Victor Manuel García, one of the most important Cuban artists, belonging to the First Cuban Artistic Vanguard. It is one of the most important references of modern painting in Cuba.
Victor Manuel studied at the San Alejandro Academy, where he received important influences from his teacher Leopoldo Romañach, although his avant-garde spirit is evident throughout his work. In 1925, the concern to change the system of artistic expression in Cuba prompted him to travel for the first time to Europe. During his stay in Paris, he received strong influences from the Paris School, which were essential for the beginning of modern Cuban art. He knows and studies the works of the Italian primitives, the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. Of that period are some of its main works: Gitana Tropical (1929) Gray landscape (1927) and Interior life (1932). On his return to Havana, one can see in the works of Víctor Manuel a style and some definite themes. Primarily characterized by female portrait and landscape. During his life, he maintained an active participation in the cultural life of the island, organized important personal exhibitions at the University of Havana (1945), the Association of Reporters (1951) and his works could often be appreciated in the Salons National. He died in Havana, after having left an imperishable legacy to the plastic arts of our island.