Daniel Serra BADUE
"I don't feel like a foreigner in any place, because I continue to create my own vision of the world." - Daniel Serra-Badué
Exile would define Cuban-born Badué (1914-1996) who first attended art school in Santiago de Cuba, then Havana, and Barcelona. Upon arriving in New York City, he attended the Art Students League, the National Academy of Design, and Columbia University. He would remain in the United States from then on, considered by many to be the godfather of Cuban art in exile. A surrealist artist working a manner sometimes reminiscent of Magritte, his paintings and prints have a quiet tension and are suggestive, poetic, beautifully executed, and richly colored.
His talent was recognized early with significant awards. He was the first Cuban American winner of the prestigious Guggenheim - receiving two consecutive fellowships in 1938 and 1939. Later in his career, Serra-Badué was one of the first recipients of the newly established Cintas Fellowship in 1963. He would later serve on the Cintas Board, which has continued ever since to support Cuban arts and humanities. In 1994, He was one of the artists featured in Artists in Exile, four television documentaries directed by prominent Latino activist and director Ray Blanco. His work is in multiple collections and has been featured in several major shows.