Jose de Jesus Garcia Montebravo was born on October 15, 1953, in Cienfuegos, on the south coast of Cuba, about four hours by car from Havana. A prolific artist, he has had 12 one-man exhibitions and taken part in more than 200 group shows in Cuba and abroad. Since 1984, he has received 58 prizes and 15 honorable mentions for his work. Montebravo went to New York City for the first time in July 2000 for the opening of his one-man show at the Cuban Art Space at the Center for Cuban Studies.

Montebravo is self-taught and, therefore, could be called a folk or intuitive artist. He also could be called a visionary because of the spiritual landscape of his themes. However, because he has a well-grounded sense of his art world and Western art in general (from which he draws part of his inspiration), it is difficult to categorize him. Montebravo says that not having art training seemed unfortunate at one time. Now, however, he regards it as an advantage that has given him more freedom to express himself. He died in 2010 in Havana, Cuba.


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