Portocarrero, René (born Havana, 24 February 1912; died Havana, 27 April 1985) was a Cuban artist recognised
internationally for his achievements.
As well as a painter and sculptor, Portocarrero worked as a ceramicist, scenic designer and book illustrator,
publishing his own Las Máscaras (The Masks) in 1935 and El Sueño (The Dream) in 1939. He was also a muralist,
producing public artworks for the Havana Prison, a church in Bauta, Cuba, the Cuban National Hospital, the Cuban
National Theatre and the Hotel Tryp Habana Libre. His artworks form part of the permanent collections of galleries
in Argentina (Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires), Brazil (Museums of Modern Art, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro), Canada
(National Gallery, Ottawa), France (Modern Arts, Paris), Peru (Instituto de Arte Contemporaneo, Lima), the United
States (Museums of Modern Art, New York and San Francisco; Milwaukee Art Center; Union Panamericana,
Washington; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Art Museum, Indianapolis), Uruguay (Bellas Artes, Montevideo) and
Venezuela (Bellas Artes, Caracas), as well as his native Cuba (Museo Nacional, Havana).
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