Mundos. Goya y Fabelo.

For the first time in Spain, Fundación Ibercaja is exhibiting, in collaboration with the Madrid City Council, “Mundos, Goya y Fabelo”, an ambitious show about two creative geniuses separated by centuries, but with undeniable similarities in their artistic message: Francisco de Goya (Fuendetodos, Zaragoza, 1746-1828) and Roberto Fabelo (Camagüey, Cuba 1950).

  The exhibition puts some pieces of the renowned Cuban artist in dialogue with the engravings from the series Los Caprichos and Los Desastres de la guerra by the Aragonese genius of universal art.

Two very different contexts, those of Goya and Fabelo, two overflowing imaginations, coexist in the magnificent space of Conde Duque in an exhibition that is also the first Fabelo monograph in Spain.


The Cuban artist has a long career, and in 1978 he won an Award at the New Delhi Triennial of Contemporary Art, and in 1984 he won the Armando Reverón International Drawing Award at the First Havana Biennial. Since the 1990s, she has developed a fruitful professional career that encompasses practically all manifestations of the visual arts: painter, draftsman, engraver, illustrator and sculptor, she is considered by many to be the Honoré Daumier of contemporary Cuban art, whose works contain references to La Dante’s Divine Comedy, the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez, Hieronymus Bosch, the skill of the Dutch and Flemish masters, and Rembrandt.

According to Virginia Alberdi, regarding the Anatomy that was exhibited at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California (2014), “Fabelo’s expressionist affiliation is tied to the western tradition that has been tracing milestones since the engravings of Albrecht Dürer , the abysmal compositions of El Greco and Goya’s Los Caprichos. But they are also related to the Latin American baroque sensibility, which reaches us both in vernacular architecture and in the poetic explosion of the literature of Alejo Carpentier and Gabriel García Márquez”.

Fabelo’s pieces are found in numerous public and private collections internationally, including the collection of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Cuba (MNBA), the Wifredo Lam Center in Cuba, the Casa de las Américas in Havana, Museum of Modern Art of New Delhi, Museum of Modern Art of Mexico City, “El Chopo” University Museum in Mexico City, Nordillaan Kunstmuseum of Denmark, the Permanent Collection of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the headquarters of the UN in New York, the Pérez Art Museum of Miami, PAMM and the Museum of Latin American Art of California, MOLAA, as well as various international galleries.