Waldo Díaz-Balart

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Waldo Díaz-Balart
Born Waldo Diaz-Balart y Gutiérrez
(1931-02-10) February 10, 1931 (age 87)
Banes, Cuba
Occupation Painter

Waldo Díaz-Balart (born Waldo Díaz-Balart y Gutiérrez on February 10, 1931 in Banes, Cuba) is a Cuban painter living in Madrid, Spain.


Born in Banes, Díaz-Balart was the son of the mayor of Banes, Rafael José Díaz-Balart. Díaz-Balart studied accounting and political science and economics in Havana before moving to New York to pursue art studies in 1959.[1] From 1959 to 1962 studied art in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Professionally, on 1967 he became a lecturer in many cultural centres and universities of the United States, Poland, Spain, Germany and Netherlands. He acted in two movies by Andy Warhol, The Life of Juanita Castro (1965) and The Loves of Ondine (1968).[2] He was friends with fellow Andy Warhol actor Louis Waldon.[3]

Díaz-Balart lectures frequently and his work – explorations of color and light in geometric paintings and light sculpture – has been widely exhibited. On 1966 presents an individual exhibition in the Studio Gallery in Washington, D.C. In 1967 presented an exhibition in Galerie Iris Clert Paris, France. In 1967 he joined Mass Art Inc. in partnership with Sujan Souri, Dorian Godoy, and Philip Orenstein. The company manufactured the first inflatable chair designed by Philip Orenstein and is now included in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In 1998 presents "Waldo Balart. Black Painting" in Galería Edurne, Madrid, Spain. In 1970, he participated in the collective exhibition Salón 70 in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana. In 1964, he exhibits in the Pan American Union in Washington, D.C. and on 1968 in the Gallery of Modern Art, New York, USA. On 1970, he participated at the first San Juan's Bienal del Grabado Latinoamericano (Biennial of Latin- American Engraving) at the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Puerto Rico.

He had his first major exhibition in 1972, at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo.[1]

In 1979, he participated in the Third Bienal Internacional del Deporte en las Bellas Artes (Biennial of Sport in Fine Arts) in Barcelona, Spain and in 1995, he participated in the International Art Fair, Köln, Germany.

In 2002, he was honoured as a Frost Art Museum of Florida International University fellow.[1]

Most recently[when?], he has had one-man shows in the Netherlands, in Spain. He is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation fellowship. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Mondriaanhuis in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, and the Museum of Modern Art in Huenfeld, Germany, among others.

In 1992 he published the book Waldo Díaz-Balart, Ensayos de Arte.

In 1999, he moved from Spain to Liege, Belgium.[4] He later returned to Madrid before 2011. He also briefly lived in Paraguay.[1]

The marriage of his sister, Mirta Díaz-Balart, to former Cuban leader Fidel Castro as Castro's first wife made Waldo Díaz-Balart Castro's brother-in-law. His nephew Mario Díaz-Balart is a U.S. congressional representative and another nephew, Lincoln Díaz-Balart, is a former congressman.


  1. ^ a b c d Hedgecoe, Guy (4 November 2011). "The man who knew Fidel Castro, Warhol and Franco's Spain". iberosphere.com. Retrieved 7 June 2018. 
  2. ^ Michael Ferguson Joe Dallesandro: Warhol Superstar, Underground Film Icon, Actor, p. 87, at Google Books
  3. ^ John Jonas Gruen and Samuel Swasey Two Men, p. 57, at Google Books
  4. ^ Andrea O'Reilly Herrera (Editor) Cuba: Idea of a Nation Displaced, p. 45, at Google Books

External links[edit]

  • Cintas Foundation article
  • El Nuevo Herald, WALDO DÍAZ-BALART: ENTRE LA LUZ Y EL TIEMPO, February 3, 2002 Page 1E (Spanish)
  • El Nuevo Herald, UN PINTOR QUE VIO EL VERDADERO COLOR DE CASTRO, March 5, 2006 (Spanish)
  • Nuevo Herald, WALDO BALART Y LA BOHEMIA CONSTRUCTIVISTA, January 9, 1994 (Spanish)
  • El Nuevo Herald, ENCUENTRO CON LA BOHEMIA CUBANA DE MADRID, September 5, 2001
  • The Washington Times, Fidel at 80, August 13, 2006
  • Jose Veigas-Zamora, Cristina Vives Gutierrez, Adolfo V. Nodal, Valia Garzon, Dannys Montes de Oca; Memoria: Cuban Art of the 20th Century; (California/International Arts Foundation 2001); ISBN 978-0-917571-11-4
  • Jose Viegas; Memoria: Artes Visuales Cubanas Del Siglo Xx; (California International Arts 2004); ISBN 978-0-917571-12-1 (in Spanish)
  • Andrea O'Reilly Herrera; Cuba: Idea of a Nation Displaced; (State University of New York Press, 2007) ISBN 978-0-7914-7199-9
  • Waldo Diaz-Balart; Cintas Fellow: Waldo Diaz-Balart: February 8-March 10, 2002; (Art Museum at Florida International University, 2002); ASIN: B0006S012I
  • http://www.elpais.com/articulo/opinion/suicidados/historia/elpepiopi/20060227elpepiopi_5/Tes