René Francisco Rodríguez
Born in Holguín in 1960, René Francisco is one of the most important contemporary Cuban artists. He attended the Instituto Superior de Arte from 1977 to 1982. In 1989, he became a teacher. For René Francisco, experimentation, pedagogy and community intervention define a work that is used as a transformational agent and constitutes a tool for its mobilizing power. This change was carried by this generation of Cuban artists who firmly believed in the role of art as a driving force and a tool for transfiguring life, a movement that marked a new artistic philosophy in Cuba.
In 2001, he received an honorary doctorate in fine arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, California. He has been artist-in-residence in various institutions, including the Mataro Art Center in Barcelona - Spain (2008); the Cuban Artists Fund, New York (2004); the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2004); the Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf - Germany (2003); Hersliya Artist Residency - Israel (1999); La Chaux-de-Fonds Museum of Fine Arts - Switzerland (1997); and the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst in Aachen (1996).
He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Central and South America, China and Europe. He participated in the Biennale of Venice in 1999 and 2007, the 26th Biennale in Sao Paulo in 2004, the 2nd Biennale in Thessaloniki in 2009, and there are countless entries since 1997 at the Biennales in Havana.