Survey of Contemporary Cuban Artists
Pedro Betancourt Moltalvo was born in Havana, Cuba in 1954, and studied art at the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts, from which he graduated in 1980.
His first solo show took place at the Students Federation Gallery at the University of Havana in 1982, followed a year later by a second solo exhibition at the Ceramica Parque Lenin Gallery in Havana.
Three years later Pedro Betancourt participated in the now famous Second Havana Bienal, and this led to his art work receiving international exposure for the first time and thus the beginning of Betancourt eventually showing his work outside Cuba on a regular basis.
In 1995 Betancourt left Cuba and currently resides in Madrid, Spain where he has become one of the most prolific Cuban artists in exile. His work is characterized by a unique interpretation of Cuban life and landscape, which blends European, Cuban and African imagery and techniques into a singularly different style of painting that places Betancourtís work in a niche of its own.
Betancourtís works are in many private and public collections in Cuba, France, Japan, Finland, Russia, Germany, Mexico, Venezuela, Austria, Switzerland, Ghana, Angola, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Uruguay and the United States.