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Famous Artists from Cuba

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List of the most popular artists from Cuba, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Cuban artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Cuban artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

This list features artists like Belkis Ayón and Miguel Cerejido.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Cuba?" and "Who are the most well-known Cuban artists?"

For further information on these historic Cuban artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Cuban artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.
Ana Mendieta is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba
Ana Mendieta Untitled, from the series Silueta Works in Iowa, Imagen de Yagul

Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Nationality: United States of America, Cuba

Art Forms: Sculpture, Video art

Ana Mendieta (November 18, 1948 – September 8, 1985) was a Cuban American performance artist, sculptor, painter and video artist who is best known for her "earth-body" artwork. Born in ...more
Leonardo Padura Fuentes ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba

Birthplace: Hurricane belt, Havana, Cuba Island, Cuba

Nationality: Cuba

Leonardo de la Caridad Padura Fuentes (born on October 10th, 1955) is a Cuban novelist and journalist. As of 2007, he is one of Cuba's best-known writers internationally. In his native Spanish, ...more
Miguel Cerejido is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba
Miguel Cerejido

Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Associated periods or movements: Modernism

Nationality: Canada, Cuba

Art Forms: Painting

Miguel Cerejido (born February 26, 1960) is a Canadian artist. Born in Havana, Cuba, Cerejido studied Drawing and Painting at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes "San Alejandro" in ...more
Wifredo Lam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba
Wifredo Lam The Oracle and the Green Bird

Birthplace: Hurricane belt, Villa Clara Province, Cuba Island, Cuba, Sagua La Grande

Nationality: Cuba

Art Forms: Painting

Wifredo Óscar de la Concepción Lam y Castilla (Chinese: 林飛龍; Jyutping: lam4 fei1lung4; December 8, 1902 – September 11, 1982), better known as Wifredo Lam, was a Cuban artist who ...more
Enrique Martinez Celaya ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba

Birthplace: Europe, Andalusia, Southern Europe, Spain, Province of Huelva, + more

Nationality: United States of America, Cuba

Art Forms: Sculpture, Photography, Painting

Enrique Martínez Celaya (born June 9, 1964) is a contemporary American painter, sculptor, author and former scientist whose work has been exhibited and collected by major institutions ...more
Pedro Álvarez Cas... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba
Pedro Álvarez Castelló

Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Nationality: Cuba

Art Forms: Painting

Pedro Reinaldo Álvarez Castelló (February 9, 1967 – February 12, 2004) was a Cuban artist who rose to prominence during Cuba's Special Period.
Eduardo del Valle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba
Eduardo del Valle

Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Nationality: United States of America, Cuba

Eduardo Del Valle is a 1997 Guggenheim Fellow in Creative Arts.
Mario Carreño Mor... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba
Mario Carreño Morales

Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Nationality: Cuba

Art Forms: Painting

Mario Carreño y Morales (May 24, 1913 in Havana, Cuba – December 20, 1999 in Santiago de Chile, Chile) was a Cuban painter. He studied painting at the Academia de San Alejandro, Havana, ...more
Pedro Juan Gutiér... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba

Birthplace: Hurricane belt, Matanzas Province, Cuba Island, Cuba, Matanzas

Nationality: Cuba

Pedro Juan Gutiérrez, born 27 January 1950 in Matanzas, Cuba, is a Cuban novelist. He grew up in Pinar del Río and began to work selling ice cream and newspapers when he was eleven ...more
Carlos Luna is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba
Carlos Luna Catalina la Modista, El Gran Mambo, Empigated

Birthplace: Pinar del Río, Cuba

Nationality: Cuba

Art Forms: Sculpture, Ceramic art, Painting

Carlos Luna is a contemporary Cuban-American painter, sculptor, printmaker, and ceramicist.
José Gómez... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba
José Gómez-Sicre

Birthplace: Matanzas, Cuba

Nationality: Cuba

José Gómez-Sicre (July 6, 1916 in Matanzas, Cuba – July 22, 1991 in Washington, D.C.) was a noted Cuban lawyer, art critic and author.
Belkis Ayón is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba
Belkis Ayón

Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Nationality: Cuba

Art Forms: Painting

Belkis Ayón (23 January 1967 – 11 September 1999) was a Cuban printmaker who specialized in the technique of collography. Ayón is known for her highly detailed allegorical ...more
Alicia Alonso is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba

Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Nationality: Cuba

Alicia Alonso (born Alicia Ernestina de la Caridad Martínez del Hoyo; 21 December 1920) is a Cuban prima ballerina assoluta and choreographer whose company became the Ballet Nacional de ...more
Josep Rovira Soler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba

Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Nationality: Cuba

Art Forms: Painting

Josep Rovira i Soler (6 February 1900 – 1998) was a Catalan painter remarkable above all for his ability with portraits.
Eduardo Muñoz Bac... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba
Eduardo Muñoz Bachs

Birthplace: Valencia, Spain

Nationality: Cuba

Eduardo Munoz Bachs (1937–2001) was a Cuban poster artist and comics artist. He was born on April 12, 1937 in Valencia, Spain, but moved to Cuba with his parents in 1941. In 1960, with no formal ...more
Rubén Torres Llor... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba
Rubén Torres Llorca

Birthplace: Cuba

Nationality: United States of America, Cuba

Art Forms: Painting

Rubén Torres Llorca (born March 3, 1957, in Havana, Cuba) is a Cuban artist specializing in painting, drawing, sculpture, collages, and photography. He studied from 1972 to 1976 at the ...more
Wendy Guerra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba

Birthplace: Cuba

Nationality: Cuba

Wendy Guerra (born 11 December 1970), formally Wendy Guerra Torres Gomez de Cadiz, is a Cuban poet and novelist. After a career acting in Cuban film and television, she turned to writing and won ...more
Humberto Castro is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba
Humberto Castro

Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Nationality: Cuba

Art Forms: Painting

Humberto Castro (born Humberto Jesús Castro García in 1957 in Havana, Cuba) is an important Cuban painter. He studied at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes "San ...more
Adriano Buergo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba
Adriano Buergo

Birthplace: Cuba

Nationality: Cuba

Art Forms: Painting

Adriano Buergo (born José Adriano Buergo y Ortiz March 5, 1964), is a Cuban artist specializing in painting, drawing and installations. Buergo was member of the artistic group Grupo ...more
Joel Humberto Rojas P&ea... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba
Joel Humberto Rojas Pérez

Birthplace: Santa Clara, Cuba

Nationality: Cuba

Art Forms: Painting

Joel Humberto Rojas Pérez (born March 1968 in Santa Clara, Villa Clara, Cuba) is a Cuban painter. He studied at Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), Havana, Cuba.
Carlos Diaz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba
Carlos Diaz

Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Nationality: Cuba

Carlos Diaz (born 1957) is a Cuban theatre director. Diaz studied dramaturgy and theatre at Havana's Superior Institute of Art (ISA). He started his career as a theatre and art critic and only ...more
Waldo Diaz-Balart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba
Waldo Diaz-Balart

Birthplace: Banes, Cuba, Cuba

Nationality: Cuba

Waldo Díaz-Balart (born Waldo Díaz-Balart y Gutiérrez on February 10, 1931) is a Cuban painter living in Madrid, Spain.
Carlos Rafael Uribazo Ga... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba
Carlos Rafael Uribazo Garrido

Nationality: Cuba

Art Forms: Painting

Carlos Rafael Uribazo Garrido (born April 16, 1951 in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba) is a Cuban artist specializing with painting, engraving, drawing, graphic design, photography, and ceramics. Since ...more
Mearson Daniel Zafra P&e... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba
Mearson Daniel Zafra Pérez

Nationality: Cuba

Art Forms: Painting

Mearson Daniel Zafra Pérez (born July 21, 1963 in Guantánamo, Cuba) is a Cuban painter, better known as Zafra Zafra is known for his unique abstract paintings inspired by ...more
Julio Breff is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from Cuba
Julio Breff

Nationality: Cuba

Art Forms: Painting

Julio Breff (born Julio Breff y Guilarte December 8, 1958 in Los Cacaos, Sagua de Tánamo, Cuba) is a self-taught Cuban painter. He specializes in primitive paintings.