, OIKOS NGO, Beijing Buuilding,  Miramar Trade Center, Havana, Cuba.
Recognizing the Course, collateral to the 20 de Octubre Salon, TelePinar Gallery, Pinar del Río, Cuba.
16th Latin American Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, Espacio Gallery, San Salvador, El Salvador.
Paintings in an Exhibition, Annta Gallery, September, Madrid, Spain.
A Son for Nicolás, Villa Manuela Gallery, UNEAC, Havana, Cuba.
La Siempre Habana Workshop, Graphics from Cuba and Mexico, Cultural Museum of the Graphic Arts, Mexico City, Mexico.
Contemporary Cuban Art, gallery of the institution Planette de la Découverte, Beirut, Lebanon.
Inner Island, Havana Club Gallery, Havana Club Foundation, Havana, Cuba.
Art from Cuba (travelling exhibition, National Museum of Fine Arts), Banco do Brasil Cultural Center, Sao Paulo / Banco do Brasil Cultural Center, Río de Janeiro / Banco do Brasil Cultural Center, Brasilia.
2005 Six Cuban Artists, TOOT Gallery/Cervantes Institute / Egyptian Center for International Cultural Cooperation, Cairo, Egypt.
My Body, My Country. Museum of the University of Virginia, United States.
Islands, Espacios Gallery, Madrid, October-December, Spain.
Luminous Sun 11, Bernau Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
La Acacia catalog, 75 aniversary of Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Havana, Cuba.
Neuf Peintres Contemporains Cubains, Salle d’exposition du quai Antoine, Principality of Monaco.
2004  Cuban Art in the Permanent Collection, Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center, Havana, Cuba.
Approaches to his Kingdom (Tribute to Alejo Carpentier), Raúl Martínez Gallery, Cuban Book Institute, Havana, Cuba.
Memory, Present and Utopia. Havana: 485 Years Later. Convent of St. Francis of Assisi, Havana, Cuba.
Inner Glance, Convent of St. Francis of Assisi, Havana, Cuba.
Cuban Contemporary Prints and Paintings: Symbolism and Colors, City Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Jewish Themes in Contemporary Cuban Art, June, Hotel Raquel, Havana, Cuba.
Opening Exhibition. Oñate Fine Art, Miami, United States.
Tabulations among Brushes. Entre Aguas Gallery, April-May, Madrid, Spain.
Opus Habana: Testimony of Contemporary Cuban Art, Casa Lamm, Mexico City, Mexico.
New Route of Cuban Art, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Four Decades in Front of the Mirror. Great Arch of Defense, Paris, France.
Untitled, PanAmerican Art Gallery, Dallas, Texas, United States.
2003 Domestic Chores. Provincial Center of Visual Arts, Pinar del Río, Cuba.
Feast of Crafts, Eighth Havana Biennial, La Acacia Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
More than 40 Years of Lithographs, Eighth Havana Biennial, Graphics Workshop of Havana, Cuba.
Black and Wbite, PanAmerican Art Gallery Dallas, Texas, Estados Unidos.
Group Exhibition of the Contemporary Graphics Workshop, 23 y 12 Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
What You See Is Not All There Is, Habana México Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.
Cuban Contemporary Art, Habana México Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.
Common Sense, Habana Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
I know of a Giant Painter, Council of State, January, Havana, Cuba.
2002  Art for Life, White Hall, Convent of St. Francis of Assisi, Havana, Cuba.
The Museum Grows, National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba.

Awards and Residencies

2005 Acknowledgment La Giraldilla de La Habana, National Assembly of People’s Power of Havana, Cuba.
Distinction For National Culture, grnted by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Cuba.
National Prize of Curatorial Work 2001 with David Mateo, for his solo show Chamber Painting, National Council for the Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba.
2001Diploma to Art Merit for the far-reaching nature of his work. Higher Institute of Art and Ministry of Culture, Havana, Cuba.
Acknowledgment for his valuable art career and his links to the cultural activity of the institution, granted by the Provincial Center of Visual Arts and Design, Havana, Cuba.
2000  Certifícate of Appreciation (Latin American Art Association and Contemporary Artists Dictionary) for his contribution to the development of Hispanic culture in the United States, Florida, United States.
1986  Mention in Photography, National Salon of Awarded, National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba.
1985 First and Second Prizes in Photography, Third Salon on Visual Arts, Pinar del Río, Cuba.


Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA), Long Beach, California, United States / Museum of the University of Virginia, United States / Emilio Bacardí Provincial Museum, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba / Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center, Havana, Cuba / Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Florida, United States /  National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba / Art Museum of Pinar del Río (MAPRl), Cuba / Museum Basilica of the Convent of St. Francis of Assisi, Havana, Cuba / Museums of the Vatican, Italy / Works in ceramics in the Permanent Gallery of Hotel Inglaterra, Havana, Cuba / PROA Foundation Buenos Aires, Argentina / Coca-Cola of Chile, Santiago, Chile / Hispanic-American Friendship Society, French Guiana.

In private collections of Argentina, Costa Rica, Colombia, United States, Brazil, Mexico, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Italy, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Puerto Rico, Chile and Cuba.

Exhibitions in Villa Manuela

A son music for Nicolás

Collective July 2006

VII Congreso

Collective July 2008

Speaking in the orchard

Arturo Montoto March 2007

Artworks (14)

VII Congreso

Arturo Montoto 2008

The garden was set up yesterday

Arturo Montoto 2007

The two extremes of danger

Arturo Montoto 2007

The Mount of Olives

Arturo Montoto 2007


Arturo Montoto 2006


Arturo Montoto 2006

Pink Torture

Arturo Montoto 2006

The toaster

Arturo Montoto 2006


Arturo Montoto 2006

The expected manna

Arturo Montoto 2006

Letting chance escape

Arturo Montoto 2006


Arturo Montoto 2006


Arturo Montoto 2005