Ambivalence entered my work because humor, and irony especially, are so important to me. I’m interested in the ambivalence of daily life. The unambiguous doesn’t attract me because there’s no room for interpretation.
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Born in 1958 in Havana, Cuba
Lives and works in Vancouver, Canada, and Havana, Cuba

Daros Exhibitions
Bibliography
Selected titles in our library

Art x Cuba. Contemporary perspectives since 1989 = Kunst x Kuba. Zeitgenössische Positionen seit 1989 = Arte x Cuba. Perspectivas contemporáneas desde 1989. Exhibition catalogue, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany, September 8, 2017 - February 18, 2018, curated by Andreas Beitin, and Tonel. With texts by Luis Camnitzer, Elsa Vega, Sujatha Fernandes, Jacqueline Loss, Roberto Zurbano (et al.). Cologne, Wienand, 2018.

Adiós utopia. Art in Cuba since 1950. Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, March 5 - May 21, 2017, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA, November 11, 2017 - March 18, 2018. Edited by Ana Clara Silva, and Eugenio Valdés Figueroa, with texts by Rachel Weiss, Elsa Vega, Beatriz Gago Rodríguez, Tonel, René Francisco, Gerardo Mosquera, and Iván de la Nuez. Miami, CIFO - Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, 2017.

Adiós utopia. Arte en Cuba desde 1950. Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, March 5 - May 21, 2017, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA, November 11, 2017 - March 18, 2018. Edited by Ana Clara Silva, and Eugenio Valdés Figueroa, with texts by Rachel Weiss, Elsa Vega, Beatriz Gago Rodríguez, Tonel, René Francisco, Gerardo Mosquera, and Iván de la Nuez. Miami, CIFO - Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, 2017.

Relational undercurrents. Contemporary art of the Caribbean archipelago. Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA, USA, September 16, 2017 - March 4, 2018. With texts by Tatiana Flores, Michelle A. Stephens, Tonel, Laura Roulet, Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Nelson Maldonado Torres (et al.). Long Beach, CA, Museum of Latin American Art, 2017.

Cuba libre. Kubas zeitgenössische Positionen seit Peter Ludwig = Contemporary art in Cuba since Peter Ludwig. Exhibition catalogue, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany, April 17 - June 12, 2016. With texts by Beate Reifenscheid, and Antonio Eligio (Tonel). Milano, Silvana Editoriale, 2016.

Cuba. Tatuare la storia. Exhibition catalogue, Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea PAC, Milano, July 5 - September, 12, 2016, Zisa Arti Contemporanee ZAC, Palermo, Italy, October 7 - December 18, 2016. Edited by Diego Sileo, and Giacomo Zaza, with texts by Diego Sileo, Giacomo Zaza, Giulia Ingarao, Antonio Leone, and Antonio Eligio (Tonel). Milano, Silvana, 2016.

Cuba - Ficción y Fantasía. A selection of Cuban art form the Daros Latinamerica Collection. Exhibition catalogue, Casa Daros, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, September, 9 - December 13, 2015. Edited by Katrin Steffen, with texts by Hans Michael Herzog, Eugenio Valdés Figueroa, Tonel, Orlando Britto Jinorio, Luis Camnitzer, Orlando Hernández, and Juan Antonio Molina. Zürich, Daros Latinamerica, 2015.

Cuba - Ficción y Fantasía. Uma seleção de arte cubana da coleção Daros Latinamerica. Exhibition catalogue, Casa Daros, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, September, 9 - December 13, 2015. Edited by Katrin Steffen, with texts by Hans Michael Herzog, Eugenio Valdés Figueroa, Tonel, Orlando Britto Jinorio, Luis Camnitzer, Orlando Hernández, and Juan Antonio Molina. Zürich, Daros Latinamerica, 2015.

Cuba - Ficción y Fantasía. Una selección de arte cubano de la colección Daros Latinamerica. Exhibition catalogue, Casa Daros, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, September, 9 - December 13, 2015. Edited by Katrin Steffen, with texts by Hans Michael Herzog, Eugenio Valdés Figueroa, Tonel, Orlando Britto Jinorio, Luis Camnitzer, Orlando Hernández, and Juan Antonio Molina. Zürich, Daros Latinamerica, 2015.

The spaces between: contemporary art from Havana. Exhibition catalogue, Belikin Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, January 10 - April 13, 2014, Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden, February 8 - April 19, 2015. Curated and with texts by Tonel, Keith Wallace and Cecilia Andersson. London, Blackdog, 2014.

55. Exposición internacional de arte la Biennale di Venezia. La perversión de lo clásico: anarquía de los relatos. Pabellón de la República de Cuba. Exhibition catalogue, 55 Biennale di Venezia, Italy, June 1 - November 24, 2013. With texts by Jorge Fernández Torres, and Giacomo Zaza. Falciano, San Marino, Maretti Editore, 2013.

Arango, Arturo. Terceras reincidencias. La historia por los cuernos. La Habana, Ediciones Unión, 2013.

Caviar with rum. Cuba-USSR and the post-Soviet experience. Edited by Jacqueline Loss and José Manuel Prieto. New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Berger, Sebastiaan A.C.. Cuba. Arte contemporáneo = Cuba. Contemporary art. La Habana, Ceiba / Madrid, Turner, 2012.

crisisss... América Latina, arte y confrontación. 1920-2010. Exhibition catalogue, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, March 12 - June 5, 2011. With texts by Gerardo Mosquera, Luis Camnitzer, Aracy Amaral, Karen Cordero Reiman (et al.). Mexico City, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, 2012.

Weiss, Rachel. Making art global (part 1). The Third Havanna Biennial. with additional essays by Luis Camnitzer, Coco Fusco, Llilian Llanes Godoy, Geeta Kapur, Mirko Lauer and Gerardo Mosquera; interviews with the artists Alex Ángeles, José Bedia, Alfredo Márquez and Lázaro Saavedra conducted by Lucy Steeds and Rachel Weiss; and an introduction by Charles Esche. London, Afterall, 2011.

Weiss, Rachel. To and from utopia in the new Cuban art. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 2011.

Fernández, Antonio Eligio (Tonel). Pérdida y recuperación de la ciudad (en el cine) = Loss and recovery of the city (in the cinema). White Wine Press, No. 12. Santa Monica, White Wine Press, 2010.

Cuban artists' books and prints = Libros y grabados de artistas cubanos. 1985-2008. Exhibition catalogue, Grolier Club of Manhattan, New York, USA, May 20 - August 1, 2009, and other venues. With texts by Linda S. Howe and Tonel. Winston-Salem NC, The Cuba Project, Wake Forest University, 2009.

René Francisco. Intérprete. Exposición colateral / 10ma Bienal de La Habana. Exhibition catalogue, Galería Villa Manuela, Bienal de La Habana, Cuba, March 27 - April 30, 2009. With texts by Tonel and the artist. La Habana, Galería Villa Manuela, 2009.

Cuba. Art and history from 1868 to today. Exhibition catalogue, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, January 31 - June 8, 2008. Edited by Nathalie Bondil, with texts by Aylet Ojeda Jequin (et al.). Munich/London/New York, Prestel; Montreal, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, 2008.

Cuba. Arte e historia desde 1868 hasta nuestros días. Exhibition catalogue, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, January 31 - June 8, 2008, Groninger Museum, May 17 - September 13, 2009. Edited by Nathalie Bondil, with texts by Aylet Ojeda Jequin (et al.). Munich/London/New York, Prestel; Montreal, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, 2008.

Face to face. The Daros collections. Exhibition catalogue, Daros Exhibitions, Zurich, October 5, 2007 - February 17, 2008 (Part 1), March 14 - September 7, 2008 (Part 2). With texts by Alexander Alberro and Luis Camnitzer. Zürich, Daros-Latinamerica and Daros Services ; Ostfildern, Hatje Cantz, 2008.

It's not neutral = Ez da neutrala = No es neutral. Exhibition catalogue, Tabakalera, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain, July 19 - October 5, 2008. With texts by Joxean Muñoz, Luis Camnitzer and Eugenio Valdés Figueroa. Donostia - San Sebastián, Tabakalera, 2008.

Killing Time. An exhibition of Cuban artistas from the 1980s to the present. Exhibition catalogue, Exit Art, New York, May 12 - July 28, 2007. With texts by Papo Colo, Elvis Fuentes, Glexis Novoa, and Yuneikys Villalonga. New York, Exit Art, 2008.

Santana, Andrés Isaac (ed.). Nosotros los más infieles. Narraciones críticas sobre el arte cubano (1993-2005). Murcia, Cendeac, 2008.

Pabellón Cuba. 4D - 4 Dimensions. 4 Decades. Exhibtion catalogue, La Habana, Cuba, 8th Biennial 2003. With texts by Eugenio Valdés Figueroa, Tonel, Manuel Piña (et al.). Berlin, b_books, 2008.

Surrounded by water. Expressions of freedom and isolation in contemporary Cuban art. Exhibition catalogue, Boston University Gallery, February 8-April 5, 2008. WIth a text by Natania Remba. Boston University Art Gallery, 2008.

Cuba Avant-Garde. Contemporary Cuban art from the Farber collection / Cuba Avant-Garde. Arte contemporáneo cubano de la colección Farber. Exhibition catalogue, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida, USA, May 9 - September 9, 2007. With texts by Magda Gónzalez-Mora Alfonso, Kerry Oliver-Smith (et al.). Gainesville, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, 2007.

Goldberg, Dana (ed.). On my block. Stories and paintings by fifteen artists. San Francisco, Children's Book Press, 2007.

Loder, Robert (ed.). Triangle. Variety of experience around artists' workshops and residencies. London, Triangle Arts Trust, 2007.

Arte de Cuba. Exhibition catalogue, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo, January 31 - April 23, 2006, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, May 16 - July 16, 2006, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasília, August 1 - October 15, 2006.With texts by Ania Rodríguez (et al.). Rio de Janeiro, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, 2006.

Blanton Museum of Art. Latin American collection. Collection catalogue, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin. Edited by Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, with texts by Jessie Otto Hite (et al.). Austin, Blanton Museum of Art, 2006.

Certain encounters. Daros-Latinamerica Collection. Exhibition catalogue, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, April 7 - June 4, 2006. With texts by Keith Wallace, Tonel, and Juan A. Gaitán. Vancouver, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 2006.

Fernandes, Sujatha. Cuba Represent!: Cuban Arts, State Power, and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures. Durham/London, Duke University Press, 2006.

Espinosa, Magaly. El nuevo arte cubano. Antología de textos críticos. Santa Monica, Perceval Press, 2006.

Kcho. Alexis Leyva Machado. Vive y deja vivir. 2004-2006. Exhibition brochure, Novena Bienal de La Habana, March - April 2006. With a text by Tonel. La Haban, Bienal, 2006.

Power, Kevin. Pensamiento crítico en el nuevo arte latinoamericano. Lanzarote, Fundación César Manrique, 2006.

Afrocuba: Works on paper 1968 - 2003. Exhibition catalogue, Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco State University, February 26 - March 30, 2005, Indianapolis Museum of Art, February 25 - June 3, 2007, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, December 22, 2007 - February 3, 2008. Edited and curated by Judith Bettelheim, with contributions by David Mateo (et al.). San Francisco, State University, 2005.

Birthday in the barrio = Cumpleaños en el barrio. Story by Mary L. Dole, Illustrations by Tonel. San Francisco, Children's Book Press, 2004.

Espacios contemporáneos. Colección Espacio C. 2001, 2002, 2003. Exhibition catalogue, Sala de Exposiciones La Granja, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, March 4 - April 10, 2004, Centro de Arte La regenta, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, April 29 - May 29, 2004, Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Badajoz, Autumn 2004. With texts by Orlando Britto and Guillermo Balbona. Gran Canaria, Viceconsejería de Cultura y Deportes, 2004.

Dole, Mayra L.. Drum, Chavi, Drum! Toca, Chavi, toca! Illustrations by Tonel. San Francisco, Children's Book Press, 2003.

Erjavec, Ales (ed.). Postmodernism and the postsocialist condition. Politicized art under late socialism. With texts by Gerardo Mosquera (et al.). Berkeley, University of California Press, 2003.

Espacio C. Arte contemporáneo Camargo 2002. Espacio interdisciplinar internacional de arte contemporáneo = Interdisciplinary international contemporary art space. Exhibition catalogue, Espacio C, Arte Contemporáneo Camargo, Santander, 2002. With texts by Orlando Britto (et al.). Santander, Espacio C, 2002.

Kunst aus Kuba. Sammlung Ludwig = Art from Cuba. The Ludwig collection. Exhbition catalogue, Ludwig Museum in the Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, 2002. WIth an essay by Helmo Hernández. Palace Editions, 2002.

Block, Holly. Art Cuba. The New Generation. New York, Harry N. Abrams, 2001.

Atmosfere metropolitane. La generazione delle immagini VI. Exhibition catalogue, conferences and related events and exhibitions, held at the Triennale, Milan, 2001. Edited by Roberto Pinto, with essays by Eugenio Valdés Figueroa (et al.). Milan, Comune di Milano, 2001.

Memoria. Cuban Art of the 20th century. By José Veigas (et al.). Los Angeles, California International Arts Foundation, 2001.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Colección de Arte Cubano. Catalogue. With texts by Corina Matamoros Tuma and Maía del Carmen Rippe Moro. La Habana, Cuba, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, 2001.

Rubiano Caballero, Germán. Art of Latin America 1981-2000. New York, Inter-American Development Bank, 2000.

Rubiano Caballero, Germán. Arte de América Latina 1981-2000. New York, Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, 2000.

Séptima Bienal de la Habana 2000. Exhibition catalogue, 7th Habana Biennial, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wilfredo Lam, Havana, 2000. With texts by Nelson Herrera Ysla (et al.). Geneva, Art for the World, 2000.

Séptima Bienal de la Habana. Uno más cerca del otro. Exhibition catalogue, Bienal de La Habana, Cuba, November 2000 - January 2001. With texts by Nelson Herrera Ysla, Sara Vega, Alicia García (et al.). La Habana, Consejo Nacional de las Artes Plásticas, 2000.

Tonel. Lessons of Solitude. Exhibition catalogue, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, April 7 - June 4, 2000, Art in General, New York, January 27 - March 31, 2001, Centro Wilfredo Lam, La Habana, May 4 - June 4, 2001. Edited by Eugenio Valdés Figueroa and Scott Watson, with texts by Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda (et al.) and an interview with the artist. Vancouver, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 2000.

Cuba. Contemporary Art from Cuba: Irony and survival on the utopian island = Arte Contemporáneo de Cuba: Ironía y sobrevivencia en la isla utópica. Exhibition catalogue, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, September 26 - December 13, 1998, Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, January 15 - May 2, 1999, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, June 5 - August 15, 1999, Austin Museum of Art, September 4 - November 14, 1999, Grand Rapids Art Museum, February 1 - April 23, 2000, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA, May 19 - July 28, 2000, University Art Museum, Santa Barbara, CA, October 10 - December 16, 2000, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, January through March 2001. Edited by Marilyn A. Zeitlin, with essays by Gerardo Mosquera and Tonel. Tempe, Arizona State University Art Museum; New York, Delano Greenidge Editions, 1999.

Cuba. Los mapas del deseo = Landkarten der Sehnsucht = Maps of desire. Exhibition catalogue, Kunsthalle , Vienna, March 19 - May 30, 1999. With texts by Gerald Matt (et al.). Vienna, Kunsthalle; Folio Verlag, 1999.

The garden of forking paths. Contemporary artists from Latin America. Exhibition catalogue, Kunstforeningen, Copenhagen, April 25 - June 14, 1998, Edsvik Konst & Kultur, Stockholm, October - December 1998, Helsinki City Art Museum, January - February 1999, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg (DK), March - April 1999. With texts by Octavio Zaya (et al.). Copenhagen, Kunstforeningen, 1998.

Cuba Siglo XX. Modernidad y sincretismo. Exhibition catalogue, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, April 16 - June 9, 1996, Fundació La Caixa, July 2 - September 1, 1996, Centre d'Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona, October - December 1996. With essays by Maria Lluïsa Borràs, Antonio Zaya (et al.). Las Palmas, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, 1996.

Mundo soñado. Joven plástica cubana. Exhibition catalogue, Casa de América, Madrid, February - March 1996. With a text by Helmo Hernández. Madrid, Casa de América, 1996.

Tonel. Paintings, drawings, installations. Exhibition catalogue, Krings-Ernst Galerie, Köln, 1996. With a text by Doreet Le Vitte-Harten. Cologne, Krings-Ernst Galerie, 1996.

1er.salón de arte cubano contemporáneo. Exhibition catalogue, I. Salon de Arte Cubano Contemporáneo, La Habana, November 15, 1995 - January 15, 1996. With texts by Yolanda Wood and Rufo Caballero. La Habana, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, 1995.

Cuba: La isla posible. Exhibition catalogue, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, 1995. With texts by Manuel Moreno Fraginals (et al.). Barcelona, Ediciones Destino, Centre de Cultura Contemporània, 1995.

Premio nacional anual de pintura contemporánea Juan Francisco Elso. Exhibition catalogue, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, June 1995. with texts by Luci Villegas Oria (et al.). La Habana, Museo Nacional, 1995.

Quinta Bienal de la Habana. Arte, Sociedad, Reflexión. Exhibition catalogue, 5th Habana Biennial, Centro Wifredo Lam, May 1994. With texts by Nelson Herrera Ysla (et al.). Madrid, Tabapress S.A., 1994.

Tonel. Pais deseado. Exhibition catalogue, 22nd São Paulo Biennial, 1994. With a text by the artist. La Habana, Centro Wifredo Lam, 1994.

Los hijos de Guillermo Tell. Artistas Cubanos contemporáneos. Exhibition catalogue, Museo de Artes Visuales Alejandro Otero Museum, Caracas, Venezuela, February 3 - March 3, 1991, Banco de la República, Bogotá, Colombia, April 4 - May 17, 1991. With a text by Gerardo Mosquera. Caracas, Museo de Artes Visuales Alejandro Otero, 1991.

Kuba o.k. Aktuelle Kunst aus Kuba = Arte actual de Cuba. Exhibition catalogue, Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, April 1 - May 13, 1990. Düsseldorf, Städtische Kunsthalle, 1990.

No man is an island. Young cuban art = Joven arte cubana = Kuuban nuori taide. Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Art, Pori, Finland, 1990. With texts by Gerardo Mosquera (et al.). Pori, Museum of Art, 1990.

The nearest edge of the world. Art and Cuba now. Exhibition catalogue, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston and The Bronx Museum, New York, 1990. With texts by Gerardo Mosquera (et al.). Brookline, MA, Poliarities Inc., 1990.

Tercera Bienal de la Habana '89. Catalogo. Exhibition catalogue, 3rd Habana Biennial, Centro Wifredo Lam, 1989. With an introduction by Llilian Llanes Godoy and texts by Juan Acha, Frederico Moraes (et al.). La Habana, Editorial Letras Cubanas, 1989.

Segunda Bienal de la Habana '86. Catálogo general. Exhibition catalogue, 2nd Habana Biennial, 1986. Edited by Mirta Yánez (et al.). La Habana, Ministerio de Cultura, 1986.

1. Bienal de la Habana 84. Apendice. Exhibition catalogue, 1st Habana Biennial, 1984. La Habana, Dirección de Artes Plásticas, 1984.

1. Bienal de la Habana 84. Catalogo general. Exhibition catalogue, 1st Habana Biennial, Pabellon Cuba, Museo Nacional and Centro Wifredo Lam, La Habana , May 1984. With an introduction by Eliseo Diego. La Habana, Dirección de Artes Plásticas, 1984.

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