Monday June 18, 2018

Cuban Art Awards Finalists Announced

Elizabet Cerviño, El peso de repitir, 2013

Courtesy Art on Cuba

The Farber Foundation has announced the finalists for the first international Cuban Art Awards, spotlighting a mix of artists working on the island and abroad.

Announced last year, the Farber Foundation Cuban Art Awards were created to recognize the achievements of Cuban contemporary artists internationally. The awards are given biennially in two categories: Cuban Artist of the Year and Young Cuban Artist of the Year (35 and under).

In each category, the award recognizes a contemporary artist or collaborative that has demonstrated exceptional creative power over the previous two years.

The 2015 awards will inaugurate the program. The five finalists for Artist of the Year were chosen from a field of close to 30 candidates, says Farber Foundation director Howard Farber, and the finalists for Young Artist of the Year were chosen from a similarly wide-ranging field.

The Artist of the Year award carries a cash prize of $10,000. The cash prize for Young Cuban Artist of the Year is $3,000.

For the 2015 Cuban Artist of the Year, the finalists are:

Alexandre Arrechea

Luis Cruz Azaceta

Teresita Fernández

Glexis Novoa

Lázaro Saavedra


For the 2015 Young Cuban Artist of the Year, the finalists are:

Alejandro Campins

Celia y Yunior

Elizabet Cerviño

Rafael Domenech

Carlos Martiel


The finalists were nominated by a panel of curators, critics, and scholars based in Cuba and abroad. A separate jury of curators, scholars, and collectors will select the winners from the finalists in each category.

“With last month’s historic announcement of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, the timing for the Farber Foundation Cuban Art Awards is particularly apropos,” said Howard Farber, a juror for this year’s awards. “The selection process for nominees and finalists has been characterized by a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation, with all of us working toward the common goal of bringing additional recognition to outstanding artists and the field of Cuban contemporary art.”

The winners will be announced in May.

Below, images of recent works and exhibitions by the finalists in each category. For Elizabet Cerviño's work, see above.

Alexandre Arrechea, The Fact, 2014,

Courtesy Alexandre Arrechea

Luis Cruz Azaceta, Falling Sky: Movement 29, 2014

Courtesy Luis Cruz Azaceta

Teresita Fernández, Sfumato, 2014, at MASS MoCA

Photo: Cuban Art News

Glexis Novoa, CUC, 2014

Courtesy Glexis Novoa

Installation view of Lázaro Saavedra, Bajo presión (Under Pressure), 2014, at the 2014 São Paulo Biennial

Courtesy Lázaro Saavedra

Alejandro Campins, Cosechador de soplos vitales, 2013

Courtesy Alejandro Campins

Installation view of the exhibition/installation Sala Discontinua, 2014, created by Celia y Yunior with Ricardo Miguel Hernández and presented at the Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales (CDAV)

Courtesy Celia y Yunior

Rafael Domenech, Untitled (gravity drop), 2014

Courtesy Rafael Domenech

Carlos Martiel, Hijo Pródigal (Prodigal Son), 2010

Courtesy Carlos Martiel