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In Pinar del Río, Cuba exhibits
Thats why the Art Museum of Pinar del Río exhibits "Homenaje a Joaquín Crespo Manzano", (A homage to Joaquín Crespo Manzano), which includes a selection of art works that show a great commitment to the revolutionary process.

The beginnings

He was born in 1928 in Consolación del Sur municipality, but afterwards moved to the capital of the province along with his family, where got involved with youths and personalities that were interested in art, culture and the exchange of universal values, in order to renew Pinar el Río society at that time.

After graduating from the Art School of Pinar del Río as engraver, continued in the very center as a teacher of painting and engraving for 38 years, and then in San Alejandro Academy in Havana until 1993, when he retired.

Many of those who were his pupils, are great artists today, among them Pedro Pablo Oliva, Luis Miguel Valdés, Aguedo Alonso, Mario García Portela and Grisel Robaina.

And although he has made portraits, paintings and sculptures, his strong point is engraving.

His work

Considered the most important engraver of our province, Manzano has also painted murals in houses and institutions, among them the University of Pinar del Río.

The latter is the first mural about Cubas literacy. The wall gathers the most significant events since the triumph of the Revolution until the end of 1961: Declaration of Havana, Girón Victory, assistance plans and the Literacy Campaign, making reference to Conrado Benítez and Patria o Muerte brigades, as well as the first territories that were free of illiteracy: Melena del Sur in the country, and Lagunillas in Pinar del Río.

It also reflects faces related to the campaign in the province, and Martí and Fidel in first level before the victory against illiteracy.

Furthermore, he has won engraving awards in Cuba and Leipzig. As well as drawing, painting and engraving prizes in some contests sponsored by the Fine Arts Museum, and also was awarded first prize in the first National Drawing Exhibition after 1959.

Manzano appears in the Dictionary of Cuban Fine Arts. Many of his works are part of private collections in United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Italy, Chile, Mexico and Spain. Currently is a member of the UNEAC and the UNESCO.

The homage exhibit will be open to the people until May 21.


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