Fidelio Ponce de Leon, Cuban (1895 - 1949)

In 1915 he registered in the in the San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy, but being a bohemian, an independent, he did not graduate, so he left the school and get lost from Havana. From then on he rambled nearby towns, gave drawing lessons to poor children, drew film posters, made cigarette propaganda, and did other casual works. In 1930 he returned to Havana, alcoholic and sick of TB. Despite of this, he arranged his first personal exhibition oil pantings and drawings at the Havana Lyceum. Style, matters and formal treatment, decome concrete in very pasty oil paintings, milky white, elongated figures and poorly defined monocromatism, certain abstractions, melancholic themes related with illness, death and religion. He participated in the XVII Fine Arts Salon (1934) with his oil painting Paisaje (Landscape). From that moment are some of his most significative works: Tuberculosis, Beatas, which next year won a prize in the National Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture. Acknowledged and appreciated he participated in collective exhibitions, and arranged personal exhibitions.

After a relatively steady períod, he began a new rambling stage in 1943. However his oil painting, San Ignacio de Loyola is part of the exhibition Pintores Modernos Cubanos (Cuban Modern Painters) Museum of Modern Art of New York, 1944 and he also took part in Pintura Moderna Cubana (Modern Cuban Painting) in the Fine Arts Palace, Mexico D.F., 1946; II Pintores Cubanos (Cuban painters) (Fine Arts Museum, Buenos Aires, 1946); and in Cuban Modern Paintings in Washington Collections (Washington, DC. 1947)
The Lyceum organized an exhibition of his work in April, 1949. The National Museum, Palace of Fine Arts, Havana City, presented an anthological exhibition on the centennial of his birth in 1995.


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