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Santiago Rodríguez Olazábal | Cuba

Born in 1955 in Havana, Cuba,
Lives and works in Havana, Cuba.
Painting, drawing, sculpture

Trained at the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro, in Havana, Cuba, he does not end his education there (1972-1975).

Santiago Rodríguez Olazábal wins the first prize in the drawing contest of Havana, Cuba (1986) ; as well as a silver plaque in the 4th Art Biennial of Ankara, Turkey (1992).

In 1997, he is artist in residence at the CAAM, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria ; and in 1998, at the Banff Centre for the Arts of Alberta, Canada.

His last individual shows include : Orí, El Òrìsà Personal at the Galería Villa Manuela in Havana, Cuba (2009) and at the gallery Tele Pinar (2008) in Pinar del Rio, Cuba ; Pequeñas cosas at the Galería La Casona in Havana, Cuba (2007) ; Onile. El espíritu sagrado de la tierra at the Centro de Arte of Holguín, Cuba (2006) and at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, Cuba (2005) ; Ewe tete at the Galería La Casona in Havana, Cuba (2005) ; Imagen saca palabra at the Galerie Intemporel in Paris, France (2002) ; Preámbulo at the Galería Pequeño Espacio of the Consejo Nacional de las Artes Plásticas in Havana, Cuba (2002) and Yo nunca moriré at the Galería Habana in Havana, Cuba (2002).

Regarding his participation to collective exhibitions, his work was showcased in : Ya sé leer, imagen y texto en el Arte Latinoamericano at the Centro de Arte Wilfredo Lam of Havana and at the Sandra Montenegro Gallery of Miami, USA (2012-2011) ; Uprooted/Transmigrations (2011) and The African Caribbean (2011) at the PanAmerican Art Projects of Miami, USA ; Ajiaco. Stirrings of the Cuban Soul at the Newark Museum of Newark, USA (2011) ; Spiritualité, Rituels et Imaginaires de Caraïbe at the Conseil Régional of Fort-de-France, Martinique (2011) ; Polaridad Complementaria: Recent Works from Cuba (more than 5 American cities, 2010) ; Confluencias: Inside Arte Cubano Contemporáneo at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum (2009-2010) ; Bienvenido at the QbaVa Gallery of Union City, USA (2009) ; Puntos de vista. Daros Latinamerica Collection at the Bochum Museum of Bochum, Germany (2007) ; Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art at the Brooklyn Museum of New York, USA (2007-2008) or Arte de Cuba at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in São Paulo, in Río de Janeiro and in Brasilia, Brasil (2006).

Santiago Rodríguez Olazábal showcased his work in the art fairs Arteaméricas ; PINTA London & New York ; Los Angeles Art Show ; National Black Fine Art Show in New York, USA…

He also exhibited in the collateral exhibitions of the 11th (2012) and 10th (2009) Havana Biennial, Cuba.

Santiago Rodríguez Olazábal’s artworks are contained in the collections of the following institutions :

Centro Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam in Havana, Cuba ; Casa de las Américas in Havana, Cuba ; Galería La Casona in Havana, Cuba ; DAROS Collection in Zürich, Switzerland ; CAAM de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria ; PanAmerican Art Projects in Miami, USA or the private collections von Christierson or Skandar Maleki in London, UK.

Artworks by the artist

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