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Cuban Art René PortocarreroRené Portocarrero
Period: The Vanguard
1912 - 1985

Mujer de Perfil
Woman in Profile, 1979
gouache on heavy paper
30 x 22 inches

Born in the neighborhood of El Cerro, Havana, in 1912. He began painting from an early age and at 14, he entered the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts. Having a strong temperament and unable to adapt to this apprenticeship, he left the institution and started working on his own. His work was first exhibited at the Salon of Fine Arts in Havana. Portocarrero was a professor at the Free Institute of Painting and Sculpture directed by Eduardo Abela in 1939. The artist traveled through Haiti, Europe and the US, where he opened an exhibition at the Julian Levy Gallery, in New York, in 1945. He also worked on many murals and ceramics.

Portocarrero's works are exhibited in the permanent collections of the Museums of Modern Arts of: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York, and San Francisco; at the National Gallery in Canada; at Bellas Artes, Caracas; the Milwaukee Art Center, The Pan American Union in Washington; Modern Arts of Paris; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Art Museum, Indianapolis; Bellas Artes, Montevideo; Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires; Instituto de Arte Contemporaneo, Lima, Peru; and at the National Museum in Havana.


He painted tirelessly since his childhood and never planned any of his work. In his spontaneity, he had no idea what work he would create until the brush was about to strike the canvas. The artist died in Havana on April 7, 1985.

 
 

Cuban Art René Portocarrero Angel con Florero
(Angel with Flower Vase)

René Portocarrero
1955
ink on heavy paper laid down on board
13 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches
02326



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Arlequines
(Harlequins)

René Portocarrero
1943
pencil on paper
13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches
C0420



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Bailarines
(Dancers)

René Portocarrero
1970
Lithography
19 3/4 x 25 1/2 inches
C3079



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Cabeza de Mujer Ornamentada
(Ornamented Head of a Woman)

René Portocarrero
1975
mixed media on heavy paper
29 x 20 inches
03094



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Catedral en Azul
(Cathedral in Blue)

René Portocarrero
1958
mixed media on heavy board laid down on canvas
25 7/8 x 14 1/8 inches
04914



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Ciudad
(City)

René Portocarrero
1954
mixed media on board laid down on canvas
13 1/4 x 17 1/4 inches
03728



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Ciudad Flotante
(Floating City)

René Portocarrero
1952
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
11 x 13 3/4 inches
05119



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Composición
(Composition)

René Portocarrero
1952
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
14 7/8 x 10 3/4 inches
04916



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Crucifixión
(Crucifixion)

René Portocarrero
1943
watercolor on paper
17 3/4 x 12 inches
02303



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Cuatro Mujeres en Interior
(Four Women in Interior)

René Portocarrero
1946
pastel on paper laid down on board
20 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches
05093



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Dama con Sombrero en Fondo Gris Rosa
(Lady with Hat in Gray-Pink Background)

René Portocarrero
1975
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on canvas
29 x 20 inches
04875



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Damas de Carnaval
(Ladies of the Carnival)

René Portocarrero
1975
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
20 3/8 x 27 1/2 inches
05138



Cuban Art René Portocarrero De Fiesta en el Carnaval
(Carnival Fiesta)

René Portocarrero
1948
ink drqawing on heavy paper ladi down on board
22 1/2 x 28 3/4 inches
04964



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Fantasía Sumergida
(Submerged Fantasy)

René Portocarrero
1946
pastel on paper laid down on board
13 1/4 x 15 inches
05094



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Figura Ornamentada con Máscara
(Ornamented Figure with Mask)

René Portocarrero
1963
collage and ink on heavy paper laid down on board
29 3/4 x 21 7/8 inches
04807



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Figura Ornamentada con Tocado de Carnaval
(Ornamented Figure with Carnival Headpiece)

René Portocarrero
1963
gouache on heavy paper laid down on board
30 x 22 inches
04105



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Figura Ornamentada en Fondo Amarillo
(Ornamented Figure in Yellow Background)

René Portocarrero
1963
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
29 7/8 x 22 7/8 inches
04831



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Figura Ornamentada en Rojo
(Ornamented Figure in Red)

René Portocarrero
1969
mixed media on paper laid down on board
19 1/2 x 14 inches
04783



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Figura Ornamental en Fondo Marrón
(Ornamental Figure in Brown Background)

René Portocarrero
1968
mixed media on paper
28 5/8 x 20 inches
04550



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Figuras Bailando
(Dancing Figures)

René Portocarrero
ca. 1948
pastel on paper
20 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches
04645



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Figuras de Carnaval
(Carnival Figures)

René Portocarrero
1952
mixed media on wood
14 1/2 x 18 3/4 inches
C3126



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Flor
(Flower)

René Portocarrero
1942
ink on heavy paper laid down on board
14 x 9 1/2 inches
03835



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Flora
René Portocarrero
1983
mixed media on paper
18 3/4 x 14 inches
02604



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Florero
(Flower Vase)

René Portocarrero
1962
oil on canvas
20 x 24 inches
04606



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Florero
(Flower Vase)

René Portocarrero
1942
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
14 x 9 1/2 inches
03836



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Habana
(Havana)

René Portocarrero
ca 1968
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on canvas
21 3/4 x 29 7/8 inches
05136



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Hada Madrina
(Fairy Godmother)

René Portocarrero
1941
mixed mediaon heavy paper laid down on board
14 5/8 x 10 1/8 inches
04925



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Joven Bailando
(Young Woman Dancing)

René Portocarrero
ca 1947
pastel on heavy paper laid down on board
20 3/8 x 13 1/4 inches
04960



Cuban Art René Portocarrero La Gran Dama
(The Great Dame)

René Portocarrero
1975
mixed mediaon heavy paper laid down on board
24 1/4 x 16 3/8 inches
05137



Cuban Art René Portocarrero La Pareja
(The Couple)

René Portocarrero
1942
ink on heavy paper
14 x 9 1/2 inches
03838



Cuban Art René Portocarrero La Sirenita de Caibarién
(Mermaid of Caibarién)

René Portocarrero
1973
ink on paper
11 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches
C0152



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Mujer de Perfil
(Woman in Profile)

René Portocarrero
1979
gouache on heavy paper
30 x 22 inches
02257



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Mujer en Interior
(Woman in Interior)

René Portocarrero
1943
ink and pencil on paper, laid down on board
14 x 9 3/4 inches
01640



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Mujer en Interior
(Woman in Interior)

René Portocarrero
1942
ink on heavy paper laid down on board
14 x 9 1/2 inches
03837



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Mujer Vitral
(Stained Glass Lady)

René Portocarrero
1958
mixed media on heavy board laid down on canvas
20 3/8 x 13 inches
04915



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Mujer y Paloma
(Woman and Dove)

René Portocarrero
1981
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
15 1/2 x 12 11/4 inches
C3156



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Mujer y Palomas
(Woman and Doves)

René Portocarrero
ca. 1980
mixed media on paper
16 x 13 inches
RC0248



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Mujeres en el Jardín
(Women in the Garden)

René Portocarrero
1947
mixed media on paper
13 x 10 inches
00499



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Mujeres en Interior Habanero
(Women in a Havana Interior)

René Portocarrero
1937
graphite on heavy paper laid down on board
14 1/4 x 11 1/8 inches
05075



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Paisaje de La Habana
(Landscape of Havana)

René Portocarrero
1969
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on canvas
23 x 29 inches
04820

Reserved

Cuban Art René Portocarrero Retrato de Flora con Paloma
( Portrait of Flora and Dove)

René Portocarrero
1982
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
24 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches
03470



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Retrato de Flora, No. 24
(Portrait of Flora, No. 24)

René Portocarrero
1966
oil on canvas
30 X 24 inches
05117



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Retrato de Joven
(Portrait of Young Woman)

René Portocarrero
ca 1937
charcoal on heavy paper laid down on board
14 1/4 x 11 1/8 inches
04957



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Rostro
(Face)

René Portocarrero
ca. 1965
ceramic tile, one of a kind
11 1/2 x11 1/4 x1 1/2 in.
03729



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Rostro y Palomas
(Visage and Doves)

René Portocarrero
1981
ink on paper
16 x 13 inches
C0209



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Sirena
(Mermaid)

René Portocarrero
1975
ink on paper
11 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches
C0153



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Vista de La Ciudad de La Habana
(View of the City of Havana)

René Portocarrero
1970
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
19 3/4 x 26 inches
04438





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