The paintings of Alicia Leal is based on Christian and syncretic popular- Cuban iconography, the domestic environment with decorated spaces and anthropological evidences.
Marked by an intense eroticism that feeds on nature and polymorphous presence of desire, as well as the daily record of your relationship with various individuals, families, significant events and certain elements of culture that discovers and sees within his imaginary.
The woman is part of the center of existential conflict, where appearances are merely a pretext to deepen and broaden the generic sense of artistic perception; adding new nuances into the realm of experience but without estrangement, revealing psychic feelings from a language with which tears the surface.
A graduate of San Alejandro in Havana, Alicia Leal has developed an extensive and fruitful work for three decades performing around 160 collective and 30 solo exhibitions. The art of Alicia Leal is recognized in Europe, US and Latin America. Its main manifestation has been painting but also works with photography and ceramics. It has permanent collections in the United States, Germany, Malaysia, Jamaica, Ecuador, Nicaragua.
1980 graduate of the School of Fine Arts of San Alejandro. Havana, Cuba.
Center for Cuban Studies. New York, USA.
Embassy of Spain in the UN. New York, USA.
Museum of the Americas. Managua, Nicaragua.
Museum Kunst der Bildende. Leipzig, Germany.
University of Saint Thomas. Houston, Texas, USA.
The National Gallery of Jamaica. Kingston, Jamaica.
Chapel of Man. Guayasamin Foundation. Quito, Ecuador.
Wisma Kebudayaan SGM. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Ministry of Culture of Cuba
National Council of Plastic Arts. Cuba.
National Library of Cuba.
Hotel Nacional de Cuba. Havana, Cuba.
Museum of Dance. Havana, Cuba.
City Historian of Havana. Havana, Cuba.
Personal collection of Miguel Barnet.
Personal collection of Miguel D’Escoto.
Personal collection of Ernesto Cardenal.
Alicia Leal works are in private collections in the United States, Spain, Germany, Mexico, Jamaica, England, Japan, France, among others.
Solo Exhibitions (selection)
2013 Personal exhibition at the Country Club Kitzbuhel, Tirol, Austria. (Private Art).
2012 Mambrú went to war. Photography exhibition. Origins Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
2011 First Festival of Arts Trinidad and Tobago. Bipersonal exhibition with José Fuster. And Gallery, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
2010 Go, and come back to go. Gallery painture of Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
By the time 2008. Culture Festival Boyaca. Gallery of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism: Colombia Tunja, Colombia.
2007 Alicia Leal. French Union of Cuba, Havana, Cuba.
Passion 2004 Cubana. Bipersonal exhibition with Vicente Bonachea. Wisma Kebudayaan SGM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Group Exhibitions (selection)
2013 The homeland and identity in Cuban art. Gallery Art Center Cuban Studies Centre Cuba, New York, United States.
2012 Ball Viva. Bolivarian Museum, Santa Marta, Colombia.
2011 1 minute of silence. Guayasamin House Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
2010 Tonight … Alicia Alonso danced here. Magnanmentz Gallery, New York, United States.
2009 World Spirits. Gallery Art Center Cuban Studies Centre Cuba, New York. United States.
2008 Spirits. A contemporary example of Brazil, Cuba and Haiti. Municipal Gallery of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States.
Awards and Distinctions
Recognition awarded by the National Secretariat of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC).
1990 Third National Award. Paisaje’90 lounge. Art Center, Guantanamo, Cuba.
1992 Third Façonnable Arts Competition Award. Havana, Cuba.
1993 Diploma for their joint participation in support of disadvantaged children in Nicaragua. Managua, Nicaragua.
1994 Diploma for its contribution to the National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica.
1997 Third Prize of the French firm Façonnable.
Granted by the recognition Gran Caribe Hotel Group SA Havana, Cuba.
2001 Diploma for their outstanding work in culture. Sancti Spiritus, Cuba.
Diploma for artistic merit. Superior Art Institute of Cuba. Havana, Cuba.
2003 Diploma work Contribution to Cultural Hotel Melia Cohiba. Havana, Cuba.
Diploma Senior distinguished. Hotel Nacional de Cuba. Havana, Cuba.
Diploma of participation in the Fourth Biennial Identity. Tribute to Ada Elba Pérez. Havana, Cuba.
Diploma for their participation in the setting of the Junior High School “Presence of Celia”. La Lisa, Havana, Cuba.
2004 Recognition by the Municipal Department of Culture and the government of Taguasco for his contribution to art projects. Sancti Spiritus, Cuba.