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Amelia Peláez
Regular studies in the in the San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy, Havana gave a solid basis to painting vocation of this creator woman, who presented her first personal exhibition in the Association of Painters and Sculptors of Havana. Later she went to Europe and settled in Paris, where she also received classes with the famous Russian painter, set designer and decorator Alexandra Exter and in 1933 she presented her personal exhibition at the Zak Gallerty. After having illustrated the edition of Sept poémes, by León Paul Fargue (1934) she returned to Havana. Next year she won a prize at the National Salon and exhibits many of her works, made in Paris, at the Lyceum. In 1938 she began adding elements of traditional Cuban architecture in her still lifes. In 1943 her works made from 1929 are exhibited in a retrsopective arranged by the Institución Hispano Cubana de Cultura, Havana. Next year some of her works are part of the exhibit Pintores Modernos Cubanos (Modern Cuban Painters) at the Museum of Moder Arts (MOMA) New York. She began decorating pottery, art to which she would develop the rest of her life. New awards gotten in National Salons from 1956 to 1959 became the prelude to a personal exhibition which gathered painting and ceramics 1920 to 1960 in Havana.
Guaches y cerámicas (Lyceum, La Habana, 1967) is the last exhibit prepared by her . An extraordinary posthumous retrospective is dedicated to her work at the National Museum, Palace of Fine Arts, Havana.