(b San Antonio de los Baños, nr Güines, 1889; d Havana, 1965). Cuban
painter and caricaturist. He graduated from the Academia de S
Alejandro in Havana in 1920 and lived in Paris from 1927 to 1929.
There he studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and
abandoned academicism, developing a modernist ‘Cuban’ style, in
which folkloric scenes of peasant life were depicted in a colourful,
energetic, pseudo-naive manner reminiscent of Jules Pascin and
Amedeo Modigliani. An outstanding work of this period is Triumph of
the Rumba (c. 1928; Havana, Mus. N. B.A.). After a trip to Italy in
the early 1930s, Abela began to paint canvases such as Guajiros
(‘Peasants’; 1938; Havana, Mus. N. B.A.), in which the Classical
sobriety and order is the result of his contact with Italian
medieval and Renaissance art. His style underwent a radical change
in the early 1950s, and from this time until his death he painted
small works that recall in their use of fantasy the drawings of
children as well as the works of Marc Chagall.
Flowers and Bird
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