Pedro Pablo Oliva  •  Selected Works

Pedro Pablo Oliva (b. 1949) studied painting and drawing at the Academy of Plastic and Applied Arts in Pinar del Río and graduated from the National School of Art of Cubanacán in Havana in 1970. He is a member of the International Association of Plastic Artists (AIAP) and of the National Union of Writers and Artists (UNEAC).

His work has been awarded in several competitions, being exhibited in more than twenty personal exhibitions and hundreds of group exhibitions in galleries, biennials and art fairs in Cuba and numerous countries. Today, a significant number of his masterpieces have become part of well known public and private collections in Cuba and the world, including the large inventory treasured by the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana.

In consideration of his role as tutor to several generations of young artists, Oliva has been named Emeritus Artist by the Higher Institute of Art (ISA) in Havana, and has been awarded the "Master of Youth" Award (2007), awarded by the Society of young artists Asociación Hermanos Saíz.

He has won wide recognition among his contemporaries and is the recipient of awards including the Order for National Culture (1988), the National Prize for Plastic Arts (2006) or the "The Utility of Virtue" Award, the latter awarded by the José Martí Cultural Society. He also holds the Medal of Member of Honor of the FAO and the Alejo Carpentier Medal.

In 1991, he was the first artist living on the island to exhibit in New York after 1959, and in 1993 his work entered the circuit of Christie's and Sotheby's, thus playing a leading role for the international recognition of Cuban art made on the Island.