The Digital Art Platform ArtWizard presents two of the most significant Cuban painters of the 20th century for a limited time. Mariano Rodríguez (1912 - 1990) was born in Havana and was interested in drawing and painting since boyhood. At age 24 he went to Mexico and met the painter Rodríguez Lozano, who assisted him during his early development. Returning to Cuba, he devoted himself entirely to his painting. In 1937 he was appointed assistant professor at the Escuela Libre de Pintura.
René Portocarrero was a born artist, and his talent manifested early in the form of drawings. Given his skills as yet a boy, he enrolled in San Alejandro Academy at the age of 14, but had many issues with the institutionalized way of art teaching. Having a strong temperament, he aborted his scholarship on his own initiative, carrying on with his work as he thought it should be done. He is thus considered a self-taught artist, and ironically, he went on to become a professor at the Free Institute of Painting and Sculpture in 1939, demonstrating his tremendous mastery over the craft. His free spirit largely translated to the canvas as well, as he used various styles and methods.