1914
Born in Manzanillo, Cuba 

1927
Exhibit of caricatures, La Fortuna shop windows, Manzanillo, Cuba

1930
Attends the San Alejandro Academy; studies sculpture with Juan José Sicre, Havana

1934-1936
Receives fine arts scholarship to Europe; studies sculpture with Charles Alexandre Malfray at the Academie Ranson, Paris

1937
Arrives in New York

1937-1939
Political cartoons for the Spanish language newspaper La Voz, New York, NY 

1939
Returns to Cuba; works as political cartoonist for the newspaper Hoy, Havana, Cuba

1940
Travels to Mexico; works at the Taller de Gráfica Popular 

1941
Returns to New York; takes classes at the Art Students League

1943
Marries Ilse Erythropel, sculptor 

1943-1945
Serves in U.S. Army (England, Belgium, and France) 

1946
Returns to New York; dedicates himself primarily to painting 

1950
Moves with his wife and two daughters to Teaneck, NJ

1950-1956
Attends Art Students League; studies with Morris Kantor, New York, NY

1963-1965
Instructor of printmaking at Werkkunstschule, Krefeld, Germany

1967
Ilse Erythropel dies 

1968
Begins to visit Cuba regularly

2002
Dies in Havana


One-man shows

1934
Sculpture exhibit, College of Architects, Havana

1939
Lyceum de La Habana, Havana 

1948
Lyceum de La Habana, Havana

1954
Artists Gallery, New York, NY (first NY exhibit)
University of Havana, Havana

1956
Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York, NY

1955
Galeria Sudamericana New York, exhibition of Cuban paintings 

1958
Galería Color-Luz, Havana
Galerie Gunar, Dusseldorf, Germany (with Ilse Erythropel)
Stadtische Kunsthalle, Recklinghausen, Germany 

1960
Galerie Weiss, Kassel, Germany
Arts Club, Chicago, Ill.
Galerie Seide, Hannover, Germany 

1961
Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York, NY 

1963
Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York, NY
Werkkunstschule, Krefeld, Germany 

1968
Casa de la Cultura, Plaza, Havana 

1975
Galería Habana, Havana 

1978
Casa de la Cultura, Plaza, Havana 

1980
Casa de la Cultura, Plaza, Havana
Casa de la Cultura, Bejucal, Havana 

1983
“Jardinero del garabato” Galería Habana, Havana
“Esfinges de la Guerra” Galería Plaza Vieja, Havana 

1986
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes: Retrospectiva, 1940-1986, Havana

1988
Galería Angel Romero, Madrid 

1990
Galerie Paris-Bastille, Paris 

1992
Galería Habana, Havana 

1994
Galería Charles Chaplin, Havana 

1995
Mujeres, Galería MirArte, Centro de Prensa Internacional, Havana 

1996
Galería Ángel Romero, Madrid 

1997
Galería Espacio Abierto, Havana
“Memorias sin título”, Centro Cultural Pablo de la Torriente Brau, Havana 

1998
Galería Lausin & Blasco, Zaragoza 

1999
Ventana abierta, Galería La Acacia, Havana

2003
Centro Cultural Pablo de la Torriente Brau, Havana

2014
Biblioteca Nacional José Martí, Havana

  

Group shows

1934
XVII Salon de Bellas Artes, Havana 

1935
Exposición Nacional de Pintura y Escultura, Havana

1937
Exposición de Arte Moderno, Salon del Centro Dependiente, Havana 

1938
II Exposición Nacional de Pintura y Escultura, Havana 

1940
Exposición 1940, Juárez, Mexico

1941
Exposición de Pintura y Escultura Moderna, Lyceum de La Habana, Havana
Exposición del Taller de Gráfica Popular de Mexico,  Lyceum de La Habana, Havana 

1943
Exposición del Patronato de las Artes Plásticas, Lyceum y Lawn Tennis Club, Havana 

1944
Legación de Cuba en Moscú, Moscow 

1945
Salón Vicente Escobar, Havana
Modern Cuban Painters, Port-au-Prince, Haiti 

1946
Pintura cubana moderna, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico; Washington D.C.; La Plata, Argentina
III Exposición Nacional de Pintura y Escultura, Havana 

1948
College of Architects, Havana 

1949
Contemporary Cuban Paintings, Watkins Gallery, American University, Washington, D.C.
International Watercolor Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Cuban Watercolors, South Loan Gallery, Kansas City, Mo. 

1951
Art Cubain Contemporain, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris
V Salon Nacional, Havana 

1952
Artists’ Gallery, New York, NY 

1953
Cuban Paintings, Whyte Gallery, Washington, D.C.
VI Salon Nacional, Havana 

1956
Fact and Fantasy, Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York, NY
XXVIII Biennial, Venice
VIII Salón Nacional, Havana 

1957
LXII American Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
Modern Cuban Painting, Galeria Sudamericana, New York, NY
6th Annual Exhibition of New York Artists, Stable Gallery, New York, NY
American Paintings, 1945-1957, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minn.
Nine Painters, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisc.
Art Lending Service, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Voss Gallery, Southampton, NY
Bertha Schaefer Gallery Group, New York, NY 

1958
Collage in America, Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY
Collage International, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Tex.
Realités Nouvelles, Recklinghausen, Germany
New Jersey Artists, The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York, NY 

1959
20th Biennial International Watercolor Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York, NY

1960
Galerie Seide, Hannover, Germany 

1963 
Cincuentenario del Museo Nacional, 1913-1963, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana 

1964
Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York, NY
Magnet: New York, Galeria Bonino, New York, NY
Magnet: Museo de Bellas Artes, Mexico1965
New Jersey and the Artist, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ 

1967
Art from New Jersey, 1967, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

1982
Salón Paisaje 82, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana 

1984
1a. Bienal, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana 

1986
2a. Bienal, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana 

1992
Galerie Paris- Bastille, Paris 30. Anniversario del Taller Gráfica de La Habana, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana 

1993
Museo Nacional de Chile, Santiago 

1994
Taller Experimental de Gráfica de la Catedral, Havana

1995
Salon de Arte Cubano Contemporaneo, Havana 

1997
Galería La Acacia, Havana 

2000
"
Tono a tono", exposición de arte abstracto, Hotel Habana Libre, Havana 

2001
Dos más uno no es igual a tres, Galería L., University of Havana, Havana 

2003
"Jazztracción in memoriam", homenaje a Julio Girona y Frank Emilio, Museo de la Música, Havana     

2008
"Palabra y Pincel" Museo de Bellas Artes, Havana
Consejo nacional de artes plásticas - permanent exhibit of honorees of the Premio de Artes Plásticas, Havana