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Luis Cruz Azaceta | Cuba

Born in 1942, in Havana, Cuba,
Lives and works in New Orleans, USA
Painting, sculpture

As someone in exile, this condition led the artist to get interested – in a recurring way – to emigration be it voluntary or forced; and its consequences: physical but also mental relocation, solitude, loss of familiar landmarks; then construction of a diaspora and adoption or rejection of the new country and its concerns; finally, whatever the result of exile it triggers an intercultural encounter.

Luis Cruz Azaceta also addresses violence and relationships between the State, the individuals and global changes.

Graduated from the Visual Arts’ School of New York (1969).

Individual shows by Luis Cruz Azaceta

Terraforma at the Allegro Gallery in Panamá, Panamá (2012) ; Shifting States at the Arthur Roger Gallery of New Orleans, USA (2012) ; Trajectories at the PanAmerican Art Projects in Miami, USA (2010) ; Intrusion in Paradise at the Allegro Gallery in Panama (2010) ; Laberintos at the Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2010) ; Swimming to Havana at the New Orleans Museum of Art, USA  (2010) ; Museum Plans at the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery in Miami, USA (2008) ; Ambulatory at the Galeria Ramis Barquet in New York, USA (2007) ; Bloom at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Jacksonville, USA (2006) or Joy-Ride at the Fredric Snitzer Gallery of Miami, USA (2004).

Collective exhibitions

Urbanitas at PanAmerican Art Projects in Miami, USA (2012) ; America Latina: Arte Y Confrontacion at the Palacio de Bellas Artes of Mexico (2010) ; High Water Marks: Art & Renewal After Katrina at the Amistad Center at the Wadworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, USA (2010) ; Exile: 3 Cubans From The 80’s Generation at the Galeria Ramis Barquet in New York, USA (2009) and the travelling exhibitions Cuba Avant-Garde: Contemporary Cuban Art From The Farber Collection (2007) and Latin American Graphics: The Evolution Of Identity From Mythical To The Personal (2004).

Biennials, fairs

Luis Cruz Azaceta participated in the art fairs Arteaméricas, PINTA, Art Basel Miami, USA and in Prospect, the biennial of New Orleans, USA.


Luis Cruz Azaceta’s artworks are contained in the collections of the following institutions : Frost Art Museum in Miami ; Fort Lauderdale Museum Of Art ; Harvard Art Museum ; Museo Del BarrioMoMA and Whitney Museum in New York, USA ; Museo de Arte Moderno in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic ; and some private collections such as the Puerto Rican Diana & Moises Berezdivin.


Luis Cruz Azaceta is the recipient of several prizes from the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2010), the Penny McCall Foundation (1992) and the National Endowment for the Arts of Washington (1985).