Cundo Bermudez


Cundo Bermúdez (Cuban, 1914-2008) was a painter associated with Cuban Modernist movement, and best known for his colorful and humorous depictions of everyday life. Born in Havana, he studied painting at the Alejandro School of Fine Art in Havana, and later traveled to Mexico City to study drawing at the San Carlos Academy of Fine Art. There, he was strongly influenced by Mexican artists, such as Diego Rivera (1886–1957) and José Clemente Orozco (1883–1949), as well as by the previous generation of Cuban artists, such as Amelia Peláez (1896–1968) and Carlos Enríquez (1900–1957). In 1944, Bermúdez participated in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art that featured Cuban art. As his international reputation grew, his work was exhibited in the United States, Europe, Mexico, Buenos Aires, and Cuba. In the early 1950s, Bermúdez traveled to Europe through Spain, France, Italy, and the Netherlands. He was particularly interested in Modern Art and the Spanish Masters, such as as Diego Velázquez (1599–1660). Today, two of his paintings, The Balcony (1941) and Barber Shop (1942), are held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Many of his works are held in the collection of Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana.

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