Photo: Oriol Tarridas, Courtesy of CIFO



Emerging Artist Award Recipient


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Fabián Peña was born in Havana, Cuba in 1976, and currently lives and works in Miami, Florida. Fabián’s work adopts the Shakespearean interpretation of a corporeal “pound of flesh,” acknowledging beauty in the grotesque. He uses animal fragments such as cockroach wings, crushed house flies, and hand-scripted text to inform man-made objects and environments. Fabián Peña was nominated by Elizabeth Cerejido.


Photo courtesy of the artist



A Look Inside: 

Born  Cuba, 1976

Education  Instituto Superior de Arte. Havana, Cuba. (1998-2003). | Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro. Havana, Cuba. (1991-1995). | Vocational Art School '20 de Octubre.' Havana, Cuba. (1988-1991).

Awards Grants & Commissions Program Award (Emerging artist). CIFO – Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation. Miami, Florida. (2016). | Residency. ArtCenter/South Florida. Miami Beach, FL. (2016). | Residency. Vermont Studio Center (Reed Foundation Fellowship Award). Johnson, Vermont. (2006). | In-Cógnita Project. Residency otorged by The Cuban Research Institute. Florida International University. Miami, Florida. (2005). | Raúl Martínez Award. Instituto Superior de Arte. Havana, Cuba. (2003).

Selected Exhibitions Grants & Commissions Program Exhibition. CIFO – Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation. Miami, Florida. (2016). | David Castillo Gallery. Miami, Florida, United States. (2015 & 2011). | Dimensions Variable. Miami, Florida. (2014). | XXXI Pontevedra Art Biennial. Museo de Pontevedra. Galicia, Spain. (2010). | Magnan-Emrich Contemporary. New York, New York. (2008). | Artistic Serigraph Workshop of René Portocarrero. Havana, Cuba. (1997).



Installation View:

Bottled (2016)
Paper, glass & wood
Dimensions variable
Photos: Oriol Tarridas, Courtesy of CIFO