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Raúl Cañibano


location: Havana, Cuba


phone: +53 5 2515225


        Raúl Cañibano Ercilla was born in 1961 in Havana, the capital of Cuba.
        He is an award-winning photographer whose work focuses on his native Cuba. In his youth, Raúl spent several years living in the rural provinces of Las Tunas and Cienfuegos, before moving to Havana and spent his early career working as a welding technician in civil aviation.
        In 1990, Cañibano visited his childhood home of Cienfuegos on vacation, where he met photographer Alfredo Sarabia. He was inspired to enter the world of photography and taught himself how to experiment with the medium, eventually finding work at national magazines.
        Self-taught, Cañibano was influenced by a wide range of artists and photographers. Attracted to the work of photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson and Sebastián Salgado, and the paintings of Salvador Dalí, he formed his own surrealistic style. When the so-called Special Period began in Cuba, photographic materials necessary for his work became scarce.
        His work explores a broad range of themes, including the city, the countryside, faith, and old age. His ongoing two-decades long anthropological series Tierra Guajira (Country Land) won Cubas photography prize in 1998. It pays homage to Cuban peasants and recalls his own experiences of having spent part of his childhood in the rural eastern regions of the island.
        Raúl's photographs have been published widely New York Times, Leica Fotografie International and Black & White Magazine. His work has been exhibited worldwide, including Fototeca de Cuba, Casa de las Americas in Madrid, the Royal National Theater in London, the Arles Festival in France, the Nordic Light International Festival of Photography in Norway and the Frankston Arts Centre in Australia, plus New Yorks Robert Mann and Throckmorton Fine Art galleries.
        Cañibanos photographs are included in the publication CUBA: 100 years of Cuban Photography, as well as numerous international magazines. He continues to give workshops both in Cuba and abroad, including Spain, Mexico, France and Belgium.
        Raúl is also a documentary photographer for the newspaper Juventud Rebelde in Cuba and CNN Digital in the United States. He is a member of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC), where his work is part of the Cuban Image Fund and included in important international private collections, including the International Center of Photography (ICP) and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

        Since 1994 member of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC).
        Since 2000 member of the Cuban Fund of Photographic Images.
        Since 2022 member of the Noga Creative Union (NCU).

        Awards and Honors:

        1999 Grand Prize, I National Salon of Photography, Tierra guajira series.
        1997 First Prize, University of Havana Plastic Arts Competition, March 13.
        1995 Mention at the First Biennial of Contemporary Photography La Llave del Cerro.
        1995 Mention in the III International Abelardo Rodríguez Photography Exhibition before the Cuban Photographic Image Foundation.

        Solo exhibitions:

        2021 Absolut Cuba, Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo, Baden, Austria.
        2020 Esencia, Revelan't Documentary Photography Festival, Barcelona, Spain.
        2019 Chronicles of an Island, The Photographer Gallery room sale, Londres, UK.
        2018 Visa pour l'Image: International Festival of Photojournalism, Perpignan, France.
        2018 Retrospectiva, Rabat Street Art Festival, Rabat, Morocco.
        2017 Esencia, Art Center Tomás y Valiente, Madrid, Spain.
        2017 Central Dupon Images, Paris, France.
        2015 The Storyteller, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, USA.
        2014 Retrospectiva: 20 años, Nîmes, France.
        2013 The Island Re-portrayed. 1992-2012. A retrospective vision, Aluna Art Foundation, Miami, USA.
        2013 Retrospectiva, Festival de Fotografía Reportage, Customer House, Sydney, Australia.
        2009 En la Ruta, Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba.
        2008 Tierra Guajira, Centro Cultural de Artes de Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain.
        1993 La realidad expectante, Facultad de Artes Plásticas de la Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, Mexico.
        1993 Cazador Solitario, Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba.

        Group exhibitions:

        2022 Extra Ordinary, The photographer Gallery, London, United Kingdom.
        2022 Como la Caña, Galería Factoría Diseño, Havana, Cuba.
        2021 De lo intencional a lo inesperado, Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba.
        2019 Un viaje de ida y vuelta, Luciano Mendez private collection, DA2 Domus Artium         2002, Salamanca, Spain.
        2019 Isla de Azúcar, XIII Havana Biennial, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba.
        2018 La imagen Sin Límite, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba.
        2017 Art x Cuba. Contemporary Perspectives since 1989, Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen, Germany.
        2017 Cuba is, The Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, USA.
        2017 Cuba, Cuba, 65 años de fotografía Cubana, International Center of Photography (ICP), New York, USA.
        2016 Under the Cuban Sun, Throckmorton Fine Art, New York, USA.
        2015 The light in Cuban eyes, Robert Mann Gallery, New York, USA.
        2014 Arte Cubano, Frankstone Arts Center, Melbourne, Australia.
        2013 Festival de Fotografía Nordic Ligth, Kristiansund, Norway.
        2012 El agua, lo masculino y lo femenino, Museo de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba.
        2010 Cuba: por dentro y por fuera, Krause Center for Innovation (KCI), Los Altos Hills, USA.
        2009 17 milagroso, Babalú-Aye, Casa de América, Madrid , Spain.
        2005 Exposición Cubana de Fotografía, Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, France.
        2002 A través de los ojos de otro, City Hall Phoenix, Phoenix, USA.
        2002 Cuba Dura pero Dura, Fototeca de Veracruz, Veracruz City, Mexico.
        2001 Contemporary Photography from Cuba, The Center Gallery Miami Dade Community College Wolfson Campus, USA.
        2000 50 Años de Fotografía Cubana, Royal National Theatre, London, England.
        1998 Cien Años de Fotografía Cubana, Casa de América, Madrid , Spain.
        1998 Cien años de emigración japonesa, Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba.
        1997 3 Fotógrafos Cubanos, La Venerie, Brussels, Belgium/ Shadai-Gellery, Tokyo, Japan.
        1997 Contemporary Images from Cuba Absolut, Los Angeles Internacional Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.
        1995 Primer Salón de Arte Contemporáneo, Museo de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba.
        1994 33 Cuban Photographers, Rerson Gellery, Toronto, Canada.


        2021 Absolut Cuba, Edition Lammerhuber, esp./eng./deu., ISBN 978-3-903101-80-7, Baden, Austria.