Roberto Fabelo, from Frames and Stretchers to Christie's

Posted on September 21, 2015 by Erick Rios

Fabelo painting - El Equilibrista en el pequeno teatro framed at frames and stretchers for Christies AuctionIt was 4:00 pm on Friday, September 18, 2015, when we received a call from a well known collector. He needed us to build a wood stretcher and to stretch the oil painting on canvas by the famous Cuban artist Roberto Fabelo that same day. And why not, to also build a maple wood frame to adorn the beautiful oil painting "El equilibrista en el pequeño teatro" that will be auctioned on the next Latin American Contemporary auction at Christie's.

We love those challenges and of course we said yes. The result was very nice and it work very well for the purpose of the presentation at the auction house. In the future, I hope that the new buyer bring it back to us, so we can put on a much heavier Baroque frame that the painting was screaming for. Just saying!! ;)

About the artist:

Roberto Fabelo (born 1951 Camagüey, Cuba) is a contemporary Cuban artist. He is both a painter and illustrator.

Born in Guáimaro, Camagüey, Fabelo studied at The National Art School and at the Superior Art Institute of Havana. He was a professor and a jury member for very important national and international visual arts contests. The Cuban state awarded him a medal for National Culture and the Alejo Carpentier medal for his outstanding artistic career. Fabelo's art consists of nude woman, who often appear with bird-like features, including a beak and wings. He drew in textbooks, and created figures out of the pictures already in the textbook. Another example of his art was water colored markers used to draw on silk embroidered fabric.

His work is exhibited at the Museo Nacionalde Bellas Artes in Havana, and in the Cuban embassy in Mexico. His 2009 sculpture of a group of human-headed cockroaches can be found climbing one of the walls of the Havana Fine Arts Museum, entitled Survival. He also illustrated a 2007 edition of Gabriel García Márquez's novel Cien años de soledad. He was described by the Dallas Morning News in 2002 as "one of Cuba's premier artists", with high demand for his paintings in the United States and elsewhere.

Posted in Christies, Cuban Art, Fabelo


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