At first glance, the work of Ever Fonseca shows attractively colorful and primitive but reveals little of his true character. It is only after considerable and careful observation Fonseca’s paintings begin, unwittingly revealing their language, showing hidden animals, birds and creatures. These characters seem drawn from children’s stories, but they are actually a coherent interplay of images drawn from the experiences and traditional Cuban faiths. His speech is spurred by a highly imaginative mind, allowing you to produce very disciplined and complex jobs in an original way that characterizes the essence and myths of Cuban life. While execution can be described as classic – the work of a trained artist – his African heritage content reveals that indeed permeates some of the best contemporary Cuban art. However, the language of Fonseca is almost original. Like many of the best Cuban artists, he has created an expression that is personal. After seeing a body working for Fonseca, I find it hard to believe that I could attribute his painting any other artist. He has given the Cuban cultural language one unique meaning and expression accurate and beautifully tells the story of Afro-Cuban tradition. His message is apparently not sophisticated, but it allows you to effectively transform a visible form mental images found in the beliefs of the Cuban peasantry. Alex R. Rosenberg April 1999
Ever Fonseca Cerviño was born in 1938 in Manzanillo and registered in Guantanamo, Cuba. Painter, sculptor and ceramist. First Cuban painter of the 60s, invited to make a personal exhibition at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, which opened with the title: Oils Ever Fonseca. In 1970 his work becomes part of the permanent collection of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Cuba. He has been a juror in exhibitions and national and international competitions of arts. He has lectured at meetings with schools in Cuba and abroad. He is a member of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) and the International Association of Plastic Artists (AIAP). He has participated in over 22 solo exhibitions and over 400 group exhibitions in several countries. His works are in museums in Cuba, International Museum of Art Twentieth Century, TIMOTCA-UNESCO, New York, USA, Germany, Lithuania, Austria, Poland, Colombia, Yugoslavia, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, etc. For his outstanding career, the State Council of the Republic of Cuba grants the Distinction for National Culture and the Alejo Carpentier Medal, the State Council of the Republic of Cuba give the medal “40 Years of Victories”, the union of culture gives the medal Raul Gomez Garcia, and is awarded the National Prize for Plastic Arts 2012 and Seal Laureate, delivered by the National Union of Workers of Culture, in recognition of his life’s work and his contribution to national culture. His work integrates the collection “Heritage, human rights and artistic memory of the twentieth century” pertaining to the UN on display in Geneva and New York, USA, selected “Man of the Year” in 2005 the American Biographical Institute, ABI, USA, among other awards.