Cosme Proenza

Artist, draftsman, illustrator and mural painter. Holguín, Cuba, March 5, 1948

Education and Professional Experience

National School of Art, Havana, Cuba.
Institute of Fine Arts, Kiev, the Ukraine. Master of Fine Arts.

Member of the National Association of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) and of the International Association of Visual Arts (AIAP).

He was an art teacher for fifteen years, and has tutored numerous graduation theses. He has illustrated books and magazines. He decorated the stage for the ballet Paintings of an Exhibition, choreographed by Alicia Alonso for the Cuban National Ballet.

Personal Exhibitions

1978 DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS, Holguín Gallery, Cuba
1983 CUBAN PAINTINGS, Institute of Civil Aviation, Kiev, the Ukraine
1984 DRAWINGS. Central House of the Association of Visual Artists, Kiev, the Ukraine
1987 THESE ANGELS THAT MESS UP MY DREAMS. Provincial Art Center, Havana, Cuba
1989 SCARS. Provincial Art Gallery, Matanzas, Cuba
1991 PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS. Siqueiros Cultural Politforum, Mexico City Mexico
1992 DRAWINGS. Gallery of Camino Real Hotel, Mexico City, Mexico
MANIPULATIONS I. ITAM Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
MANIPULATIONS II. Siqueiros Cultural Politforum, Mexico City, Mexico
1993 MANIPULATIONS I. National Museum of Fine Arts, Santander, Spain
1994 BOSCOMANIA I. Habana Gallery, Havana, Cuba
BOSCOMANIA I. Center of Fine Arts, Maracaibo, Venezuela
1995 BOSCOMANIA II. Galiano Gallery, Havana, Cuba
1996 BOSCOMANIA II. Azqueta Gallery, San Jose, Costa Rica
A STRANGER FROM VASARI. Convent of St. Francis of Assisi, Havana, Cuba
A STRANGER FROM VASARI. Maillope Gallery. Navarra, Spain
1997 PRAISE OF COMPLICITZ.  Fatima Cultural Center, Monterrey, Mexico
ANTHOLOGICAL EXHIBITION. Provincial Center for the Visual Arts, Holguín, Cuba
RECENT WORKS. Bayado Gallery, Holguín, Cuba
MEMORY. La Acacia Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
1998 A COSME PROENZA SHOW. Hotel Inglaterra, Havana, Cuba
ANTHOLOGICAL EXHIBITION. Convent of St. Francis of Assisi, Havana, Cuba
1999 YEAR DOT. Museum of the Americas. Cuartel de Ballajá, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2002 RECENT PAINTINGS. House of Iberian America, Holguín, Cuba
VOICES OF SILENCE. National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba
2004 COSME PROENZA. Eliassons Art Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida, USA
2005 COSME PROENZA. Galerie du Foyer Europeen (European Parliament), Luxemburg
CUBAN MASTERS. Cornell Museum of Art and History at Old School Square, Delray Beach, Florida, USA
2006 DRAWINGS BY COSME PROENZA. Provincial Center for the Visual Arts, Bayamo, Granma
SMALL ANTHOLOGY. Provincial Art Center, Holguín
2007 IN THE LAND OF MAGIC. Hamilton Square, Canada.

Main works set up in public places
1986 YOUTH. Mural painting. El Bosque Motel, Holguín, Cuba
1987 ALLEGORY. Mural painting. Headquarters of the Ministry of Communications, Holguín, Cuba
1988 SONATA. Acrylic painting -panno. Headquarters of the Provincial Television, Holguín, Cuba
GROUP OF THREE MURALS, sgraffito in cement. Sol del Atlántico Hotel, Guardalavaca, Holguín, Cuba
2001 CELIA, THE MOST AUTOCHTHONOUS  FLOWER. School for Social Workers, Holguín, Cuba
2002 SAN FRANCISCO DE PAULA (triptych). Paula Church, Havana
SAN SALVADOR DE BAYAMO (polyptych). Bayamo Cathedral, Granma, Cuba
Participation in the group mural for The Chapel of Mankind, Ecuador.
2004 OGIGIA, mural work. House of Greek writer Kiriakos Simopoulos, Egina, Greece.
2006 Participation in the group installation FIVE PALM TREES. Museum of Universal Art.  Havana, Cuba.

Collective Exhibitions and Events

Since 1975 he has been participating in group exhibitions in galleries and museums of Cuba, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Colombia, Panama, Russia, China, Puerto Rico, Ecuador and Mexico.

Awards and Residencies

1997 COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL ON THE OCCASION OF THE VISIT TO CUBA OF POPE JOHN PAUL II
1998 DISTINCTION FOR NATIONAL CULTURE, Havana, Cuba
2000 THE AX FROM HOLGUÍN. Holguín, Cuba
2002 ALEJO CARPENTIER MEDAL, Havana, Cuba
2004 DISTINCTION RAÚL GÓMEZ GARCÍA
2007 CONSULTING PROFESSOR. Granted by the Higher Institute of Art, Havana, Cuba

Collections

National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba
National Museum of Fine Arts, Krasnodar, Russia
Higher Institute of Fine Arts, Kiev, the Ukraine
Museum of the city of Havana, Havana, Cuba
Vatican Museum, Rome, Italy

Exhibitions

VII Congreso

Collective July 2008

Divertimentos

Cosme Proenza March 2008

Artworks

Dawn

Cosme Proenza 2007

Flora

Cosme Proenza 2007

From the series: Woman with Hat

Cosme Proenza 2007

Esciápodo

Cosme Proenza 2007

Untitled

Cosme Proenza 2005

From the series: Woman with Hat

Cosme Proenza 2005

Minotaur

Cosme Proenza 2007

Untitled

Cosme Proenza 2005

Untitled

Cosme Proenza 2005

Untitled

Cosme Proenza 2005

Untitled

Cosme Proenza 2005

Demiurge

Cosme Proenza 2005

Theseus and Minotaur

Cosme Proenza 2004

Orpheus

Cosme Proenza 2004

VII Congreso

Cosme Proenza 2008