Roberto Fabelo, born in 1951, lives and works in Cuba. Fabelo has been heralded as an artist who has strengthened a waning tradition of printmaking and drawing in Cuba. A member of the ‘generation of sure hope’, Fabelo contributed to reinvigorating the creative environment of the 80s.

Fabelo has cited European masters such as Velazquez and Goya amongst his greatest influences. Fabelo’s somewhat satirical style is anchored in the authorship and originality of traditional European art.

In 1988 Fabelo ventured into using watercolours as a central medium in his work, since then it has become his most used media and what he most known for as both a painter and illustrator. He employs elements of Expressionism and Surrealism in his work, while at the same time grounding the images in an almost academic and historical setting in order to question the division between fantasy and reality.

Roberto Fabelo’s images appear to us from a different dimension. His figures take the form of strangely beautiful nude female torsos, sometimes winged, at other times sporting beaks, peer out of pages from ancient texts that seem to describe these haunting and unusual creatures. The metamorphosis of these human figures into Fabelo’s unique creatures parallels the transformation that takes place in the viewer who is forced to question their own perceptions of fantasy and reality.

Illustrating the books of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the albums of Silvio Rodriguez, Fabelo is known as not only a Cuban artist but a Latin American artist. His Neo- Expressionist touch, chimes with the history of the persecuted continent and culture.

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