Gallery of West Indian Art
MONTEGO BAY,  JAMAICA
We specialise in Haitian Art, Cuban Art, and Jamaican Art
Biographies of our Cuban & Jamaican Painters

Below, listed alphabetically, you will find the biographies of our Cuban painters, followed by the biographies of our Jamaican painters.  You can link to the artist's room (if featured on our site) by clicking on the painter's name.
Cuban Artist Biographies
ALIOSHA ARACIL BOULLON
Aracil was born in Havana in 1973.  He is a grduate in Graphic Design of the Instituto Superior de Diseno Habana.  He is a member of the Fondo de Bienes Culturales and of the Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales.  He currently lives and works in Havana.

Personal Exhibitions:
1992 "Reflexion", Galeria de Arte de 10 de Octubre, Habana, Cuba
1992 "En Mi Calle", Galeria Museo Municipal de San Miguel, Habana, Cuba
1989 "Personal", Galeria de Arte de San Miguel, Habana, Cuba

Collective Exhibitions (Aracil has taken part in over 40 such exhibitions, some of which are listed below):
2003 "IV Salon Voces Del Sur", Centro Provincial de Artes Plasticas y Diseno, Habana, Cuba
2002 "Abajo. Performance", Casa de las Poesia, Pinar del Rio, Cuba
2001 "Salon de la Ciudad", Centro Provincial de Artes Plasticas y Diseno, Habana, Cuba
1999 "El Tiempo Como Espacio", Exteriores del Instituto Superior de Arte, Habana, Cuba
1998 "Este No Tiene Nombre", Galeria de ISA, Habana, Cuba
1997 "Artistas Contemperaneos", Galeria Isarte, Medellin, Colombia
1996 "Zeitkritische Kunst aus Kuba", Galeria Rita Schweitzer, Stuttgart, Germany

His work can be found in, amongst 15 others, these private collections:
Coleccion Galeria Rita Schweitzer, Stuttgart, Germany
Coleccion Wolfgang Mezger, Frittlingen, Germany
Coleccion Joel Atlas Skirble, Washington DC, USA
Coleccion Galeria Las Chimeneas, Canary Islands, Spain
Coleccion Ramie Leahy, Kilkenny, Ireland
Gallery of West Indian Art, Montego Bay, Jamaica
FRANCISCO GORDILLO ARREDONDO
Francisco Gordillo was born on the 11th of September 1964.  He is a grduate of the Academia de Bellas Artes "San Alejandro", and has exhibited widely in his native Cuba.
CHARRO (MARIA DEL ROSARIO RODRIGUEZ RODRIGUEZ)
Charro, born in Havana, is a self-taught artist who works with mixed media, usually acrylics and pastels on canvas or paper, with dried leaves and other plant parts.  Charro says she finds the inspiration for her art in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, particularly "Lord of the Rings".
EDUARDO GONZALEZ EXPOSITO
Eduardo Exposito was born in Havana in 1964.  He studied painting and photography, and his works are found in collections around the world.
ORESTES GAULHIAC
Orestes Gaulhiac was born in Santiago de Cuba on May 18, 1960.  In 1978, he participated in his first exhibition in Havana.  He graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Diseno in 1980.  His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions in his native Cuba, as well as the wider world, and forms part of many prestigious private collections around the globe.  Gaulhiac has become one of Cuba's bestknown contemporary artists.
JOSE GONZALEZ GRILLO
Jose Grillo graduated from the Academia de Artes Plasticas de la Habana "San Alejandro" in 1984.  In 1990, he grduated from the University of Havana with a degree in Art History.  He taught as a professor of Art from 1980 to 1991.
SILVIA GRILLO FONTAINE
Born in Matanzas, Silvia graduated with a degree in History of Art in 1985.  She was a teacher of art from 1986 to 1993, and worked in the field of art history for three years, until beginning to paint in 1996.  Her work forms part of private collections in the US, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sweden, Jamaica and Latin America.
EDUARDO GUERA HERNANDEZ
Eduardo Guera was born on the 23rd of August 1967 in Pinar del Rio.  He studied at the Escuela Vocacional de Arte Raul Sanchez in Pinar del Rio from 1979 to 1982.  From 1982 to 1986 he attended the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas in Havana, and then, from 1990 to 1995, the Instituto Superior de Arte.  He has had numerous exhibitions in his native Cuba, as well as in Spain (Madrid in 1996, 1997, and 1998), Sweden (Joenkoeping in 1999), Mexico (Guadalajara in 1996) and the US (Texas in 2001, California in 1999).  All of the works shown below are colografias - a type of printing & etching technique - and all are issued in limited series.
RAUL MONCADA MARINO
Raul Moncada was born in Camaguey in Southern Cuba in 1955.  He studied at the Escuela de Artes Plasticas Jose Joaquin Tejada in Santiago de Cuba, and later at the Instituto Pedagogico Enrique Jose Varona in Havana.  He has had numerous personal exhibitions in his native Cuba, and has there also participated in several collective exhibitions.  In 1996 he won first prize for painting at the Taller de Creacion.  In 1995, he won first prize for engraving at the Encuentro de Artistas, held at the Casa Cultural Marianao in Havana.
ODILIA MEZQUIA
Born in the city of Havana on November 10, 1963, Odilia Mezquia is a graduate of the Academia de Bellas Artes "San Alejandro".  Since 1984, her works have been shown in numerous exhibitions in Cuba and the wider world.
ARMANDO TEJUCA
Armando Tejuca Corominas was born on September 29 1968 in Habana, Cuba. He is a graduate in Civil Engineering (ISPAJE 1991) and in "Artes Plasticas" from the San Alejandro Academy (1995). He is a member of: La Asociacion Hermanos Saiz (since 1991), Cens Artistes Plastics (ACEA), Barcelona, Spain. Founder-Member of Grupo de creacion Humoristica 30 de Febrero (since 1991).
ANDRES TOSCO
Andres Tosco was born on December 24, 1959, in Havana, Cuba.  He trained as a computer technician in Russia, before turning to painting in 1994.  He is self-taugh and, after initially painting on wood, now works exclusively on canvas.  Tosco is married and has two children, who inspire some of his paintings.  He is very concerned with social issues, something which - as he freely admits - is not always reflected in his works.
FRANCISCO MENDEZ ALONSO
Francisco Mendez was born on October 15, 1954, in Havana.  He attended the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the University of Havana, from which he graduated in 1980.  Having always felt an affinity for the arts, particularly painting, he enrolled in art classes, where he learned basic painting techniques.  Since 1980, he combines his work as a civil engineer with his second career...being an artist.  Painting, he says, satisfies and relaxes him because it is a labour of love and dedication.
NAGUNA (NELTON LAGUNA SANCHEZ)
Naguna was born on February 20, 1956.  He is a graduate of the Academia Provincial de Artes Plasticas "San Alejandro".  His work, shown in various exhibitions in Cuba and abroad, can be found in private collections all over the world.
RONALDO DE JESUS ESPINOSA NIETO
Ronaldo Nieto was born in Havana in 1961.  He graduated from the University of Havana in 1991, and is a member of the Fondo de Bienes Culturales.  He has had several exhibitions in his native Cuba (in 1988 in the Casa de la Trova Benny More; in 2000 in the Galeria de Arte San Miguel de Padron; in 2001 in the Gran Teatro de la Habana) as well as in Mexico (in 1994, at "Lo Azul de Cuba" in Cancun).  Several of his works were shown in the Festival de las Naciones in 1999 in Spain.  His works can also be found in private collections in Jamaica, Spain, France, Italy and the US.
DANIEL ROCA BLANCO
Daniel Roca was born in Havana on June 27, 1967.  In 1983, he commenced his studies in industrial design at the Instituto de Diseno Industrial in Havana, from which he grduated in 1987.  He started his artistic career in carving, and did not begin to paint until 1996.  In his car paintings, Roca works from photographs taken in the streets of Havana, and he does repeat the same scene numerous times.  His paintings, therefore - though they are all genuine originals - can be very similiar to one another, but no two are ever exactly alike.  Roca's works can be found in private collections throughout the world.
JULIO ANDRES SUAREZ MACHIN
Julio Suarez was born in Pinar del Rio in 1964.  He graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Arte in 1968.  He initially worked in the book and publishing business, and has been a member of the Union de Periodistas de Cuba since 1970.  He was the artistic director of the "Revista Verde Olivo" from 1978 until 1990.  In 1981, with four other artists, he founded the group Tiempo Libre.  He joined the Union de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba in 1995, and started painting.  In 1999, he became a member of the Proyecto Horizontal.  He has participated in numerous exhibitions in Cuba.
HUMBERTO VINAS GARCIA
Humberto Vinas was born in Havana om June 5, 1963.  He is a self-taught painter and auto-didact, who in 1985 completed his studies as an artsmith.  He subsequently worked as an artsmith in the Taller Katey.  In 1987, he designed the catalogue and program for the exhibition "Primer Encuentro de la Cultura Arabe en Cuba", which was held at the Galeria Emir Abdel Kader in Havana.  In 1988 he completed a course in photography at the Union de Escritores y Periodistas de Cuba.  From 1986 to 1990 he completed a course in ceramics at the Taller de Ceramica del Cerro.  In 1994 he completed a course in theatre production, dance, and music spectaculars, and was recognized in this field by the Ministry of Culture and the Teatro Nacional de Cuba.  In 1995 he became an independent artist with the Fondo de Bienes Culturales.
Jamaican Artist Biographies
ERROL ALLEN
Errol Allen was born on the 18th of August 1960 in Granville, St.James near Montego Bay, into a family of artists. He went to Granville All Age School until he was sixteen. From the age of six he was sketching and at the age of fifteen he began painting signs. Through meeting other artists he became interested in fine arts and began doing water colours in 1979. This is still his favourite medium although he also does pastels, oils and acrylics. Errol works with a small group of painters in which he is the leader and teacher. He has exhibited at the Chatham Hotel and the Montego Bay Parish Library. His paintings have been sold to the USA, Canada, England, Germany and Australia.
DELORIS ANGLIN
Deloris Anglin is the wife of the internationally known Jamaican painter Albert Artwell, with whom she lives in Catadupa, Jamaica.  Deloris' whimsical depictions of everyday Jamaican life are full of the colour, vibrancy and humour of this beautiful island.
ALBERT ARTWELL
Born on October 23, 1942, in Catadupa, Artwell - a visionary - was first inspired to "illustrate" in a marvellously decorative calligraphy various passages from the Scriptures.  Later, he began painting pictures, usually religious scenes updated with elements of topical humour.  A Crucifixion scene, for example, reveals among the onlookers several colonial types, including a medal-bedecked British officer.  His work is marked by a clear and concise imagery in fresh, flatly painted colours.  Artwell's work has been exhibited all over the world.  His work is on permanent display at the National Gallery of Jamaica, and he is a recipient of the Lady Musgrave Medal for Achievements in the Arts.  He is considered one of the founders of the Jamaican Intuitive Movement.
BOBART
Clifford "Bobart" Scott was born in Westmoreland, Jamaica.  He wanted to be an artist from an early age, and spent many hours at school doodling in his books.  He is a farmer, and his work often depicts the market women of Jamaica, and the lush fruits and vegetation of the quiet countryside where he lives.
SUSAN CLARE
Susan Clare is a representational watercolour artist whose style emphasizes the lush tropical beauty of nature, seen under the dancing sunlight of Jamaica's North Coast. Her recent work shows an expanded array of subject matter and motivation.
Born and raised in England, Susan's formal education was in sciences, but with an art teacher for a mother, and her interest in painting was maintained as a hobby. After moving to Jamaica in 1981, to pursue a career in scuba diving, Susan owned and ran a PADI 5 Star Scuba Training Centre in several prestigious resorts. Her artistic expressions lay dormant. In 1996, Susan revived her longtime interest in calligraphy and gold leaf illuminations, taking on part-time work designing menus and illustrating quotes and poems.
In March 1997, Susan decided to become a full-time artist and with self-study and the inspiring guidance of sculptress and watercolourist, Jannette Eyles, the dream became reality. She spent nine months working out of Jannette's studio, painting the tropical plants, flowers, landscapes and still lifes of the luscious environment of rural Jamaica. Her aim was to let the viewer make a connection with the richness of nature and the values inherent in a simpler lifestyle. A year later, the artist started portraits of children, by commission. Nearly five years into her painting career, Susan has expanded her range of subject matter to include some nautical themes, from her past, and some spiritual ideas from a present and ongoing quest for personal growth. The latter incorporate gold work and calligraphic motifs and symbols, in an age old tradition, given a new flavour.
Susan finds herself drawn to the world within the picture frame. "The play of light over the subject is spellbinding, be it a still life collection of glass bottles, rustic stonework or the glowing complexion of a child."
In November 1997, Susan showed a solo exhibition at Round Hill Hotel, which was extremely well received. Since then, she has participated in three group shows each year, in Montego Bay. Her work is also at Coyaba Resort, Mobay Hope, the Gallery of West Indian Art and Décor Gallery in Montego Bay, in Harmony Hall and Wassi Art, Ocho Rios, and at WB Framing in Kingston. Her work can be found in private collections in Jamaica, England, USA, Canada and Europe.
MARIA DOWNES
Maria's inspiration to paint evolves from the various emotional responses that she has to everyday life; people, landscapes, flowers, patterns, colours, mood and light.  Maria's original works are inspired by her travels to Jamaica, where she has maintained a second residence for many years.  Maria's paintings have been well received and have been acccpted by several juried exhibitions, including the Fitchburg Art Museum, American Painters in Paris, the Concord Art Association, and numerous others in Boston and New York.  She has also participated in many group shows, as well as numerous exciting One Woman Art Shows, most recently in Negril, Jamaica.  Maria's painting "Lilac Frenzy" was selected from among 300 entries for Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum limited edition poster, and the painting "Towards Truro" was featured in American Artist for its statement on conservation.  Additionally, many of her original works are housed in Corporate Collections and have been exhibited throughout the US and abroad.  Maria paints to evoke the feeling that life is art.
NELTON FISHER
Nelton Fisher was born May 28, 1965, in Albert Town, Trelawny, Jamaica.  When he was a small child he lived with his grandmother and attended Maud McLeod Secondary School.  He then moved to Anchovy to live with his father and attended Anchovy Secondary School.  He is entirely self-taught and loved to paint from a very early age.  One of his paintings was represented to the former Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Hon. Hugh Shearer.  He is in many prestigious collections, and no Jamaican art collection could be said to be complete without his work.
MILTON MESSAM
Born on November 1, 1944, in Montego Bay, Messam attended a local secondary school where - because he was always drawing - he acquired the nickname "Artist".  In 1963, he took a correspondence course in Commercial and Fine Art.  He worked as a taxi driver and as a chef, before giving up all unrelated work to fully concentrate on his painting.  His work, much in demand in the United States and the wider Caribbean, forms part of many private collections throughout the world.
UTA SODTKE
Uta Sodtke was born and educated in Germany and has lived in Toronto, Canada, since 1967.  In her artistic beginnings she was gradually encouraged and influenced by her artist father.  She was attracted by various media used in the creative process but has found watercolour to be the most challenging and rewarding media for her.  Paintings of vibrant colours and the lush scenery of the rolling hills and forest vegetation are a direct result of her frequent travels to Jamaica over the last thirty years.  Her love of Montego Bay's surroundings has inspired her to spend most of her available time in Jamaica, where she paints scenes readily recognizable for most people who have ever visited there.  Uta's work is internationally collected, in Europe, the Caribbean, and North America.
STEFAN SPATH
Born in Germany and having lived throughout Europe, Africa and Australasia, Stefan has resided in Jamaica for over 9 years.  It is from these experiences that Stefan has come to fully embrace the Jamaican culture.  This is clearly demonstrated in his artwork, which passionately reflects the vibrancy of the colours of the Caribbean.  Stefan's love of painting is inspired with flair and design from his career in the culinary field.  His original entry into the art world has resulted in commissioned pieces existing within private collections around the world.  Strong.  Passionate.  Vibrant.  Stefan's work pervades the senses, evoking and provoking thoughtful commentary.  This young man's work is a must for lovers of art and Caribbean culture alike.  Stefan has exhibited all over the world.
ELDON SPENCE
Eldon Spence was born in Falmouth, Jamaica, on the 7th of August 1972.  He always wanted to be an artist and his favourite subjects at school were art & painting, batik leatherwork, and screen printing.  He later joined a group of artists led by Wilfred Black.  By observing them, he developed his own style - and thus rightly describes himself as self-taught.  He is also an acoomplished guitar player and singer, and can often be heard serenading the guests at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Montego Bay.
DAVID WILSON
David Elliott Wilson was born in Oxofrd, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica on March 13, 1969.  He attended the Manchester High School, and then Mico Teachers College.  He is currently an art teacher at Manchester High.  He says he was born with the innate gift to paint, and was always attracted to - and facinated by - artists.  He was himself inspired to paint by his art teacher at college.  David is married and has one daugher.