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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
René Portocarrero






Cuban Art René Portocarrero Figura Ornamentada
(Ornamented Figure)

René Portocarrero
1963
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
30 x 22 inches
05601



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Angel
(Angel)

René Portocarrero
1942
graphite on heavy paper laid down on board
9 3/4 x 7 inches
05727



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
1947
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
14 x 18 inches
05454



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 Background)

René Portocarrero
1971
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on canvas
28 3/4 x 19 7/8 inches
05496



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Catedral en Dorado
(Cathedral in Gold Background)

René Portocarrero
1959
mixed media on board laid down on canvas
20 x 13 inches
05317



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Catedral en Siena
(Cathedral in Sienna)

René Portocarrero
1961
oil on canvas
31 1/8 x 23 inches
05302



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

René Portocarrero
1975
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on canvas
30 x 21 inches
05655



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 Clotaldo
(Clotaldo)

René Portocarrero
1948
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
22 1/2 x 14 1/4 inches
C4426



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
Dama en Amarillo
(Lady in Yellow Background)

René Portocarrero
1958
oil on canvas
28 x 22 inches
05466

Reserved

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
Dos Figuras de Carnaval
(Two Carnival Figures)

René Portocarrero
1970
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
19 3/4 x 25 5/8 inches
05433



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Figura Ornamentada
(Ornamented Figure)

René Portocarrero
1964
ink on heavy paper laid down on board
29 x 23 inches
05440



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 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 Flora Ornamentada
(Ornamented Flora)

René Portocarrero
1971
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
28 1/2 x 20 inches
05372



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Florero
(Flower Vase)

René Portocarrero
1962
oil on canvas
20 x 24 inches
04606



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Florero en Fondo Rojo
(Flower Vase in Red Background)

René Portocarrero
1971
oil on canvas
24 x 20 inches
05635


Reserved
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
Flores
(Flowers)

René Portocarrero
1969
oil on canvas
16 3/4 x 12 7/8 inches
05542



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Flower Vase in Blue Background
(Florero en Fondo Azul)

René Portocarrero
1959
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
19 1/2 x 12 inches
05663



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Interior con Floreros
(Interior with Flower Vases)

René Portocarrero
1942
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
13 3/4 x 9 5/8 inches
05352



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Interior del Cerro con Figura Danzante
(Cerro Interior with Dancing Figure)

René Portocarrero
1944
oil on wood
18 x 15 5/8 inches
05543



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Joven en Interior
(Young Lady in Interior)

René Portocarrero
1949
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
29 x 23 inches
05444



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

René Portocarrero
1975
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on canvas
29 x 20 inches
05541

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Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Madonna con Angeles y Niño
(Madonna with Angeles and Child)

René Portocarrero
1945
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
22 1/4 x 17 5/8 inches
05392



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Mujer con Palomas
(Woman with Doves)

René Portocarrero
1970
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
28 1/2 x 20 inches
05371



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 Ornamentada
(Ornamented Woman)

René Portocarrero
1968
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
28 1/2 x 22 inches
05537



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 Ornamented Figure
(Figura Ornamentada)

René Portocarrero
1968
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
20 1/8 x 14 3/8 inches
05692


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

René Portocarrero
1961
oil on canvas
25 1/8 x 26 1/8 inches
05534

Reserved

Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Paisaje y Bohío
(Landscape Hut)

René Portocarrero
1944
oil on wood
20 x 24 inches
05535



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Praying Figure
(Figura Orante)

René Portocarrero
ca 1937
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
14 x 11 inches
05657



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 Maria Luisa
(Portrait of Maria Luisa)

René Portocarrero
1941
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
14 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches
05350



Cuban Art René Portocarrero Rosaura en Traje Masculino
(Rosaura in Men's Attire)

René Portocarrero
1948
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
22 1/2 x 14 3/8 inches
C4425



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
Santa Bárbara
(Saint Barbara)

René Portocarrero
1963
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on canvas
13 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches
05391

Reserved

Cuban Art René Portocarrero Segundo Retrato de Flora
(Second Portrait of Flora)

René Portocarrero
1965
oil on canvas
33 x 26 inches
05536



Cuban Art René Portocarrero
Shooting Range
(Tiro al Blanco)

René Portocarrero
1952
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
9 3/8 x 12 5/8 inches
05703



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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