Sunday, September 14, 2008
Arbelio Fontes graduated in 1996 from San Alejandro Academy in Havana with painting as specialization. He has taken part in several collective exhibitions from 1986 until now, including a large number of exhibitions in Cuba, Brazil, Mexico and Spain. Besides those he also had two individual exhibitions in 1993 and 1996 in the provinces Holguin and Havana respectively. Arbelio created his own style with his Buena Vista Social Club series. Arbelio calls his technique ‘plastico’, in which he, while using a spatula and special materials, creates a 3-dimensional effect. Colours used are mainly several tones of brown and white. His favourite musicians of the 17-membered Cuban band are Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo.