Flora Fong García

Camagüey, November 8, 1949.

Education and Professional Experience

She concludes her middle level studies at the Provincial School of Plastic Arts of Camagüey, in the specialty of Painting. In 1966 she continued her studies at the National School of Art of Cubanacán, in Havana, where she graduated in 1970. From that year and until 1989 she was a professor at San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts.
She is a member of the Association of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) and of the International Association of Plastic Artists (AIAP).

She has illustrated different Cuban and foreign publications; she designed the cover of Marta Roja’s novel El Columpio del Rey Spencer (King Spencer’s Swing) published in Chile in 1993; she also illustrated the book  Junto al Alamo (By the Poplar of the Mockingbirds), by Cuban writer Emilio de Armas, which obtained the Prize of Casa de las Américas.

Personal Exhibitions

2005 “Out of Cuba” Gulf Coast Art Museum. Tampa, Florida. USA.
2004 Tribute to the 490th Anniversary of the own of Santa Maria del Puerto del Príncipe. Provincial Museum of Camagüey, Cuba.
Manifestation d’Art Nouveau International et Forum. (MANIF). Seul, South Korea.
2002 “Flora de playa” (Beach Flora). Municipal Museum of Playa, Havana, Cuba.
2001 “Los motivos de la Patria” (The Motifs of the Fatherland). Cernuda Arte Gallery,  Miami, Florida, USA.
“Entre décadas” (Between Decades). La Acacia Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
1998 Pinturas y dibujos. Flora Fong (Paintings and Drawings, Flora Fong). 1,2,3,4 Gallery, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad-Tobago.
1997 Pinturas y dibujos Flora Fong (Paintings and Drawings, Flora Fong). Workers’ Cultural Palace, Forbidden City, Beijing. China.
Pinturas y dibujos. Flora Fong. (Paintings and Drawings, Flora Fong). Zeit-Foto Salon, Tokyo, Japan.
Pinturas Flora Fong (Paintings Flora Fong). Exhibition Gallery of the Municipal Library of Vila Franca De Xira, Portugal.
Pinturas Flora Fong (Paintings Flora Fong). Artela Gallery, Lisbon. Portugal.
Homenaje 150 años de la presencia china en Cuba (Tribute to the 150-year old Chinese Presence in Cuba). Acacia Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
1995 Pinturas y dibujos (Paintings and Drawings). Arte A. C. Cultural Center, Monterrey, Mexico.
Florasol. Espacio Abierto Gallery, magazine Revolución y Cultura, Havana, Cuba.
1993 Series Epiphany of the Tropics, La Florida Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela.
Pinturas Flora Fong (Paintings Flora Fong). Ateneo Los Teques, Valencia, Venezuela.
1992 Exposición de serigrafías (Serigraph Exhibition). Club San Agustín, Monterrey, Mexico.

Works in public locations

In 1997 Flora Fong designed a stained glass piece of 150 x 600 cm. for the piano bar of restaurant El Pedregal, in the Cuban capital.
In 1999 she made a sculpture that was set up in Varadero Beach, in front of  Hotel “Taíno 5”.
In 2002 she created a ceramic mural for the primary school “Cesáreo Fernández” in the municipality of Playa, in Havana.
In 2004, one of her sculptures was set up at the University of Informatic Sciences in Havana, Cuba.

Collective Exhibitions and Events

2005 Miami Art Fair, Miami, Florida, USA.
Korean International Art Fair (KIAF). Seoul, South Korea.
2004. Miami Art Fair, Miami, Florida, USA.
Los Angeles Art Show. Los Angeles, USA.
Grandes Maestros Cubanos. (Great Cuban Masters). Museum of the Municipality of Cuenca. Ecuador.
Thirteen Cuban Painters of Today. Mediterrania Gallery, Palma de Mallorca. Spain.
Korea International Art Fair (KIAF) Seoul, South Korea.
Mirada Interior (Inner Glance). Convent of Saint Francis of Assisi, Havana, Cuba.
Exhibition of Contemporary Cuban Art. Malaysia National Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Cuban Passions, Malaysia.
Arte América. Miami, Florida, USA.
Contemporary Latin American Painting. Bellarte Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.
Contemporary Cuban Painting and Prints; Color and Symbolism. City Art Gallery. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
2003. Christie’s Auction, New York. USA.
Miami Art Fair, Miami, Florida, USA.
Arte América. Miami, Florida, USA. Chicago Art air. Chicago, USA.
“Romerías de Mayo”. Holguín, Cuba.
“31 Contemporary Artists in Chile”, BordeRio Gallery, Santiago de Chile, Chile.
“Cuban Painting Today”, Guayasamín. Quito, Ecuador.
“One Island, Two Versions”. Miami Dade College. Florida, USA.
Miami Art Fair, Miami, Florida. USA.
2002 Miami Art Fair. Miami, Florida. USA.
Art Fair. Lyon, France.
2001 Florence International Biennial. Florence, Italy.
25 Cuban Artists from Here and There, from Yesterday and Today. Cernuda Art Gallery, Miami, Florida. USA.
1999 Cuban Painters. Gallery of the Municipality of Piraeus, Greece.
Exhibition of Cuban Art. Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation. United Arab Emirates.
Malecón Cultural Project. Traveling exhibition. Halls and Museums: Extremaduran and Iberian American Museum of Contemporary Art, Provincial Museum of Cáceres, San Francisco Cultural Complex, Santa María Cultural Complex, Courtyard of the Assembly of Extremadura, Pérez Comendador-Lerroux de Hervás Museum, Halls of the social work of Caja de Extremadura.
“Más allá del papel” (Beyond Paper). “Conde Duque” Cultural Center, Madrid. Spain.
1998 Contemporary Art from Cuba. Traveling show. Urasoe Museum Okínawa, Hillside Forum Daikanyama Tokyo, Iwaki City Cultural Hall, Japan.
Cuba, Four Contemporary Artists. Zeit-Foto Salon, Tokyo, Japan.
Contemporary Cuban Artists, National Museum of Fine Arts, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Sixth Art Exhibition Peace in the World, Hiroshima, Japan.
International Fine Arts Exhibition China 98, Beijing, China.
Contemporary Cuban Painting. Cooperative of Art Activities. Porta, Portugal.
1997 Luz Insular (Island Light). La Rama Dorada Gallery, Panama.
Art Fair «Arte BA». Buenos Aires, Argentina.
70 Artists, Work on Paper, Güel Hall, Barcelona, Spain.
Third International Plastic Arts Exhibition, Vendas Novas, Portugal.
First Biennial of Alentejo, Portugal.
Hidden Art of the Revolution. Contemporary Cuban Art, Toronto, Canada.
1996 Cuban Painting. La Sorce, PTT Orleans, Mail Bank of France, France.
Arte y naturaleza (Art and Nature). Domingo Ravenet Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
Salon of Professors, 178th Anniversary of San Alejandro Academy, Provincial Center of Plastic Arts and Design, Havana, Cuba.
1996-95 Doce cuentos peregrinos, doce pintores cubanos (Twelve Pilgrim Stories, Twelve Cuban Painters). Traveling show. Latin American Gallery, Casa de Las Américas, Havana, Cuba, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Panama City, Panama..
1995 La naturaleza, el hombre y los dioses. Novecento Cubano, (Nature, Humankind and the Gods. Cuban Novecento). Royal Palace, Commune of Milan, Italy.
13 Salon Artistique, Circle Jean Macé, Ingre Loitet, France.
Panorámica (pintura cubana) (Overview. Cuban Painting). National Bank of Panama, Panama.
First Salon of Contemporary Art. National Museum, Palace of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba. Palace of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba.
El tema histórico en la pintura cubana (The Historical Theme in Cuban Painting).  National Museum, Palace of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba.
A la carta (À la Carte). Habana Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
Contemporary Cuban Art. Museum of Modern Art, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
1994 Cuba, los últimos 60 años (Cuba, the Last 60 Years). Pan American Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Nombres de pintores cubanos (Names of Cuban Painters) Salon of Solidarity, Habana Libre Hotel, Havana, Cuba.
Paisajes (Landscapes). La Acacia Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
Pintura cubana (Cuban Painting). Margarita Nelken Cultural Center, Municipal Patronage of Culture, Coslada, Spain.
Sixth Meeting of Mini-Expression. DEXA Gallery, University of Panama, Panama City.
Pintura cubana (Cuban Painting). House of Cantabria, Madrid, Spain.
1993 Ritos y paisajes del Caribe. Arte cubano contemporáneo, (Rites and Landscapes of the Caribbean. Contemporary Cuban Art).  Iztapalapa Art Gallery, Metropolitan Autonomous University, Mexico City, Mexico.
Consagrados de hoy. Muestra de pintura cubana, (Established Painters from Today. Sample of Cuban Painting. La Galería, Santiago de Chile, Chile.

In addition to painting and drawing, Flora Fong has engaged in ceramics, stained glass, the design of fabrics in the Telarte project and in making kites with the Oriental technique. During the Fifth Havana Biennial she conducted a kite workshop with collaboration of two Chinese specialists.
In 1978 she represented Cuba in the International Meeting of Painters in Lithuania. She traveled to China in a cultural exchange mission in 1989. She has also visited numerous other countries like the United States, Germany, Russia, Spain, Mexico, Portugal, Italy, France and Japan, among others.
During the celebration in Panama of the Third Panamanian-Cuban Cultural Meeting in 1984 she gave a number of chats and didactic conferences on Cuban art.
In 1995 she took part in an international project for the creation of a group mural, together with six Spanish painters, in Hotel Nacional de Cuba, in Havana.

Awards and Residencies

The Council of State of the Republic of Cuba granted her the Distinction for National Culture in 1988 and the Distinction “23 de agosto”, of the Cuban Women’s Federation, in 1989.

Collections

Her works are in many private and state collections in Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Chile, the United States of America, Spain, France, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, China, Greece, South Korea and Japan, among other countries.

Publications

En 1993, Alejandro Gil directed the art video Nube de Otoño (Autumn Cloud) on Flora Fong’s life and work.

Exhibitions

VII Congreso

Collective July 2008

Four connection

Collective November 2005

Artworks

VII Congreso

Flora Fong García 2008

Martí on the highroad

Flora Fong García 2005

Watching time go by

Flora Fong García 2005

From China to the Caribbean

Flora Fong García 2005