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Selected by a Smithsonian curator, these brilliant minds give the salient topic a new look.                                                                         BY BROOKE BINKOWSKI

         Rafael Soriano, Un Lugar Distante (A Distant Place)
        and Candor de la Alborada (Candor of Dawn) 
Rafael Soriano, Candor de la Alborada (Candor of Dawn), 1994, oil
Rafael Soriano, Candor de la Alborada (Candor of Dawn), 1994, oil
(Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1994, Rafael Soriano)
Rafael Soriano, Un Lugar Distante (A Distant Place), 1972, oil
Rafael Soriano, Un Lugar Distante (A Distant Place), 1972, oil
(Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1972, Rafael Soriano)
There are a lot of Cuban-American artists of a certain generation who really deal with migration and the challenges of migration. So you have artists like Rafael Soriano. He’s different from Luis Cruz Azaceta, in that he immigrated as a well-formed adult and artist. He already had a career in Cuba, he was an artist in Cuba. He was a geometric abstractionist, so kind of very pristine, straight-edged paintings.




Arts | Fine Arts & Exhibits

New York Times 

Cuban Art Outshines Politics

“Candor de la Alborada,” by Rafael Soriano.

Credit Smithsonian American Art Museum

5.“Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic”  

Through Jan. 28, 2018, Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami

This traveling exhibit features more than 90 paintings, pastels and drawings of the acclaimed painter Soriano, who emigrated to the United States after the Revolution. It begins with the “Cuban geometric abstract style” of his youth in the 1940s and ’50s, moves to his experimental phase in the 1960s and ’70s, and his period thereafter, when he realized he would never return to his homeland.

The Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic, at the Patricia and Phillips Art Museum   

October 23, 2017

Cuban painter Rafael Soriano (1920–2015) was a master of geometric abstraction; his work resonated with international artists of Latin American like Roberto Matta, Rufino Tamayo, and Wifredo Lam. As a result of the Revolution in Cuba, in 1962 Soriano immigrated to the United States. An unprecedented examination of his life’s work, this exhibition focuses on the multiple influences that nurtured a style where, in his words, “the intimate and the cosmic converge.”


Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic

Virtual Tour at the McMullen Museum at Boston College in the Daley Family and Monan Galleries
January 30–June 4, 2017


Rafael Soriano:  A Story of an Acclaimed Abstractionist, Cuban Exile, Universal Painter


Danzarines Dancers 1969

Danzarines (Dancers), 1969. Photos of Rafael Soriano’s work courtesy of the LBMA.

The nearly 100 drawings, paintings and pastels currently displayed at the Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA) tell the strikingly beautiful story of an abstract artist uprooted, Rafael Soriano (1920-2015), who left his native home of Cuba in search of artistic freedom.



A Discussion of the Cuban Avant-Garde and Revolution 

Rafael Soriano, “Interior” (1953) (Courtesy of the Long Beach Museum of Art)

JUNE 27,2017 – In light of the Long Beach Museum of Art’s exhibition, Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic, the museum is hosting a panel discussion on July 2 that will focus on the Cuban avant-garde.

The Boston Globe


From Cuba to the cosmos with Rafael Soriano

“Flor a contraluz (Flower Against the Light)” is part of “Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic” at BC’s McMullen Museum of Art.

In 1962, Rafael Soriano fled his native Cuba for Miami. He had been among the leading avant-garde artists in Cuba — a superb colorist, a painter of geometric abstractions.



12 of the best art events happening in L.A. in the coming months

“Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic” This is a comprehensive retrospective on the work of the Cuban-born painter. It also highlights a bilingual catalog of essays written by scholars on the effect of the Cuban Revolution on Soriano’s most influential work.

New Traveling Exhibit Showcases 100 masterpieces from one of the Greatest Artists in Exile


Luciérnaga (Firefly), 1955, oil on canvas 33 x 50″, Rafael Soriano Family Collection.

BOSTON, MASS.- An unprecedented retrospective on works of a highly acclaimed exiled painter is crossing the United States. Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic, is currently featured at The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College. Following its debut at The McMullen (through June 4, 2017), the exhibition will travel to the Long Beach Museum of Art (June 29–October 1, 2017) and the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami (October 28, 2017–January 28, 2018). From there, a selection of the exhibition has been approved for display at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Havana, Cuba, representing a real socio-political break-through.


ON EXHIBIT: Cuban painter Rafael Soriano at the McMullen

By Keith Powers, Daily News Correspondent

BOSTON – Artists forced into exile often struggle with dual identities. They can find it hard, as well, to cultivate an audience, living and working in multiple worlds…