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Carmelo González Iglesias, born in the coastal town of Casablanca, in the City of Havana on July 16, 1920. Cuban mother and Spanish father, make it inherit this mixture as a brash and noble temperament.
Began his artistic studies in 1938 at the Free Study, created by Eduardo Abela, and simultaneously studied at the school attached to St. Alexander, institution to which students become shortly thereafter. In 1945 he finished his studies, is the best record in all subjects in one tablespoon of 6 years of studies, so that gives the travel bag to continue studies in the United States, where he studied printmaking and in 1947, we explain the success in this country.
His artistic activity included sculpture, painting, printmaking, teaching and art criticism. He made paintings and prints murals.
Isms studied and learned all of Pablo Picasso, Vittore Carpaccio and Giorgione, among others, but above these influences are imposed his own style. Symbolism.
In his painting, the influence of Carpaccio, is important in using the method of painting and color glazes, which lasted until his death on August 10, 1990.
Carmelo studied at the time of World War II, and manifest in his aversion to war and fascism. So much so that in 1965, he made his symbolic woodcut Grimau's Death. Seeing this work, the Ambassador of Spain in Cuba asked Caramel if he had done, and Picasso's influence surfaced in the answer: "No, you did that, like Picasso when he was interrogated by the fascists for his painting Guernica.
Since 1948, conceived the idea of nuclear recorders, and in 1950 it is official the Recorders Association of Cuba, of which he was elected president until 1962 when it is closed.
He taught drawing and printmaking at the School of Visual Arts Leopoldo Romañach in Santa Clara, later first director of the Academia San Alejandro, the triumph of the Revolution in 1960, where he was a teacher. Creates the Department of Engraving at the National School of Art and design your classroom, teaches at the School of Visual Arts Clara Zetkin, and serves as Chair and Chief profeosr drawing at the National School of Design, was the first president of the section the artists in the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba. Post he held for nine years.
Juan Sanchez, writer, journalist and critic art also studied at the School of San Alejandro, wrote: "... among contemporary painters and writers do not think anyone has been more sustained breath militant than Caramel"
Carmelo developed art criticism in various publications such as magazines Germinal, Time Again, and Bohemia, and worked in magazines. In 1951 he founded the newsletter Burin, organ of the Recorders Association of Cuba, and made prints to illustrate Cuban books, stories in the Gazette of Cuba on Monday of revolution and foreign publishers.
Atanas Stoiko, critic, member of the Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria, compared with figures from the arts such as Guayasamín, Bracho and Guttuzo, and literary giants such as Nicolás Guillén and Alejo Carpentier.
Carmelo was a passionate revolutionary, no memberships or pamphlets and never cared about fashion in art, but to express what I felt.
I travel a lot, visited countries in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe, as well as his work, and made more than 300 exhibitions between personal and collective. Currently, works of this artist listed in Algeria, Bulgaria, Cuba, United States, Mexico, Nicaragua, Poland, and Russia and in his career, awards, honors and awards received considerable reach a figure, not only our country but also outside it. Just to name a few, which began in 1942, we quote:
Gold-Medal Engraving. University of Tampa, Florida, in 1951-Purchase Award in Printmaking. Library Congress Washington, DC, in 1953. -Award of Engraving. 1st Latin American Competition Woodcuts, Argent, 1960-Cyril and Methodius Order of 2nd Degree, granted by the State Council of the Republic of Bulgaria. -Corresponding Member of the Academy of Arts of the GDR, 1975.-Distinction for National Culture, Ministry of Culture of Cuba, 1982.
His latest project was left unfinished, was preparing a sample of 300 works to be exhibited at the Academy of Arts in Berlin, on the occasion of his birthday 70.
The critics of the eleven considered Cuba's greatest painters of the twentieth century, and he applied the label of chronicler Mayor of the Revolution. As a major contribution to the arts Caramel in our country, is the rescue of the print, largely forgotten in Cuba, and rises again after 1950, when it became official Recorders Association of Cuba, and then manages to put in place their study at the School of San Alejandro Fine Arts as a subject of a compulsory curriculum. And thanks to Carmelo, engraving is included in the National since 1950. In addition, Carmelo renewed printmaking techniques in Cuba, and extends its practice in intaglio and lithography, as previously carried out only in wood, both for its extensive work, the topics covered, and their innovations, was turned into the most great Cuban writer of the twentieth century.
The page header picture painted in 1943 by Carmelo is a self portrait with his wife, the painter and writer Ana Rosa Gutierrez Martíonez.
Ana Rosa Gutiérrez Martínez, May 2, 1925-July1, 2005, La Habana, Cuba. renowned writer, teacher, educator and for his work and awards in the engraving, the first woman recorder Cuba. Graduated from National School of Fine Art Alexander in 1952, the Faculty of Arts in 1964 and School of Professional Culture in 1984.
Founder in 1958 of the Recorders Association created and chaired Cuba that Carmelo González Iglesias, also UNEAC (National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba), International Association of Plastic Artists of UNESCO, and the Experimental Workshop Graph of the Plaza de la Catedral, among others. He earned all reconocimioentos and national awards, her work is held in the staff room at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba's cultural heritage.
Her son Carmelo Gonzalez Gutierrez, also an artist, and his most direct disciple has followed in his footsteps, currently resides in Spain and signs his works as Carmelohijo. His works are also hung on Artelista.
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