Pedro de Oraá

  • Born 1931 in Havana, Cuba

Pedro de Oraá created his own visual vocabulary that combines elements of hard-edged and organic abstraction in a limited palette, primarily black, white, red, and purple. He briefly trained at the Academia de Bellas Artes San Alejandro (Academy of Fine Arts Saint Alexander) in his youth, but had to quit for financial reasons. During the 1950s, when he worked in abstraction, he published El Instante Cernido (Sifting Instantly, 1952–53), his first book of poems. After de Oraá met Loló Soldevilla (1901–1971), they traveled to Venezuela for his first solo exhibition at Galería-Librería Sardio, Caracas (1957). That same year, the couple founded Galería de Arte Color-Luz in Havana, which became a meeting place for Diez Pintores Concretos (Ten Concrete Painters), a group of artists working in geometric abstraction (1958–61). De Oraá became the group’s archivist and documented the Cuban local art scene. He represented Cuba in various exhibitions abroad, and from 1961 onward played a vital role in national cultural organizations, including the National Union of Writers and Artists (Unión Nacional de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba) and the National Council of Culture (Consejo Nacional de Cultura). De Oraá received the National Designer Award from the Cuban Book Institute (2011) and the Cuban National Visual Arts Award (2015).

Artworks by Pedro de Oraá in the exhibition