Juan Gil García

Juan Gil Garcia (1876 – 1932) Spain

Juan Gil García born in Madrid Spain in 1876, died in 1932, Habana, Cuba. He moved to Cuba near the end of the 19th century. In the Island he developed, on his canvases, the theme of the national landscape, combined with the fruits and flowers of the country. His painting was the first in Cuba in giving great relevance to the local fruits, expressing, through their opulent and tasty forms, the sensuality and fertility of his adoptive homeland. The Magazine Bohemia, in 1917, dedicated seven front pages to reproduce his artworks Cocos (Coconuts), Anones, Mangos (Mangoes), Zapotes, Naranjas (Oranges), Plátanos (Bananas) and Mameyes. In 1916 and 1917, he exhibited at the Fine Arts Salon, in Havana. Forgotten since before his death, it wasn’t until May of 1971 that he was granted the first personal exhibit at the Museo de Arte Colonial (Colonial Art Museum), in Havana. In Miami, Florida, the Morgenstern Gallery set up, in November of 1993, an exhibit of his work, from the Ramiro Casanas’ private collection. Gil García – as he was called- was a very prolific painter, who developed a vast work during his life. A huge part of it is preserved at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts), in Havana. Also the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences, in Florida, owns some of his paintings in its permanent collection, which has traveled to other museums located in different cities of the State, like Pensacola, Cayo Hueso and Orlando. The artist passed away on the decade of 1930, probably on May 4, 1932.

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