Antonio Gattorno, one of the early pioneers of Cuban modernism, is unfortunately practically unknown today. From his debut in Havana in 1927, with one of the first exhibitions of modernist art in that city, to his death in Acushnet, Massachusetts in 1980, Gattorno's artistic career spanned fifty years and two countries. An artist with a solid artistic and cultural education, acquired in Havana's Academia San Alejandro and in the museums and ateliers of Italy, Spain, and France, he played a significant role in Cuban modernist art of the 1930s. At that time Gattorno developed a gentle primitivism, inspired by early Italian Renaissance art and Gauguin's Tahitian paintings, to express life in the Cuban countryside. His "Cuban period" (1927-ca. 1940) was extremely productive, including drawings, watercolors, easel and mural paintings, and represents one of the most idyllic views of rural life in Latin American modernist art.
Juan A. Martnez, Ph.D.