Mario Carreño Morales
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Mario Carreño Morales

(May 24, 1913 in Havana, Cuba - December 20, 1999 in Santiago de Chile, Chile) was a Cuban painter. He studied painting in the Academia de San Alejandro, Havana, Cuba since 1925 until 1926. In 1934, he studied in the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, Spain. Due to the Spanish Civil War he moves to Mexico, where he gets to meet and worked with the great muralists(Alfaros Sequeiros), that’s how the mural becomes parts of his work. In 1937 in the Ecole des Arts Appliques, Paris, France and in the same year in the Academie Julian, Paris, France. Among his teachers was Jaime Colson, was here in Paris where he began to exhibit his first successful work. The artist environment was excellent, surrounded by the same social circles as Picasso and Lam.

During the 40’s he moved to New York where he began to do abstract painting, which was in vogue at the time. He had several important exhibitions in Perls Gallery. Between 1951 and 1954 he goes back to Havana to work as a teacher. In 1957 went to Chile, at the urging of someone who was already a great friend, Pablo Neruda, for him Chile was a sort of paradise, in contrast to the overly fast paced realty of New York. Returned to Paris in 1962, he was extremely preoccupied and anguished over the possibility of an atomic war. For a long time, he was traumatized by a fear that pervaded all Europe. From this experience emerged the series 'The Petrified World', which was a protest against war and human suffering. Thereafter, returned to Chile definitely and continued growing as a talented artist. Culminating with his last period with the surrealism.

He has been awarded:

  • 1956 – Guggenheim International Award, New York City.
  • 1982 – National Prize of Art of Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile.
  • 1987 – Cintas Foundation Fellowship, New York City.
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Abstracto, 1949 On Paper (15 x 11 inches) (38.1 x 27.9 cm)
Festin, 1947 Oil on board lay down on wood (38 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches) (97.8 x 90.2 cm)
Arlequin, 1939 Ink on Paper (23 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches) (59.7 x 45.7 cm)
Banistas, 1947 Oil on Canvas (42 1/2 x 54 1/2 inches) (108 x 138.4 cm)
Mario Carreño Morales
Mario Carreño Morales

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