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Cuban Art Roberto EstopiñánRoberto Estopiñán
Period: Modern
1921

Desnudo
Naked, 1990
bronze sculpture, unique piece
31 x 9 x 7 inches

Roberto Estopiñán, a sculptor, draftsman, and printmaker, was born in Camaguey, Cuba on March 18, 1921. Estopiñán enrolled at the San Alejandro Academy when he was just 14 years old and became the protegé and studio assistant of the sculptor Juan José Sicre. Throughout the 1950s, Estopiñán received important prizes at various national exhibitions in Havana. In 1953 he was the only semi-finalist from Latin America at the Tate Gallery's international sculpture competition for a Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner. In 1961, the artist moved to New York, where he resided until 2002.


Since the 1980s, he has been involved with the female torso as his favorite expressive form. As a printmaker and draftsman, his production was thematically parallel to his sculptures. The most complete collection of his prints (1959-96) is found in the Jersey City Museum in New Jersey, where an exhibition was hosted in the spring of 1996. Together with Juan Jose Sicre, Alfredo Lozano and Agustin Cardenas, Estopiñán is considered one of the pioneers of modern sculpture in Cuba and Latin America. The artist recently retired to Miami, FL.

“His work in the early 1950s was an evocation of Maillol and his resonant masses. During the same decade, Estopiñán produced totems and angular figures that reverberated with influences from Africa and Oceania…
Estopiñán has always been on a quest for a pure, essential form that he can load with content. He best demonstrates this quest with the obsessive use he has made of the female torso as his subject since 1978. This is an iconic subject found behind many manifestations of Western art, and of other arts as well. There are hundreds of variations on this theme in the hands of Estopiñán alone, but no two of them are alike. He revises, adds, subtracts, and transforms this essential female form in countless ways.”

Bibliography

Xenia Bas de Tamayo: Roberto Estopiñán: El escultor que insiste en buscar la forma más pura. Replica, Miami, FL 1992-1993. in Veigas, J., et al, eds. Memoria, Cuban Art of the Twentieth Century. 1st ed. Los Angeles, CA: California International Arts Foundation, 2002.

Anreus, Alejandro Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ. Retreived from http://www.askart.com, Sept 2006

 
 

Cuban Art Roberto Estopiñán Cabeza Cubierta con Oja
(Head covered with Leaf)

Roberto Estopiñán
1971
bronze sculpture
7 x 6 x 5 inches
RC0074



Cuban Art Roberto Estopiñán Cabeza
(Head)

Roberto Estopiñán
Undated
sculpture
15 x 8 1/4 x 13 inches
RC0076



Cuban Art Roberto Estopiñán Cabeza
(Head)

Roberto Estopiñán
Undated
sculpture
8 x 6 x 9 inches
RC0075



Cuban Art Roberto Estopiñán Compromiso
(Commitment)

Roberto Estopiñán
1991
mixed media on paper
40 x 26 inches
05615



Cuban Art Roberto Estopiñán De la Serie Prisionero
(From the Prisoner Series)

Roberto Estopiñán
ca 1961-62
wooden sculpture
18 x 13 x 10 inches
05100



Cuban Art Roberto Estopiñán Desnudo
(Nude)

Roberto Estopiñán
1990
bronze sculpture, unique piece
31 x 9 x 7 inches
03557



Cuban Art Roberto Estopiñán Desnudo de Mujer
(Female Nude)

Roberto Estopiñán
1987
graphite on paper
44 x 30 1/4 inches
05610



Cuban Art Roberto Estopiñán Dos Mujeres
(Two Women)

Roberto Estopiñán
ca. 1978
mixed media on paper
37 1/2 x 21 3/4 inches
RC0077



Cuban Art Roberto Estopiñán El Testigo
(The Witness)

Roberto Estopiñán
1969
mixed media on paper
35 x 23 inches
05613



Cuban Art Roberto Estopiñán Figura Abstracta
(Abstract Figure)

Roberto Estopiñán
1969
engraving in metal
17 1/2 x 12 inches
05617



Cuban Art Roberto Estopiñán Figura de Mujer
(Figure of a Woman)

Roberto Estopiñán
1977
mixed media on paper
16 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches
C1236



Cuban Art Roberto Estopiñán Figura Sentada
(Seated Figure)

Roberto Estopiñán
1988
graphite on paper
44 x 30 1/4 inches
05609



Cuban Art Roberto Estopiñán Hamlet
Roberto Estopiñán
1988
graphite on paper
44 x 30 1/4 inches
05608



Cuban Art Roberto Estopiñán Hamlet II
Roberto Estopiñán
1988
mixed media on paper
40 x 25 3/4 inches
05616



Cuban Art Roberto Estopiñán Mujer con Melena
(Woman with Afro)

Roberto Estopiñán
1982
mixed media on paper
39 1/4 x 27 3/4 inches
05614



Cuban Art Roberto Estopiñán Mujer Desnuda
(Nude Woman)

Roberto Estopiñán
ca 1951
wooden mahogany sculpture
18 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches
05950



Cuban Art Roberto Estopiñán Pareja
Couple

Roberto Estopiñán
1968
mixed media on paper
40 x 26 1/2 inches
C3851



Cuban Art Roberto Estopiñán
Prisoners
(Prisioneros)

Roberto Estopiñán
ca 1964
mahogany wood sculpture
35 x 19 1/2 x 25 inches
C4730



Cuban Art Roberto Estopiñán
Rostro
(Face)

Roberto Estopiñán
ca. 1980
mixed media on paper
19 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches
RC0078



Cuban Art Roberto Estopiñán Siempre Eterna
(Always Eternal)

Roberto Estopiñán
1992
bronze sculpture, unique piece
31 x 9 x 9 inches
03577



Cuban Art Roberto Estopiñán Torso de Mujer
(Torso of a Woman)

Roberto Estopiñán
ca. 1990
mixed media on paper
44 x 30 1/4 inches
01788



Cuban Art Roberto Estopiñán Un Hombre y Una Mujer
(A Man and a Woman)

Roberto Estopiñán
1987
graphite on paper
44 x 30 inches
05611



Cuban Art Roberto Estopiñán Unión Perfecta
(Perfect Union)

Roberto Estopiñán
ca. 1990
mixed media on paper
40 x 27 inches
05612





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