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Jorge Duporté has covered the walls of Madrids BAT Gallery of Cuban flora he made at Las Terrazas, Pinar del Rio, Cuba
Born in 1945, this artist and scientist from eastern Guantanamo province is a graduate from Havanas National Art School. He has just returned to Cuba, to breathe once again the air in the mountains of the islands westernmost province at the ecological niche he loves since the times when the small city of Viñales in the Sierra del Rosario mountain range, wasnt the beautiful community or the tourist center it is today.

It was at Havanas Numismatic Museum where he exhibited the first samples of his work in 1977. At the time, he used to illustrate scientific books and was more known for his work and studies on botany than as the versatile painter he is today, without leaving behind what he appreciates the most: nature.

"Even the combination of colors that I use in my works belongs to flowers, foliage and tree trunks and to a variety of tiny wild species." The Jose Marti National Library and the Alejo Carpentier Foundation are among the first institutions that welcomed Duportés paintings. At one he exhibited Celias Orchid Garden (dedicated to late revolutionary combatant Celia Sanchez), and, at the other one, Carpentiers Flora, with his famous Explosion in a Cathedral (1998), which were later on exhibited together at the Library.

Alcalá de Henares and Seville, in Spain, together with Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, have been the cities most privileged by Duporté. Now, his famous Ceiba pentandra is praised on the pages of specialized publications in Madrid. One of the chronicles reads: "A tour of the exhibit, with a dozen watercolors and half a dozen paintings of stained-glass windows, makes us enter the botanical universe of Cuban artist Jorge Duporté. It contains the reality of plant life in the Caribbean, taking us to fantastic places for our European eyes, used to forms of less chromatic richness. Duporté goes beyond all that, turning Havana into a giant blossoming flower, or representing the entire life cycle in the various stages of a flower, starting from its seed."

The project hes now working on focuses on large stained-glass windows, about which he comments: "Neither the humble Ave del Paraíso (Strelitzia reginae) or the Caoba (Swietenia mahagoni) will be missing. And of course the modest Passion Flower of Christ or wild Pasiflora (Pasiflora palmerii), will also be present. A version of the drawing of the latter was given to Pope John Paul II after his visit to Cuba.


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