Cundo Bermudez (1914 – 2008). Born in Cuba in 1914, Bermudez began his artistic journey studying at the Institute of Havana in 1926, and in 1930 enrolled at the renowned Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes. In 1934, he entered the University of Havana to study law and social sciences. He graduated in 1941. Later in his career he traveled to Mexico and studied at the Academy of San Carlos. Throughout his tremendous artistic career Bermudez’s work has been respectively shown in international exhibitions and is part of numerous museum and private collections.
Bermudez was a painter and muralist hat worked closely in the modernist style and is considered to be an artist of the Cuban Vanguard movement. The themes within Bermudez’s work are centered on geometrically abstract figures and surreal imagery which all celebrate his native Cuba. His works capture the spirit of life, love, music, and color of the tropics. Quite often he depicted the female character throughout his vivid scenes. His subjects and settings were created with a flattened 2 dimensional abstract and cubist design typically including profiles of simplistic faces and features placed in a setting of brilliant colors and conceptual compositions.
“When I was young I wanted to be a writer; although I studied at San Alejandro, I never intended to take art seriously…I have fun at what I do; the pleasure I get from painting is vital for me. I enjoy art like Mozart enjoyed his music. Some people are concerned over philosophic postulates, over universal chaos, over the atomic bomb; for me, painting is a celebration of form and color, and nothing more. I left Cuba absolutely disillusioned, perhaps because I had believed totally in the revolution. Between 1962 and 1967, the government obliterated me; I was neither harassed nor persecuted, simply ignored. Exile has affected the individual, not the artist; when I arrived in Puerto Rico , I felt as if I had reached a region of Cuba I had not known previously. In a way, I still feel uprooted, for I do not feel at home anywhere.”
– Cundo Bermudez, Artist’s Statement
Admitted at the Institute of Havana
Studied Painting at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes “San Alejandro”
Studied law and social sciences at the University of Havana
Founded the Asociación de Pintores y Escultores de Cuba (APEC).
Received Honorable Mention, “Segunda Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano”, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Awarded “Homenaje a Picasso”, Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), Washington, D.C.
Awarded Cintas Foundation Fellowship, New York City
Moves to Puerto Rico
Moves to Miami
Awarded an honorary doctorate of the arts from Florida International University
Hororable Mention, “Segunda Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano”, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
‘Cintas Foundation Fellowship’, New York City.
Paris, Barcelona & Miami – David Castillo Modern & Contemporary Art, Miami, FL (group)
“Madria Tiri” Cernuda Art, Coral Gables, FL (solo)
“Cundo Bermúdez – Agustín Fernández – Emilio Sánchez,” ACA Galleries, New York, NY
“Cuban Artists: Expressions in Graphics”, Jadite Galleries, New York City (group)
Museum of Modern Art of Latin America, Washington D.C. (solo)
“Cundo Bermúdez Painting/Alfredo Lozano Sculptures”, Bacardí Art Gallery, Miami, FL (solo)
Moved to Washington, D.C.
“Exposición de Cundo Bermúdez”, Instituto de Arte Contemporáneo, Lima, Perú (solo)
“II Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano”, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico (group)
“XXVI Biennale di Venezia”, Venice, Italy (group)
“I São Paulo Art Biennial”, Sao Paulo, Brazil (group)
“Pinturas”. Cundo Bermúdez, Amelia Peláez and Martínez Pedro. Lyceum, Havana, Cuba (group)
Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico (solo)
Palacio de Bellas Artes de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina (solo)
Cuban Painting Exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York City (group)
“An Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture Modern Cuban”, Jose Gomez Sicre Institution, Havana (group)
“Some Contemporary Painters”, Lyceum, Havana, Cuba (group)
“Cundo Bermúdez. Gouaches y Acuarelas”, Lyceum, Havana, Cuba (solo)
“Cuban Contemporary Art Exhibition”, Lyceum, Havana, Cuba (group)
“Three hundred Years of Art in Cuba”, University of Havana, Havana, Cuba (group)
“National Exhibition of Paintings and Sculptures” at the Castillo de la Fuerza, Old Havana, Cuba (group)
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Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
Metropolitan Museum and Art Center, Miami, Florida.
Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places, Miami, Florida.
Museum of Modern Art, New York City.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana, Havana, Cuba.
Hotel Riviera, Havana, Cuba.
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