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Abel Barroso | Cuba

Born in 1971, in Pinar del Río, Cuba,
Lives and works in Havana, Cuba
Contra las Fronteras by Corina Matamoros
Buscando el Dorado by Irina Leyva-Perez

Graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) of Havana (1995).

He was artist in residence at the Shenzhen Fine Art Institute of Shenzhen, China (2011) ; at the Yomoyama-So Domestic Art Project of Ibaraki, Japan (2008) and at Art in General and the Bronx Council of the Arts in New York, USA (1997).

Individual shows by Abel Barroso

Un país, una ilusión at PanAmerican Art Project in Miami, USA (2013) ; There’s no place like home at the Couturier Gallery of Los Angeles, USA (2012) ; Abel Barroso at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes  of Havana (2012) ; Xilografía, plexiglás, acrílico at the gallery Michel Soskine in Madrid, Spain (2012) ; Muros reales. Muros virtuales at the Galería Villa Manuela of Havana and at the Espace Saint-Rémi in Bordeaux, France (2010) ; Se acabó la guerra fría a gozar con la globalización at the gallery Promo-Arte in Tokyo, Japan (2008) and at the Galería Servando of Havana (2006) ; Como se parece tu isla a mi isla at the Galería Espacio in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2006) ; De todo un poco at the Museo de Arte de Pinar del Río, Cuba (2005) and the travelling exhibition Café internet del tercer mundo at the Center for Cuban Studies of New York (2002) and presented during the 7th Havana’s Biennial in 2000.

Collective exhibitions

Caribbean: Crossroads of the World at Studio Museum in Harlem, Museo del Barrio and Queens Museum of Art, New York, USA (2012) ; Earth, Sky, Water at the gallery Michel Soskine in Madrid (2012) ; Dream and premonition at the Galería Promo-Arte of Tokyo, Japan (2012) ; Entre Trópicos 46005‘: CUBA/BRASIL at the Caixa Cultural Río de Janeiro, Brasil (2012) ; Caraïbe en expansion at the Centre Culturel de Recontre Fonds Saint-Jacques of Sainte Marie, Martinique (2011-2012) ; Living in Havana at the Marlborough Gallery in New York (2011) ; Uprooted/Transmigrations at the Pan American Art Projects in Miami (2011) ; Cuban Gold: Viva la reproducción. Prints by contemporary Cuban artists at the London Print Studio (2011) ; Cuba Avant-Garde at the Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art in Beijing (2010) ; Polaridad Complementaria: Recent Works from Cuba at the New Orleans Museum of Art (2010) ; the travelling exhibition Cuba Avant-Garde: Contemporary Cuban Art From The Farber Collection (2007) and Isla en Continente. Arte Cubano Contemporáneo at the Galería Nacional de Arte Fundarte in Honduras (2008).

Biennials, fairs

Abel Barroso also participated in the biennials of Havana (like in the 11th in 2012), Lisbon, the Bovisa Trienial in Milan, and the Trienal Poli/gráfica de San Juan: América Latina y el Caribe in Puerto Rico.

His work was presented in the art fairs Art Brussels, ARCOmadrid, Art Wynwood, Art Miami, Art Paris Art Fair


Abel Barroso’s artworks are contained in the collections of the following institutions : MoMA, Whitney Museum, Centro de Estudios Cubanos of New York, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes of Havana, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales and Centro de Arte Wilfredo Lam, both in Havana.


Abel Barroso received the Distinction for National Culture in Cuba in 2005. In 2003 he guest the National Curating Award for the event La Huella Múltiple organized by the Cuban CNAP while in 2002 the same show receives the Award for Best Show of the Year at Gallery 106 in Austin, USA.

Exclusive Interview with Abel Barroso

Abel Barroso answered to Uprising Art’s question during the 11th Havana Biennial. He presented how he works on wood and his creative process as well shared more insight on his recurrent investigation on the migration and exile themes. He explained how he succeeds to renegociate the democratic dialectics through artworks that are both humouristic and cynical.

Read Abel Barroso’s interview

Artworks by the artist

Abel Barroso | Residencia múltiple

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Abel Barroso | El mundo es plano

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Abel Barroso | Pinball del Emigrante

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