Raúl Martínez

Ciego de Ávila, Cuba, 1927 – Havana, Cuba, 1995

Cuban painter, designer and photographer. One of the most important examples of abstract expressionism of the mid-twentieth century, and a paradigm of pop art in Cuba.

He moved to Havana in 1940 to study drawing. He worked in a number of odd jobs, from office boy to shop assistant. In 1946 he joined the San Alejandro National Academy of Fine Arts, where he only stayed two years because his meagre income did not allow him to continue.

His work and his life have been related to all the key moments of Cuban culture after 1959. He participated in the budding Cuban film industry, in the founding and development of the House of the Americas, in the creation and development of the Cuban Book Institute, in the promotion and extension of artistic photography, in the unforgettable era of the Cuban poster and in the great projects of our theatre, among other milestones.