It began in 1999 when the Mexican printmaking publisher Ramón Carvallo (RIP) invited to Fabelo to be part of his collection of limited edition projects of large-size prints. In those years the Cuban artist Luis Miguel Valdés was preparing the opening of his printmaking workshop with large presses in Mexico City, named La Siempre Habana. That was the perfect moment to connect those friends, Fabelo and Valdés, two Cuban artists who studied together in National School of Arts in Havana in the 60’s.
This first work, “Dream of Mermaid”, was the large piece conceived. And it was using “wax-graph”, an uncommon technique that let the artist to feel free drawing in a copper plate like a paper. The piece shows us a giant and beautiful mermaid, expressing that mermaids has dreams with the sailors too. And there is several details on the piece: the face of the mermaid is a portrait of his wife Suyú, in the ships we can find out the names of his sons, in the seawall a self portrait of Fabelo, and more. That was the beginning of several projects that Fabelo made in La Siempre Habana. And there are more coming soon. All that pieces have been acquired by several collections.
Roberto Fabelo is a painter, draftsman, engraver, illustrator and sculptor, he was born in Guáimaro, Cuba, on January 28, 1950. He studied in Havana at the Escuela Nacional de Arte (1967-1972) and graduated in 1981 from the Instituto Superior de Arte. In this high-school teaching center he served as a teacher for several years. He is a member of "the generation of sure hope," which emerged in the 1980s. He has been known for the absurd humor he has embedded in his watercolors and sculptures, such as his ongoing series of bare-chested women wearing pots and pans, tinplate or conchshells as hats. A good example of his work is Fantastic Journey (2012), one of the largest non commemorative statues in Havana, representing a naked woman mounted on a chicken and armed with a fork. He has made more than 20 personal exhibitions in more than 20 countries, and has been awarded in Cuba and abroad, recognized with the Abel Santamaría Medal, the Alejo Carpentier Medal and the Juan Marinello Order, the Commemorative Plaque for the 480th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Villa of San Cristóbal de La Habana and the Plaque of the City of the Community of Andalusia, Spain. His work is exhibited in private collections in 37 countries and in numerous institutional collections around the world.
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