Carlos del Toro Orihuela Biography

Carlos del Toro Orihuela




Painter and printmaker Carlos del Toro Orihuela was born in Havana, Cuba in 1954. He studied at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, San Alejandro, where he graduated in 1975. He then enrolled in the Instituto Superior de Arte, where he graduated with a masters degree in printmaking in 1984. He helped establish the Experimental Graphic Workshop in Havana, which has since become a leading printmaking workshop with an international reputation. His works are held in the permanent collections of the Cabinet of Prints, National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba; Cabinet of Prints Experimental Graphic Workshop, Hav., CU; Schraine Museum, Ludwig Foundation, Cologne, Germany; National Culture House Collection, Quito, Ecuador; the Latin American Studies Center, New York, USA; and the FENIX Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden, among others.

He was awarded second prize for printmaking at the VIII Annual National Young Salon at the Museo Nacional de Bella Artes, Havana, 1982; the Literature in Visual Arts award from Sala Ruden Martinez Villena, Galeria UNEAC, 1982; First Prize, Raul Gomez Garcia Salon, Havana, 1985; medal in printmaking, 25th Anniversary of the Experimental Graphic Workshop of Havana, 1989; the Oswaldo Guayasamin Museum prize, 1993; the Encuentro de Grabado from Centro Provincial de Artes Plasticas y Diseno, 1993; First Mention, Graphic Biennial Barranquilla, Colombia, 1995; Distinction for National Culture prize, 2002; Order Raul Gomez Garcia, Union of Culture, Cuba, 2002.

Selected group exhibitions:
1979, First Victor Manuel Trienal of Engraving, Galeria de La Habana, Havana, Cuba
1983, Cuban Painting, Japan International Artists Society, Yamaguchi Musueum, Hokkaido, Japan
1991, 18 Peintres de Cuba a Paris, Festival de l'Humanity, Paris, France
1993, selected artist, Internationale Grafik Biennale, Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Center, Netherlands
2006, Try Me at the Bottleworks, Athens, Georgia, USA
2007, Punto de Embarque, Tina Newton Gallery, Birmingham, AL, USA
2008, Antes Que Nada, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL, USA
2012, En Cada Barrio Revolucion, Avondale Bricks Gallery, Birmingham, AL, USA
2013, Ambassador's Residence Arts Show, Atlanta, GA, USA 

Selected solo exhibitions: 
1979, Exposicion Litografias de Carlos del Toro, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana
1990, Temperas, Victor Manuel Gallery, Havana
1991, Graphic Art and Paintings, Bologna, IT
1994, Entresaurios II (series), La Acacia Gallery, Havana
1996, Pintura/Grabado de Carlos del Toro, Taller Experimental de Grafica, Havana