Servando Cabrera Moreno

Servando Cabrera Moreno (1923 – 1981) Cuban

Servando Cabrera Moreno born in 1923 died in 1981. Servando Cabrera he studied painting at the Fine Arts Academy of San Alejandro, where he graduated in 1942. In September, 1943 he presented his first solo show at the Havana Lyceum. In the years that followed he exhibited works related to his academic experience at the annual salons of the Circle of Fine Arts and other institutions. In 1946 he travelled to the United States and took a course at the Art Students’ League in New York. Among other artists, he discovered Picasso, who was to become – according to the painter himself – the greatest influence in his work throughout his life. In 1949 he travelled to Europe, visited museums and attended the Grande Chaumière in Paris. His first rupture occurred in those years with oil paintings from 1950 and 1951 in which a geometrical steadiness of cubist origin led him close to abstraction. Afterwards, the influence of Miró and Klee dominated his brief but intense abstract experience (1951-1954), whose results he exhibited in Spain and France. Since 1959 the themes of the Revolution became part of his painting. Works of his great epic cycle reached their climax with the series Héroes, jinetes y parejas. In 1970 he left aside the violent expressionism and began with the styling of torsos, parts of the human body and couples, which are part of the cycle of eroticist painting in which he was to work from that moment on. Works of his are in numerous museums, among them in Sofia, Bucharest, Bogota, the University of Tampa, Venezuela, Peru, the United States, Spain, Italy, Mexico, England, and in institutions and private collections in Cuba.

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