The rhythm flows ,the passion fill the space
Born Havana, Cuba in the 1960, Humberto came to the United
States in 1971 from the small town of Guanajay, Pinar Del Rio . A Place with
amazing architecture and surrounding farm land, where as a small child
he painted with the red clay soil and charcoal opening a new world of shades
and blending techniques
Humberto started painting at the young age of seven in Cuba using red dirt
and homemade charcoal
His work has been acquired by international corporations ,restaurants ,cruise ships
and private collectors
Named 2006 trendsetter by Art Business News Magazine ,Humberto's music and romantic Cuban themes captures the souls of many, along with his vibrant Comparsas ,his hidden faces behind a flamboyant Cuban hat and his texture have stamped his unique style with movement in every piece.
He continues to paint full time in his studio located now in the city of Coral Gables Florida (The City Beautiful) where he resides ,
He is actively involved in helping multiple charities as Genesis Artist for Aid , The Red Cross ,Uniting Artists for tsunami Victims ,The American Cancer Society ,Save the Children Foundation, March of Dimes ,The Charley Foundation plus Several national international charities and childrens group as well as mentoring and awareness groups,.
Solo exhibition Miami dade College 2010
Nighted by Portugal Royal Family in 2009 & King of Rawanda in 2007
Commisioned multiple pieces by Magos Tropical Cafe /The Mojito room
Commisioned to create one of his largest Mural Painting on canvas in 2010
Commissioned Multiple pieces for one of the worlds most luxurious cruise ship in 2010
Publications Front Cover Artist Art Business News 2005
Selected as one of Miamis artists representing the 2005 Sister Cities International Art Poster Artist South Miami Art Festival,
Poster Artist ,Salsa World Congress
Poster Artist ,Miami Art Festival
Poster Artist Hispanic Heritage Festival
Poster Artist Pinecrest Festival Of the Arts
Poster Artist Everglades Design
Publications Miami Heral 2005 /06/07/08/09/10
Selected as the principal artist for the 2005 Dr.Lou Gehrig's Disease Foundation
Permanent collection Fatima Portugal /Royal Family
Publications Miami Herald /Art Basel 2005
Awarded heritage recognition by the City of West Miami,
Awarded fist price visual Art in SanDiego California
First Place Award Canival on the Mile
First Place Award City Of Pembroke Pines Art Festival
Publications NBC News segment /14-foot Mural 2010
Publications NBC Today in Florida 2006/07/08/09
Publications NBC /Coconut Grove art festival coverage 2006/07/08/09/10
Publications Telemundo 51 / 2007 08/ Accexo Total Mariana Rodriguez 2010
Publications Revista Selecta 2007
Publication MHN CXhicago 2005
Publicatios Isla News 2007/08/09/10
His work has also been featured in national and international news papers and magazines as Art business New 2006 New Editions,New york Art 2006 digital master ,Art Business News March 2006 Trendsetter ,Art Business News / Cover Story / Cuban Art is Hot!/ March 2005 ,,Create Magazine / featured artist /January 2005 , ,El Miami Herald October 2005,Miami Herald 2005( local artist helping Kids),Miami Herald October 2005,Libre / Su arte,Art Basel - Herald Featured Artist /December 2005 - Miami Herald /January 2005 - Neigbors 2005 ( Auction races 180,000 - Diario de Las Americas /December 2004 - Sun Sentinel December 2004 - Life Style / August 2004 - M.H News Chicago - Life style /November 2004 - ,The Miami Herald,2006 - , Diario las Amaricas 2006 - NBC6 MorningShow 2008 - CBS 2007 - NBC6 News 2009 - Canal 51 2009,El Creador Paper 2007 - The Miami Herald 2010,
It gives him immense satisfaction to be able to give back and to help such worthy organizations
After all his talent is a gift from God ! Humberto Say's
A word from the artist
The greens of my home land are unlike any green in the world, it is a place where nature filled the soul, where the magical blue sky and majestic royal palms embraced the landscape.
I grew up in this magical place that transforms a person, and stamps the inner core of your heart with unforgettable memories, thoughts and feelings. Cuba never lets you go. She is pure passion. She is within every Cuban
Inspiration comes from my heart and my homeland.It is the core of my emotions. My paintings are filled with vibrant colors ,movement's and texture. The sugar canes reflect a nourished hunger. The drums reflects the passion I have for music
The beat of the tumbadoras (Conga drums) flow through my soul and it runs through my veins. As a percussionist I play the drums ,Bongos and triple Congas ,in occasions sitting down with local friend musicians for a lfriendly jam section
The colors and the music of my homeland are always vivid in my mind and my work.
I close my eyes and I can still smell the burned sugarcane being milled. All those thoughts are stamped in my senses and in my mind .I use vivid greens that reflect the tobacco fields that I ran through as a boy.
I use strong yellows they are the stained fingers of my mother’s hands, working endlessly in the cigar plant. They are the strongest part of my paintings, these yellows and greens: pure love, the love of my mother.
I use no pre-sketch before I star any of my painting ,I blend and I grind pigments to create my own colors I let the canvas dictate and guide my pasion " we become one"
I allow my heart to flow into the canvas and from within a blank space of the canvas an incredible energy calls me. That energy begins to fill the empty space, and images of my emotions are born into a canvas bonding them. I let memory dictate the moment, I let feelings command the space, and I lay it bear to the viewer to experience my inner soul to experience my Cuba thru my paintings
Out of a world of multiple concepts, I attempt to isolate a singular thought that defines image, without distraction. The harmony colors pose to me, and the sweetness I recall of the sugar cane are parallel to the foundation of my mind and spirit. The Lord has given me this wonderful gift, one I feel is a true blessing.
Thank you for visiting my site and for enjoing my work!
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