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Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de LeónFidelio Ponce de León
Period: The Vanguard
1895 - 1949

Mujer y Reflejo
Woman and Reflection, ca. 1944
oil on canvas
19 1/2 x 24 inches

Fidelio Ponce was born in 1895 in Camaguey and died on February 1949 in Havana, Cuba.

He initiated studies at the San Alejandro Academy from 1913 through 1918, year in which he disappeared until 1923. He moved to a suburb neighborhood where he taught drawing to disadvantaged children and worked in commercial arts.
His first exhibition at the Lyceum became a great success for him. His work Las Beatas was awarded a prize from The National Salon, as well as prizes from The Salon of Modern Art in Havana in 1937. At this time his career was on a roll; he traveled to New York and opened exhibitions in the Delphis Studio. Again, he received first prize for his work Los Niños from the National Salon, and then disappeared until 1940. The Museum of Modern Art in New York obtained his work Mujeres as part of its permanent collection.
Ponce, who had a great personality, was a student of Romañach and his work was influenced by academicism. He was obsessed with the color white, which he used to call pintura nacarada in order to project light color from it. He enjoyed Kandinsky's famous words: "...white is a great silence full of possibilities.."

 
 

Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León
Autoretrato
(Self Portrait)

Fidelio Ponce de León
ca. 1949
graphite on paper along with artist's letter
10 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches
01473



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León Búcaro con Flores y Frutas
(Vase with Flowers and Fruits)

Fidelio Ponce de León
ca. 1949
graphite on paper
10 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches
01472



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León
El Lago
(The Lake)

Fidelio Ponce de León
ca. 1940
oil on canvas
16 x 20 inches
02978



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León
El Río
(The River)

Fidelio Ponce de León
ca. 1940
oil on canvas
16 x 20 inches
02987



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León
Hombre con Gorra
(Man with Cap)

Fidelio Ponce de León
ca. 1949
graphite on paper along with artist's letter.
11 x 8 1/2 inches
01474



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León
Hombre Religioso
(Religious Man)

Fidelio Ponce de León
ca. 1949
watercolor on heavy paper, with artist's letter.
9 3/4 x 8 inches
01478



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León Homenaje a Víctor Manuel
(Homage to Víctor Manuel)

Fidelio Ponce de León
1935
graphite on paper
10 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches
01385



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León
Invocación
(Invocation)

Fidelio Ponce de León
ca. 1949
graphite/paper with hand written signed reflection
11 x 8 1/2 inches
01475



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León Katrina
(Katrina)

Fidelio Ponce de León
1938
oil on canvas
35 x 35 inches
C4243



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León
La Beata
(Devout Woman)

Fidelio Ponce de León
1943
oil on canvas
25 x 26 inches
04118



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León La Sobrinita
(The Little Niece)

Fidelio Ponce de León
1946
oil on canvas
24 x 20 inches
00080



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León Madre e Hija
(Mother and Daughter)

Fidelio Ponce de León
1936
graphite on paper
11 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches
01384



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León Martí y la Niña de Guatemala
(Martí and the Girl from Guatemala)

Fidelio Ponce de León
1934
graphite on paper
10 3/4 x 8 inches
01386



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León Muchacha con Lazo
(Young Lady with Bow)

Fidelio Ponce de León
1935
graphite on paper
10 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches
01382



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León Muchacha Sentada
(Seated Young Lady)

Fidelio Ponce de León
ca. 1949
graphite on paper
11 x 8 1/2 inches
01476



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León
Muchacha
(Young Lady)

Fidelio Ponce de León
ca. 1935
graphite on paper
11 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches
01782



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León
Mujer en Fondo Rojo
(Woman in Red Background)

Fidelio Ponce de León
ca. 1949
watercolor on heavy paper with artist's letter
9 3/4 x 7 inches
01477



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León Mujer y Reflejo
(Woman and Reflection)

Fidelio Ponce de León
ca. 1944
oil on canvas
24 x 19 1/2 inches
00984



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León
Mujeres
(Women)

Fidelio Ponce de León
1933
oil on canvas
16 x 16 inches
00975



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León
Mujeres
(Women)

Fidelio Ponce de León
1942
oil on masonite
19 1/2 x 23 inches
C3596



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León Paisaje
(Landscape)

Fidelio Ponce de León
1941
oil on canvas
24 1/4 x 19 3/4 inches
03862



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León Retrato
(Portrait)

Fidelio Ponce de León
1927
oil on cardboard
13 x 16 1/2 inches
C4167



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León Retrato de Hombre
(Portrait of a Gentleman)

Fidelio Ponce de León
ca. 1947
graphite on paper
10 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches
01497



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León
Retrato de Mujer
(Portrait of a Woman)

Fidelio Ponce de León
ca. 1940
oil on canvas
23 x 16 inches
04640



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León Retrato de Rosie
(Portrait of Rosie)

Fidelio Ponce de León
ca. 1935
pencil on paper
12 x 9 1/2 inches
02642



Cuban Art Fidelio Ponce de León
Viejo con Pipa
(Old Man with Pipe)

Fidelio Ponce de León
1927
oil on cardboard
13 x 16 1/4 inches
C4175





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