José Manuel Fors Wins 2016 National Art Award in Havana


José Manuel Fors, lauded for a lifetime of creative expression and his experimental work in photography, and installation art, has just won the 2016 Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas [National Award for Visual Arts] in Havana, Cuba. Here are excerpts from Cuban Art News.

Artist/photographer José Manuel Fors has been awarded the 2016 Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas for his life’s work, and in particular for “the experimental work he has carried out in photography and installations.”

Fors was selected from a roster of outstanding nominees by a jury of distinguished artists, scholars, critics, and curators comprised of Ever Fonseca, Ernesto Fernández, Nelson Domínguez, José Villa, Osneldo García; Adelaida de Juan; Wiliam Pérez, Nelson Ramírez; Chrislie Pérez, Grethel Morell, Blanca V. López, Caridad Blanco, Margarita González, and chaired by Pedro de Oraá, recipient of the 2015 Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas.

The other nominees for this year’s award included Eduardo Roca (Choco), Zaida del Río, Alberto Lescay, Lesbia Vent Dumois, José Ángel Toirac, Alexis Leyva Machado (Kcho), Manuel Hernández, Roberto Salas, Rafael Zarza, Ernesto Rancaño, and José A. Choy.

A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro (1976) and the Havana Institute of Museology (1986), José Manuel Fors began to exhibit in the early 1980s. He was one of 11 artists who participated in Volumen I, the groundbreaking exhibition that is commonly considered to mark the beginning of Cuban contemporary art.

Subsequently, Fors has gone on to exhibit in some 30 one-person shows and more than 60 group exhibitions internationally. His works are found in major collections in Europe, the US, Canada, Japan, and Brazil. [. . .]

[Photo above: José Manuel Fors, Objectos, 2007]

For full article and photo-gallery of his work, see

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