Cundo Bermúdez:
The Artist, The Friend

Opening Reception
Friday September 6, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
First Friday - Gallery Night

Cernuda Arte
3155 Ponce de León Blvd.
Coral Gables, Fl. 33134
305 461 1050
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Of my work I would indeed say, that for me, color and form are most important. I am from the tropics. I enjoy vibrant paintings, colors that are bold and contrasting."

Cundo Bermúdez.

Cundo Bermúdez, Portrait of Marta, 1947, oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches

Cundo Bermúdez, Portrait of Marta, 1947,
oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches

About the Artist

Recognized as one of the legendary painters of 20th century Cuba, Cundo Bermúdez was born in Havana in 1914. He studied painting in the early 1930s at the prestigious fine arts school in Cuba, San Alejandro Academy. Later in this same decade, the artist spent a year at the Academia San Carlos in Mexico City where he encountered the works of renowned muralists. One of the giants of the modern Mexican school, David Alfaro Siqueiros once commented about the artist: “Cundo Bermúdez depicts boldness in the plastic arts. He knows how to execute in a synchronized manner… With his tonalities and pictorial planes, he restructures the space and organizes it at times in an almost miraculous fashion. In my opinion, this artist has great importance in the chromatic range of modern Cuban painting”. 

Cundo Bermúdez, Dos Figuras con Florero (Two Figures with Flower Vases),ca 1959, mixed media on board laid down on canvas, 28 x 22 ¼ inches

Cundo Bermúdez, Dos Figuras con Florero (Two Figures with Flower Vases),ca 1959, mixed media on board laid down on canvas, 28 x 22 ¼ inches

Cundo, like many of his contemporaries during the 1940’s such as, Mario Carreño, Mariano Rodríguez and René Portocarrero, shared an interest in depicting the Cuban scene of the times in a dynamic pictorial language that was in tune with 20th century modern art movements.  His favorite subject matters were much inspired in everyday life affairs, in the idiosyncrasy of the Cuban people and the bustling cultural milieu of Havana.

In the 1950s, the artist traveled to Europe and became familiar with the work of modern masters such as, Matisse, Gauguin, Rousseau and Picasso. While the feminine figure continued to be prevalent in Cundo’s renditions, the artist elaborated during this decade themes that became important in his vast body of work, namely: musicians, dancers, interiors, acrobats, harlequins and still lifes.

Cundo Bermúdez, Muchacha con Mariposa (Young Lady with Butterfly), 1970, mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board, 30 ¼ x 22 inches 

Cundo Bermúdez, Muchacha con Mariposa (Young Lady with Butterfly), 1970, mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board, 30 ¼ x 22 inches 

Cundo Bermúdez’s oeuvre has been exhibited worldwide throughout Latin America, the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. His work is part of many private and public collections, and in the holdings of major museums, including, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), N.Y.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C; Pérez Art Museum of Miami, FL, among others.

In 1967, the artist left Cuba, settled for some time in Washington D.C. and later resided in Puerto Rico. Some years after, he moved to Miami where he resided and diligently continued to work passionately until he passed away in 2008.


About Cernuda Arte

Cernuda Arte showcases the works of the Colonial, Early Republic, Vanguardia, and Modern master painters, as well as the latest production of contemporary artists of unquestionable talent. The complete spectrum of Cuban art has been, for more than twenty-five years, our field of expertise and with pleasure it will continue to be so. We offer you the accumulation of our experience backed by our integrity and honesty. We buy, sell, certify, and appraise Cuban art.


3155 Ponce de León Boulevard

Coral Gables, Fl. 33134

305 461 1050

cernudaarte@msn.com

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Saturday: 12:00 m  – 6:30 pm