Roberto Diago

Marianao, Havana, Cuba. 1971. Lives and works in Havana.

Education and Professional Experience

1990 San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba.
Consultant Professor at the Higher Institute of Art (ISA), Havana, Cuba.
Member of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC).

Group Exhibitions

 

Prizes

Collections
USA, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Monaco, Chile.

Personal Exhibitions

2012 Project D. 11th Havana Biennial. John Lennon Park, Vedado, Havana, Cuba.
2010 Los dos juntos (Both Together) Bi-personal exhibition. Art Center. Electa Arenal Hall. Holguín, Cuba.
2009 Un lugar en el mundo (A Place in the World). Villa Manuela Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
Utopia. Santa Fe Art Institute. New Mexico, U.S.A.
Roberto Diago. International Seminar “Rite and Representation”. Benito Juárez House, Havana, Cuba.
2008 Roberto Diago. El Torco Gallery. Cantabria, Spain / Siempre Vuelvo (I Always Return). Tristá Gallery. Trinidad, Cuba.
2001 Roberto Diago, Paintings. National Council for the Visual Arts, Havana.
Paintings. Benito Ortiz Art Gallery, Trinidad, Cuba.
My Story is your Story. Cernuda Arte Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida, USA.
Diago in Puerto Rico. Espacio 304, Puerto Rico.
2000 The Black Man and the Cigar. Espacio Abierto Gallery, magazine Revolución y Cultura, Havana.
One need not fly to make a dream. La Guarida, Location of the film Strawberry and Chocolate, Havana.
Paintings by Roberto Diago. 19 Jazz Festival, Hotel Riviera, Havana.
1999 8th Roberto Diago Salon. Matanzas, Cuba.
Festival of the Caribbean. Santiago de Cuba.
Exhibition Roberto Diago. Lyon, France.
1998 Go and Return. Lunevils, France.
Issues. La Acacia Gallery, Havana.
1997 Black Tears. Development Center for the Visual Arts, Havana.
After Venice. Domingo Ravenet Gallery, Havana.
1996 Paintings by Roberto Diago. 23 and 12 St. Gallery, Havana.
1995 Mural Project. Sardinia, Italy.
1994 Landscapes. Oloron, France.
Forest Motifs. Cuba Pavilion, Havana.

Collective Exhibitions and Events

2012 HB2. Showcase of Cuban Contemporary Art. 11th Havana Biennial, PABEXPO fairground, Havana, Cuba.
2011 1 minuto de silencio (One Minute of Silence). Guayasamín House, Havana, Cuba.
Ya sé leer (I Can Read Already). Image and Text in Latin American Art. Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center, Havana, Cuba.
Queloides (Scars). 8th Floor. New York, U.S.A.
Living in Havana. Marlborough Chelsea. New York, U.S.A.
2010 Pieza Única (Unique Piece). Contemporary Cuban Art. Delegation of the Principality of Asturias. Madrid, Spain.
Encuentros (Encounters). Sala Retiro of Caja Madrid. Spain.
Queloides (Scars) Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center. Havana, Cuba.
Retorno de Confluencias Inside (Return of Confluencias Inside). La Acacia Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
Without Masks. Johannesburg Art Gallery.  South Africa.
Alicia Alonso dances here tonight…Magnan Metz Gallery. New York, U.S.A.
Love this Island. Piéce Unique Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon.
First Biennial of Portugal EDP.
Stressísimo. Habana Gallery,Havana, Cuba.
Cuba Avant-Garde Beijing 2010. District 798, Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art. Beijing, China.
Arte 10. XXI CUBA. Nuno Sacramento gallery, Portugal.
Richard Wright este outro mundo (Richard Wright This Other World). Caixa Cultural RJ – Galería 3. Río de Janeiro, Brazil.
2009 Arte cubano. Una huella en el tiempo insular (Cuban Art. A Trace in the Island’s Time). Hall of Honor of the Mayor’s Office, Nuremberg, Germany.
Nostalgia de Futuro. Homenatge a Renau (Nostalgia of the Future. Tribute to Renau). Centre del Carme. Valencia, Spain.
Abstractos (Abstracts). Tenth Havana Biennial. Expocuba fairground, Havana, Cuba.
HB. Muestra de Arte Contemporáneo Cubano (Showcase of Contemporary Cuban Art). Tenth Havana Biennial. Pabexpo fairground, Havana, Cuba.
Arte contemporáneo de Cuba (Contemporary Art from Cuba). Cuban Consulate. Lam Hall. Bonn, Germany.
Cuban Art Exhibition. Academic, Modern and Contemporary. Cernuda Arte Gallery. Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.A.
Colores de Cuba (Colors of Cuba). Art Affair Gallery. Regensburg, Germany.
9 Contemporaries in Art Shanghai 2009. Museum Library Servando Cabrera Moreno. Havana, Cuba.
Confluences II Inside. Contemporary Cuban Art. National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation. Art Museum. Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.
Contemporary Cuban Art in Malaysia. National Art Gallery Malaysia Balai Seni Lukis Negara. Malaysia.
Arte Contemporáneo de Cuba (Contemporary Art from Cuba). Moderna Gallery. Amsterdam, Holland and Habana Gallery, Bremen, Germany.
Este hombre es mi amigo (This Man is My Friend). José Martí Memorial. Havana, Cuba.
Important Cuban Artworks. Volume eight. Cernuda Arte Gallery. Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.A.
Global Caribbean. Little Haiti Cultural Center. Miami, U.S.A.
Senderos: Este otro Mundo. Homenaje a Richard Wright. (Paths: This Other World. Tribute to Richard Wright). Fayad Jamís Gallery. Havana, Cuba.
2008 Esta noche baila aquí Alicia Alonso (Alicia Alonso Dances Here Tonight. Exhibition in Tribute to Alicia Alonso and to the 60th Anniversary of the Cuban National Ballet). National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba.
Arboleda. El cuerpo es cuerpo. (Woodland. The Body is a Body) Cuban Photographs and Videos. International Festival of Contemporary Art. Jesús Gallardo Gallery. León, Guanajuato, Mexico.
Identifíquese (Identify Yourself). Habana Gallery. Havana, Cuba.
Contemporary Cuban Artists. Cernuda Arte Gallery. Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.A.
Del Trazo al Volumen (From Trace to Volume). Habana Gallery.  Havana, Cuba.
Isla in Continente (Island in Continent). Contemporary Cuban Art. Fundarte National Art Gallery. Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Este sitio es del arte (This Place Belongs to Art) La Casona Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
Rumba de Colores (Color Rumba). Simonsbakken Gallery. Sandnes, Norway.
Important Cuban Artworks. Volume seven. Cernuda Arte Gallery. Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.A.
2007 Monstruos devoradores de energía (Energy Devouring Monsters). Casa América. Madrid, Spain.
Bovisa Triennial. Milan, Italy.
Grand Palais. Champs Elysées, Paris, France.
Proyecto Espacios (Project Spaces). Alcalá Theater. (e)spacios Gallery. Madrid, Spain.
Afrocuba: Works on Paper 1968-2003. Traveling Expo. Indianapolis Museum of Art. Indianapolis, U.S.A.
Do outro lado do Atlântico (From the Other Side of the Atlantic). Por Amor à Arte Gallery. Sacramento Gallery. Porto, Portugal.
Nuevo milenio (New Millennium). Contemporary Cuban Artists. Alovera Gallery. Guadalajara, Madrid, Spain.
Onze artistes cubains (Eleven Cuban Artists). Le Manoir Cultural Center, Cologny, Switzerland.
Los unos y los otros (These and the Other). Palace of Conventions. 5th International Congress Culture and Development, Havana, Cuba.
Infinite Island. Contemporary Caribbean Art. Brooklyn Museum. New York, U.S.A.
Mundo d´agua (Water World). Sacramento Gallery. Aveiro. Portugal.
De uno y de otro (Of This and That). Cuban Contemporary Plastics. Carrión Vivar Cultural Center. Bogotá, Colombia.
Historias (Stories). Talk Gallery. Pan-American Art Projects. Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
Afrocuba: Works on Paper, 1968-2003. Traveling Expo. Lowe Art Museum. University of Miami. Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.A.
Important Cuban Artworks. Volume six. Cernuda Arte Gallery. Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.A.2002 Miami International Art Fair, USA.
2001 Tenía que ser negro = He had to be black. Rush Arts Gallery, New York, USA.
Twentz/five Cuban Artists from Here and There, from Yesterday and Today. Cernuda Arte Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida, USA.
Kubanische Kunst heute (Cuban Art Today). Kunstkreis Norden, Germany.
2000 The Conjunction of Nothingness. Development Center for the Visual Arts, Havana.
The Fraternity of Art. Los Oficios Gallery, Havana.
International Fair on Contemporary Art. Chile 2000 (Fi-Ac). Museum of Fine Arts, Viña del Mar, Chile.
“… social, intellectual and chic…”. Havana Club Distillery Foundation, Havana.
Shade by Shade. Abstract Art Exhibition. Habana Libre Tryp Hotel, Havana.
1999 First Meeting on Culture and Development, Pabexpo, Havana.
Exhibition of Cuban artists at La Merce Cultural Center, Girona, Spain.
International Fair on Contemporary Art (FIAC). Paris, France.
1998 Vancouver International Fair, Canada.
Agada Umbo Omode. The Strength Comes from All. Development Center for the Visual Arts, Havana.
Regino Boti Festival. City Museum, Guantánamo, Cuba.
Cubanness of the Caribbean Island 52 Years Later. Museum of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Biarritz Festival, France.
1997 Scars 1. House of Africa, Havana.
Presence of Cuban Art at Year’s End. Santander, Pamplona, Spain.
47 Venice Biennale. Italy.
Peripheral Art, Days of Cuban Culture. Domingo Ravenet Gallery, Havana. Evocation of Cuban Cinema, ICAIC Gallery, 19 International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema, Havana.
1996 Exhibition of Latin American teachers and artists Académica 96. Domingo Ravenet Gallery, Havana.
Four Periods. Talía Hall, University of Havana.
Almendares River. Neither Strawberry nor Chocolate. Santa Clara Convent, Havana.
1995 From P to P and vice versa. International Press Center, Havana.
Juan Francisco Elso National Salon of Contemporary Art. National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana.
Horror Vacui. La Madnguera, Quinta de los Molinos, Havana.
First Salon of Contemporary Cuban Art. National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana.
The Monsters of Reason. Provincial Center for the Visual Arts and Design. Havana.
1994 Those who are (here). Domingo Ravenet Gallery, Havana.
In Lack of Bread, Camels. Cuba Pavilion, Havana.
1993 Exhibition of Grupo Eco. Guerrero Gallery, Havana.
13 de Marzo Contest. Talía Hall. University of Havana.
Small Format Exhibition. Talía Hall. University of Havana.
1990 Mirta Cerra Salon. Municipal Gallery, Bejucal, Havana.
1989 Scientific Event. San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts, Havana.
1988 Love of the Big City. Cuba Pavilion, Havana.
1987 Love of Big City. House of the Young Creator, Havana.

FAIRS
He has taken part in fairs such as:
Arteaméricas. Miami Beach Convention Center. Florida, U.S.A. / Houston Fine Art Fair. Houston, Texas, U.S.A. / Artbo. Bogotá, Colombia. Art-Lisbon, Portugal. Paint New York, U.S.A./ Miami International Art Fair. Miami Beach Convention Center. Florida, U.S.A. / Art Palm Beach. Original Cuban Works. The Whitney. West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.A. Paint London. Earls Court/ Scope Basel, Switzerland / Shanghai Art Fair. Latin-American Pavilion. Shanghai, China / Art Brussels Fair 2009. Brussels, Belgium. / The International Fine Arts Fair. Art Hamptons 2009. New York, U.S.A. / New York Art Fair. Art 20 and Modernism. Park Avenue Armory, New York, U.S.A. / Art Miami Fair. Midtown Boulevard, Florida, Miami, U.S.A./ Black Cuban Art at the National Black Fine Art Show. New York, U.S.A. /Balelatina Fair, Basel, Switzerland./International Caribbean Art Fair. New York, U.S.A./ ARCO. Juan Carlos the First Fairground. Madrid, Spain/ Circa Fair. San Juan, Puerto Rico. / Photo San Francisco Fair. Festival Pavilion Fort Mason Center. San Francisco, U.S.A. / Photo New  York Fair. New York, U.S.A./ Iberian American Fair of Caracas. Caracas, Venezuela. / Show Off Fair. Pierre Cardin Space. Paris, France / Art-Lisbon Fair, Lisbon, Portugal/ Art  Chicago Fair. Navy Pier. Chicago, U.S.A./ International Fair of Modern and Contemporary Art FIAC 2005. Paris, France / Off the
Main fair. The Show of Contemporary African, Caribbean and Latin American Art. The Puck Building, New York, U.S.A. / Art Forum fair, Berlin, Germany / Elb Art Fair, Hamburg, Germany.
Arts Cuba / Vancouver International Fair. Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. Canada.

AUCTIONS
2010 Phillips the Pury Auction, New York, U.S.A.
2009 Subasta Habana. Havana, Cuba.
2008 Christie´s. Latin American Sale. New York, U.S.A.
2007 Christie´s. Latin American Sale. New York, U.S.A.
Sotheby´s. Latin American Art. New York, U.S.A.
2006 Extraordinary auction Sala Retiro. Caja Madrid, Spain.
2005 Subasta Habana. Havana, Cuba.
2003 Subasta Habana. Second edition. Havana, Cuba.
Humanitarian Auction. Casa de las Américas. Havana, Cuba.
2000 Humanitarian Auction of Cuban Contemporary Art. Casa de las Américas. Havana, Cuba.

Awards and Residencies

2002 Distinction for National Culture, granted by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Cuba.
2000 April 2000 Prize, granted by the Association of Young Communists (UJC) for the high esthetic value and far-reaching nature of his work addressed to children, adolescents and youngsters.
Tropical Gypsy Distinction. Granted by the Provincial Culture Division of Havana.
1999 Maratier prize. Granted by the French foundation Kikoïne (for the first time to a Latin American artist).
Raúl Martínez National Prize, granted by the Hermanos Saíz Association to highlight the career of an artist below 35 years of age.
1995 Third prize, Juan Francisco Elso Salon of Contemporary Painting. National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana.
1993 Mention, 13 de Marzo contest, Havana.
1990 Mention, Mirtha Cerra contest, Havana.

Collections

National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba. Guislain Etats d´Art Gallery, Paris, France.  Cernuda Arte Gallery, Miami, U.S.A. Pan American Art Gallery. Texas, U.S.A. Sacramento gallery, Aveiro, Portugal. La Luz Gallery, Mérida, Mexico. Coral Capital Art Collection. Panama City, Panama. Spativm gallery, Caracas, Venezuela. Kikoïne Foundation, Paris, France. Brownstone Foundation, Paris, France. District 798, Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art. Beijing, China.

Exhibitions

A place in the world

Roberto Diago November 2009

Artworks

Your soul's peace

Roberto Diago 2013

The strength of your soul

Roberto Diago 2013

For you, a little love

Roberto Diago 2013

I like you like that

Roberto Diago 2012

Inside of me

Roberto Diago 2012

Me, you and the sea

Roberto Diago 2013

The sea is my frontier

Roberto Diago 2009

If you can, me too

Roberto Diago 2009

Blue

Roberto Diago 2009

My home and me

Roberto Diago 2009

I settled down

Roberto Diago 2009

The rest

Roberto Diago 2009

Look at me

Roberto Diago 2009

Untitled

Roberto Diago 2009

Look at me (detail)

Roberto Diago 2009

Take me out of here

Roberto Diago 2009

To get to you

Roberto Diago 2009

Take me out of here (detail)

Roberto Diago 2009