Introduction

A multifaceted artist and intellectual, Aldo Menéndez, in conjunction with the Master Samuel Feijoo, is one of the driving forces behind the Performance movement in Cuba. He is also one of the pioneers of photorealism on the island, and in addition played a key role in the development of Latin American serigraphy art. He is the founder of the mythical Taller Portocarrero of Havana, and as if all this were not enough, Master Menéndez was part of the well-known Cuban poster boom of the late 70s. He is considered a veritable expert, a prominent journalist and a promoter of the arts. In 1972, five years after leaving the Cubanacan National Art School, his paintings and drawings were incorporated into the permanent collection of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana. In the 1980s, he was part of the Plastic Arts Assessment Board and the assessment boards of the aforementioned National Museum and the Wifredo Lam Center. During this same period, he was recognized as a Founding Member of the Cuban National Commission Fund for Acquisition, Assessment and Authentication of Cultural Property, institution where he reached the position of Assistant Director of Artistic Creation. In 1987, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Cuba awarded him the National Order of Cuban Culture. He left his country in 1990, moving to Spain and subsequently to the United States. He is fully devoted to his work, which is highly esteemed in both countries and has been exhibited in places as notable as the Arts Pavilion at the Universal Expo/Sevilla 92; the Centro Cultural de la Villa in Madrid; Casa de América, Madrid; and the Museum of Latin American Art of California, among others. Additional information in English about the artist may be obtained by clicking on ‘Contact us.’

Roman Somoza