Roberto Fabelo

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Roberto Fabelo (born 1951 Camagüey, Cuba) is a contemporary Cuban artist. He is both a painter and illustrator.

Born in Guáimaro, Camagüey,[1] Fabelo studied at The National Art School and at the Superior Art Institute of Havana. He was a professor and a jury member for very important national and international visual arts contests. The Cuban state awarded him a medal for National Culture and the Alejo Carpentier medal for his outstanding artistic career.

His work is exhibited at the Museo Nacionalde Bellas Artes in Havana,[2] and in the Cuban embassy in Mexico.[3] His 2009 sculpture of a group of human-headed cockroaches can be found climbing one of the walls of the Havana Fine Arts Museum, entitled Survival.[4] He also illustrated a 2007 edition of Gabriel García Márquez's novel Cien años de soledad.[5] He was described by the Dallas Morning News in 2002 as "one of Cuba's premier artists", with high demand for his paintings in the United States and elsewhere.[6]


  1. ^ Moore, Robin D. (2006) Music and Revolution: Cultural Change in Socialist Cuba, University of California Press, ISBN 978-0-520-24711-6, p. 81
  2. ^ Lascom, Caroline & Cameron, Sarah (2002) Havana, Footprint Handbooks, ISBN 978-1-903471-49-4, p. 62
  3. ^ "Cuban Visual Arts Salon to be Inaugurated in Mexico",, October 27, 2010, retrieved 2010-10-31
  4. ^ Almaguer, Osmel (2009) "Fabelo’s Cockroaches", Havana Times, April 25, 2009, retrieved 2010-10-31
  5. ^ "Cuban painter Roberto Fabelo illustrates Cien años de soledad",, December 30, 2007, retrieved 2010-10-31
  6. ^ Eaton, Tracey (2002) "Cuban art leaps onto world scene: Collectors take notice as artists use work for political mouthpiece", Dallas Morning News, April 28, 2002