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Aldo Menéndez (b. Cienfuegos, Cuba, 1948-2020 Miami, US). A multifaceted artist and intellectual, started very early in the 60s; Menéndez was part of the well-known Cuban poster boom of the 60’s - 70’s. Since 1968 when he made his first personal exhibition, there have been innumerable individual and collective shows. He is also one of the pioneers of Photorealism on the island (1973-80), as well as the founder of the Taller de serigrafía René Portocarrero of Havana. “Within the new generation, Aldo Menéndez isn’t only an outstanding painter, but also an artistic promoter extraordinary” (René Portocarrero words for the inauguration of the serigraphy atelier in 1983). In 1972, his paintings and drawings were incorporated into the permanent collection of the National Museum of Havana. In 1973 he founded the magazine Revolución y Cultura which he artistically directed and wrote for 9 years. In the 80’s he was an adviser to the Wifredo Lam Center and the National Museum.  In 1987, the Ministry of Culture awarded him the National Order of Cuban Culture. He left his country in 1990, moving to Spain and subsequently to the United States in 1995. He has been exhibited in places as notable as the Arts Pavilion at the Universal Expo/Sevilla, Centro Cultural de la Villa in Madrid, La Tertulia Museum, Colombia, Museo Linares, Mexico and the Museum of Latin American Art of California, among others. He wrote art critiques  for the newspaper El Nuevo Herald, Art Districts, Art Pulse, Art Nexus, and Art on Cuba magazines, etc.

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