Roberto Fabelo (Cuban, b.1950) was born in Camagüey, Cuba, and is known for his illustrations, ceramic work, sculptures, and paintings. He studied painting, first at the Escuela Nacional de Arte, and later at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. Fabelo's most recent works in drawing, watercolor, oil, and installation focus on the human condition, incorporating distorted human and animal figures into portraits and fantastic scenery. He employs elements of Expressionism and Surrealism in his work, while at the same time grounding the images in an almost academic and historical setting in order to question the division between fantasy and reality.

In addition to working as an artist, Fabelo teaches art in Cuba, and has also worked as an illustrator for novels by the Columbian author Gabriel García Márquez. His work has been shown in more than 40 solo exhibitions, and over 500 group exhibitions, worldwide, in countries such as Switzerland, Japan, the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Ecuador.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Medal for National Culture, the Alejo Carpentier Medal, First Prize at the 11th International Biennial of Drawing in the UK, First Prize at the Primera Bienal Iberoamericana de la Acuarela in Viña del Mar, Chile, and a UNESCO prize for the promotion of Fine Art.

Fabelo lives and works in Havana, Cuba.

Timeline

1951
Born: in Guáimaro, Camagüey, Cuba
1972
Prize. Painting. II Youth National Salon of Visual Arts, Havana.
1973
Prize. Painting. National Salon of Arts Instructors and Professors, Havana/Mention. Drawing. National Salon of Arts Instructors and Professors /Mention. Painting. III National Youth Salon.
1974
Grand Prize. Drawing. National Salon of Arts Instructors and Professors
1976
Escuela Nacional de Arte (ENA), Havana, Cuba
1976
Prize. Drawing. Contest 26 de Julio, Havana/Mention. Engraving. National Salon of Visual Arts, Matanzas, Cuba.
1977
Mention. National Salon of Drawing, Pinar del Río, Cuba.
1978
Acquisition Prize, Third Contemporary Art Triennial, New Delhi, India
1979
National Drawing Prize Arístides Fernández, Havana, Cuba
1980
First Prize in Drawing, Salón Nacional de Artes Plásticas de la UNEAC, Havana, Cuba
1981
Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), Havana, Cuba
1981
Adquisition Prize. Girón Salon, Havana/Prize. Hermanos Saíz Brigade. National Salon on Small Format, Havana.
1984
International Prize in Drawing Armando Reverón, I Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba
Prize in Drawing, Rijeka, Yugoslavia
Prize in Drawing "lntergrafik '84", East Germany
1985
Abel Santamaría Medal. Council of State of the Republic of Cuba.
1988
La Rosa Blanca (The White Rose) National Prize. Best Work on Children Book Illustration, Havana.
1993
First Prize, XI International Drawing Biennial, Cleveland, UK
1996
First Prize, I Spanish American Watercolor Biennial "Viña del Mar", Chile
1996
UNESCO Prize for the promotion of visual arts
2004
National Prize of Plastic Arts.

Exhibitions

2005
Latin American Invitational 2005, ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries, Miami, FL
Mundos, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba (solo)
Mascaras, simulacros, espejismos, disfraces, Galeria Luis de Soto, Facultad de Artes y Letras, Universidad de la Habana, Havana, Cuba (solo)
Proyecto Espacios, Galeria Espacios, Madrid, Spain
Recuento de un año, Galeria Villa Manuela, Havana, Cuba
2004
13 pintores cubanos de hoy, Galeria Mediterranea, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Art Toronto 2004, Cuba Art, Metro Toronto Convention Center, Toronto, Canada
Plastica cubana contemporánea, Galeria Entre Aguas, Madrid, Spain
Mirada interior, Convento de San Francisco de Asis, Havana, Cuba
2003
Un poco de mi, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba (solo)
Onda expansiva: ocho años, Galeria Lyle O’Rietzel, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Sentido común, Galeria Habana, Havana, Cuba
En el borde, exposición de arte erotico, Hotel Palacio O’Farrill, Havana, Cuba
2001
II Salon de Arte Erotico, Galeria La Acacia, Havana, Cuba
Art Paris 2001, Carrousel del Louvre, Paris, France
Fabelo, Lucio Muñoz y Manolo Valdes, tres nombres, tres conceptos, tres caminos; Galeria Pedro Torres, Logroño, Spain
2000
Tres de Cuba, Galeria Moleiros, Monterrey, Mexico
Roberto Fabelo, Galeria Charlotte Moser, Geneve, Switzerland (solo)
Cuba 2000. Espace Commines, París, France
1999
Mas alla del papel, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain
6 pintores cubanos, Galeria Arte Actual, La Dehesa, Santiago de Chile, Chile
1998
Roberto Fabelo, Obra reciente, IX Feria de Arte Santander, Santander, Spain (solo)
Plastica cubana, Galeria Ator, Gijon, Spain
Peninsulares y criollos, Diputacion de Huesca, Huesca, Spain
1997
Trabajos en el proceso, Galeria La Acacia, Havana, Cuba (solo)
Feria de Arte Santander, Santander, Spain
ARCO, Madrid, Spain
1996
I Bienal Iberoamericana de Acuarela, Viña del Mar, Chile
ARCO, Madrid, Spain
1995
Imágenes de Marti, Teatro Nacional Ruben Dario, Managua, Nicaragua
Imágenes de Marti, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Ciudad de Panama, Panama
Arte Contemporaneo Cubano, Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
12 cuentos peregrinos, Galeria Latinoamericana, Casa de las Americas, Havana, Cuba
ARCO, Madrid, Spain
1994
Galeria Torres, Bilbao, Spain (solo)
El trio de la seducción, Galeria La Acacia, Havana, Cuba
1993
Fabelo, Galeria Torres, Bilbao, Spain (solo)
Galeria Xeito, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Dibujo no te olvido, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba
1992
Galeria Elaine Benson, New York, NY
Artistas cubanos de hoy, San Roman de Escalante, Cantabria, Spain
Genesis y raíces, Galeria La Acacia, Havana, Cuba
1991
Donde esta Fabelo? Dibujando, Galeria Galiano, Havana, Cuba (solo)
18 Pintores Cubanos, Festival L’Humanite, Paris, France
1990
Dibujos, Galeria Metropolitana, Mexico D.F., Mexico (solo)
Galeria Tamiz, Maracaibo, Venezuela (solo)
1989
Acuarelas, Galeria Pacifico, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (solo)
1988
Fragmentos vitales, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba (solo)
Dibujos y Acuarelas, Galeria OMR, Mexico (solo)
1987
Fragmentos vitales, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico (solo)
Cuban Painting, United Nations, New York, NY
1986
II Bienal de la Habana, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba (solo)
Centro Cultural Hispanico, Atenas, Greece (solo)
1985
Muestrario, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico (solo)
Casa de la Cultura de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Papeles Recientes, Galeria Habana, Havana, Cuba
Joan Miró Contest, Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
1983
Galeria de Arte de Bayamo, Bayamo, Cuba (solo)
Seven Contemporary Cuban Artists, Museo de Arte Moderno, Madrid, Spain
1982
Galeria Latina, Stockolm, Sweden (solo)
1981
Kubanska Tecknare, Galeria Latina, Stockolm, Sweden (solo)
Nordylland Bank, Albourg, Denmark (solo)
1980
Ten Cuban Artists of Today, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY
1979
Escuela de Arte de San Alejandro, Havana, Cuba (solo)

Public Collections

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba
New Dehli Museum of Modern Art, New Dehli, India
Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City, Mexico
Nordillaan Kunstmuseum, Alborg, Denmark
The Gallery of the Yugoslav Portrait, Tuzla, Yugoslavia
Centro Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba
Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba
Museo de la Universidad El Chopo, México
United Nations, New York, NY
Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy