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.