José María Mijares

José María Mijares


Mijares was born in Havana, Cuba in 1921. He began studying art in 1936 at the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts, where his professors included Romañach, Menocal, Valderrama, Ramón Loy, and Caravia. He resided in Miami from 1968 until his death in 2004. Florida International University awarded him with an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts in 2001. He was also awarded the Cintas Fellowship (1970–1971), as well as the National Paintings Prize from the IV National Paintings, Engravings and Sculptures Salon. Mijares’ work has been exhibited at several major shows in Havana, Paris, Caracas, Port-au-Prince (Haiti), Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Washington D.C., and Miami, among other cities.

“Mijares is primarily a colorist, pure color constituting the substance of the forms of his creation. Drawing, as a rule, provides firm support, bold outlines giving definition and meaning to the whole. His thematic material is biological in character, based on living organisms: the life latent with no static form imparts a poetic mystery to his compositions... As a colorist, Mijares continues a tradition long identified with his country. He gives new meaning to the language of the past, however, fashioning it into expressions that transcend boundaries of both time and place.




348 NW 29th St. Museo Vault Building Wynwood Arts District
Miami, Fl. 33127

305 573 4661



Calle Cecilio Acosta C.C Camoruco Local 2-04  Maracaibo, Venezuela


+ 58 261 7932780

+ 58 261 4161989 


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