Rigoberto Mena Santana CV

Date and place of birth: October 6th, 1961, Artemisa, Cuba
E-mail:  menabambugarden@gmail.comaddress: 84 St. # 911, between 9th and 11, Playa, Havana, Cuba.
Studio: 21 St,# 5421 between 54 th and 52, Playa, Havana, Cuba.
Studies:
1985-1987

Graduate of Informational design, Polytechnic Institute of Industrial Design, Havana.
1988-1989
San Alejandro Provincial School of Plastic Arts, Havana
Professional Activity
2002-2003Member of the Association of Plastic Artists of the UNEAC. -Invited Artist to the Havana Experimental Graphics Workshop.
-Dupont Visiting Artist, Boston Art Institute, Lesley Boston University, Massachusetts, United States.2006-Invited artist 9 th Havana Biennial.2018-Artist in residency,Djerassi Artis Programm,San Francisco,CA,U.S.A

Personal Exhibitions

 2020-Reencuentro, Henry Ponce Arquitectos, Merida, Mexico.

-2019 Rigoberto Mena-Jose Angel Vicenth,NG Gallery,Havana,Cuba.

2018 -Ofrenda, Lombillo Palace,Old Havana.Cuba.

2017-Al dente, Havana Gallery,Cuba.

2016-Dialogue between shadows,Gallery 11,Antonio Nunez Jimenez Foundation,Havana,Cuba.

2015 -Bambu Garden,Lois Lambert Gallery,Santa Monica,CA,U.S.A.

         -RBK 4200,La Cabaña Fortress.Bienal de La Habana,

2014-The shape without shape. Visual Arts Development Center, Bayamo, Cuba 
2013
-Allegro Ma Non Troppo. Lloyd’s Register, Havana. 

2012
-Spirit. Dennis Rosenthal Gallery, Chicago, U.S.A. 
-Ordering the Chaos. Cabin Fortress, Havana. 
2011
-Speaking in languages. Fine Arts National Museum, Havana. 
2010
-The places of time (with Alan Kleinmann). Orígenes Gallery, Havana’s Great Theater. 
2009
-The writing and the limit. 23 y 12 Gallery, Havana. 
2007
-The pleasure of absorb yourself. RAC Gallery, Veracruzan University, Xalapa, México. 
2006
-CoexistencePublic space, during the Ninth Havana’s Biennale.  
2005
-Ball change. La Casona Gallery, Havana, Cuba
-Das Unbestimmbare Selbst. Refugium Gallery, Berlin. 
2004
-From the nothing to the infinite. La Casona Gallery, Havana, Cuba
2003
-The visual poetry of life. Refugium Gallery, Berlin.
-Rigoberto Mena. Recent Work. Habana Gallery, México DF. 
-Recent graphic work (with Jo Ann Rothschild). Graphic workshop, Havana.
-Rigoberto Mena. Recent Work, Boston Art Institute, Lesley Boston University, Massachusetts.
2002
Rigoberto Mena. Recent Work, City Museum.
2001
Two plus one doesn’t make three (with Julio Girona and Angel Rivero), L Gallery, Havana.
2000
Cuba, Cuba I, Space 12 Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, United States.
Three abstract painters (with Jo Ann Rothschild and Julia Valdes), Workshop-Studio, San Ignacio 154, Havana.
Tension in the trembling sheet in the wind. Lay House of the Archbishop of Havana, Cuba.
1998
-End of century proposal, San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortress, Havana, Cuba.
1997
Recent works (with Julia Valdés and Reinelio Marin), International Press Centre, Havana, Cuba.
1996
-Two Cuban Artists (with Ignacio Merida) Welgelegen Gallery, Warns-veld, Holland.
Hecker, Werner, Himmelreich, Berlin.
1995
-Prints, SOGEM Gallery, House of the Writer, Guadalajara, Mexico.
1994
I eclectic. Habana Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
1993
MCMXCII (with Milagros Chiroldi), Art Gallery Servando Cabrera Moreno, Havana.
1992
Visions, Luis Rogelio Nogueras Library, Havana.

Collective Exhibitions2019.Un viaje de ida y vuelta,Domus Artium / DA2,Obras de la Colección de Luciano Mendes,Salamanca,España  -Art New York,with NG Art Gallery,NY,U.S.A.-Inventory,with Pat Oleszko and Lee l’Clerc,Studio Mena,Havana,Cuba.-HB,Gran Teatro de La Habana,Colateral Habana Bienal.Cuba-Ars Longa,Vita Brevis,Obispo Art Gallery,Tenerife,España.-Lineas Discontinuas,Habana Gallery,Havana,Cuba.2018.Uncensored,Contemporary Art work, from the  Steven Mindich and Maria Lopez’s collection ,North Eastern University,Boston,U.S.A.-Historias Paralelas,Artium Gallery,Miami,U.S.A.– Puentes, no muros, Mena Studio,Cuba and Institute of Visual                    Arts Cincinnati.U.S.A.
2017.Panorama of the Photography, Wilfredo Lam Art Contemporary Art Center Collection.Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center.Havana,Cuba. -Shipwrecked of reason.Half a century in Cuban Art.Pompano Beach Cultural Center,Florida,U.S.A.-Art Scope,NG Gallery,NY,U.S.A.-Art LIMA,NG Gallery,Lima,Peru.-Inventory.Habana Gallery,Havana Cuba.-Exhibition at Cornette de Saint Cyr auction house,Paris,France.2016.Basic Instinct,Papers from Cuba.Cervantes Institute,Rome,Italy. -Two Steps forwards,Contemporary Cuban Art from the Collection of Terry and Steven Certilman,Westport Art Center,Westport ,U.S.A.-Kuba Libre,Kunshalle,Rostock,Germany.-Presente,Contemporary Art from Cuba,GX Gallery,The Gherkin ,London,U.K.-The eternal Spiral,Museo Sacro,Convento de San Francisco,Havana,Cuba.-Collective show,Ideobox Artspace,Miami,U.S.A.-Cavilaciones,Casa de la cultura,20 de Mayo,Bayamo,Cuba.2015.Cubans prints,La Siempre Habana,Casa Jose Marti,Mexico City,Mexico.
2014 .ArtBo .International Art Fair,Bogota,Colombia.-A living laboratory,Dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Havana Biennial,Wifredo Lam Center for Contemporary Art,La Habana,Cuba.-Rolling stone that find Each others,Collection of the visual Art Council,Urban Museum of Shanghai,Shanghai,China.-untitled Memories,Homage to Julio Girona,Plaza de la Patria,Bayamo,Cuba.Havana Art auction,Havana Gallery,Havana,Cuba. 


2013
7 contemporaries Cuban painters. Royal York Fairmont Hotel, Toronto, Canada.
Fresh Paint. Havana Gallery, Cuba
-Beijing Art Fair. With Trazos Gallery, China 
-Chicago Expo. Dennis Rosenthal Fine Art Gallery, United States
Latinamerican Art Perspective 1950-2012. Imperial Museum, Forbidden City, Beijín, China 
2012
Contemporary Art Fair. PINTA, New York. United States 
Cities of the world. Barbican Art Center, London, United Kingdom
Beyond the frame. Contemporary Cuban Art, Gallery 27, The Lighthouse, Glasgow and London, United Kingdom 
Contemporary Cuban Art in Brussels, BNP Paribas-Fortis, Belgium. 
HB, Cuban Contemporary Art. Pabexpo, Havana, Cuba
Alive Ball, Gabriel García Márquez Cultural Center, Bogota, Colombia
2011
-Art Brussels, Contemporary Art Fair, Belgium   
2010
The other reality. A Cuban abstract art story. Fine Arts National Museum, Havana, Cuba
-Plastic Arts National Council, Visual Arts Development Center, Havana, Cuba
-ART Lisbon. Lisbon Congress Center, Portugal
-Art Brussels, Contemporary Art Fair, Belgium   
2009
HB Cuban Contemporary Art. Pabexpo, Havana, Cuba
-Art Shanghai, China
-Cuba Contemporary Art. Modern Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Confluencia Inside. Albuquerque Museum, New Mexico, United States 
-Contemporary Art Fair, 
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 
2008
Confluencia Inside. Cuban contemporary art. Zapopan Art Museum, Guadalajara, Mexico. 
CadalzoCamejo, Mena. Intemporel Gallery, Paris, France

2007
-East Africa Third Biennale, Dar er Salam, Tanzania 
-Show Off, Contemporary Art Fair, Paris, France
-From one and from another: current Cuban plastic arts. Country Club, Bogotá, Colombia
-Art auction. Los Angeles Latinamerican Arte Museum, United States
-Contemporary Cuban graphic art. Mexico DF city council, Mexico 
-Havanart a Québec, Le lieu, Centro en arte actuel, Québec, Canada
-Abstractus Tremens. Habana Gallery, Havana, Cuba
-CIRCA. Contemporary Art International Fair, Espacio.304 Gallery, Puerto Rico. 
Onze artistes Cubains. Le Manoir Cultural Center, Cologny, Switzerland.
-ARCO International Art Fair, with Habana Gallery. Madrid, Spain. 
-Energy devouring monsters. Casa Américas, Madrid, Spain, and Gran Palais, Paris France. 
-10 years MonteBarreto and the art
. Miramar Trade Center, Havana, Cuba 
11 abstract painters. La Acacia Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
-Cuba Nature and Landscape. UNEAC’s Villena Room, Havana, Cuba
2006
Four painters onboard. De la Luz Gallery, Merida, Mexico. 
-Habana Auction, Habana Gallery, Havana, Cuba
Confluencias Inside, contemporary Cuban art. Clavijero Place, Morelia Michoacán, Mexico, José Luis Cuevas Museum, Mexico DF and Toluca Modern Art Museum, Mexico Toluca.
Ici et maintenantIntemporel Gallery, Paris, France
-Subasta On-Line. La Acacia Gallery, Havana, Cuba
-Cuban Contemporary Art Exhibition. Planet Discovery Hall, Beirut, Lebanon
-With the hands on the silk. Art Provincial Gallery Center, Villa Clara 
-I Latinamerican Art Auction. Fernando Duran House, Madrid, Spain
-Abstractions. Eduardo Abela Plastic Arts Provincial Art Center, San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba
Instruction Manual. CENCREM, 9th Havana’s Biennale collateral exhibition, Havana, Cuba    
-Cuban Engravers. General National File. Buenos Aires, Argentina 
2005: 
Neuf Peintres Contemporains Cubains. Monte-Carlo, Monaco
-Art Forum. Berlin International Art Fair, Berlin Germany
-Cuban Art, Espacios Gallery, Madrid, Spain
-Art Toronto, Toronto International Art Fair, Canada
-Havana Auction. Habana Gallery, Havana, Cuba
-V Anniversary of La Siempre Habana Workshp. Lam House, Mexico DF, Mexico
Date with angels. Informatics Sciences University and Jose Martí Memorial, Havana, Cuba 
2004
-ARCO, Contemporary Art International Fair, Madrid, Spain 
-Art Toronto, Toronto International Art Fair, Canada
-Art Cologne, Colonia International Art Fair, Germany
-Havana Auction, Rum Museum, Havana Club Foundation, Havana, Cuba
-Abstract May, Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center, Havana, Cuba 
When is about abstraction (with Julia Valdés and Jo Ann Rothschild). Oriente Gallery, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Four decades before the mirror. Great Arch of the Defense, Paris, France 
2003
 
Three artists, an abstraction. Rum ‘Havana Club’ Museum, La Habana
-Stamp 2003. With La Siempre Habana, Madrid, Spain. 
-12th Beneficent Auction, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, United States
2002
Colours of Cuba, Royal Commonwealth Society, London. Rolling Gallery Project. Art for everyone, International Press Centre, Havana.
-Imaginations Cubaines. San Martin.
-Rolling Gallery Project, Art for everyone. International Press Center. Havana, Cuba
2001
-Homage to the youth… (Homenaje de la joven…), Tlalpan Culture House, Mexico, D.F., México
-Cuban Painting today, Borda Garden, Cuernavaca / Nacional Lottery for Public assistance, Mexico, D.F., Mexico 
-2nd Salon of Erotic Art, La Acacia Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
Cuban Painting, Gulliver Gallery, Friburgo, Switzerland.
¡Viva Cuba! Christian Zéller Fine Arts, Berne, Switzerland.
-Cuba, Cuba II. Space 12 Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, United States.
2000
-Tone to Tone. Abstract Art Exhibition, Solidaridad Salon, Hotel Havana Libre Tryp, Havana, Cuba.
-Take 15, ICAIC Cultural Centre, Havana Cuba, 
1999
-New Cuban Paintings, Christian Zeller Fine Arts, Berne, Switzerland.
1998
Kuba 1998. Exhibition of Contemporary Cuban Art, Contemporary Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland.
The island of dreams, Christian Zeller Fine Arts, Bern, Switzerland.
1995
-1st Salon of Contemporary Cuban Art, National Museum of Fine Art, Havana.
Cuban Graphic in Belgium, Galerie Objet Trouvé, Gent, Belgium.
-Aché, San Miguel de Allende Historical Museum / Leon City Museum / Tepic City Council, Nayarit, Mexico.
1994
Save yourselves those who can (Sálvese quien pueda),  GaleriaHabana, Havana, Cuba.
1993
-With your own hands, Experimental Graphics Workshop, Havana, Cuba.
Those who are there, Domingo Ravenet Art Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
-93 Print Meeting, Provincial Centre of Plastic Arts and Design, Havana, Cuba.
-13th March Salon, L Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
-5th Small Format Salon, L Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
Variations, Colonial Museum of Art, Havana, Cuba.

Collections
-Fine Arts National Museum, Havana, Cuba.
-Museum of Latinamerican Art of Los Angeles (MOLAA), CA,U.S.A.
-Connecticut State University,US.A.

-North Carolina Art Museum,NC,U.S.A.

Jan Michalski Foundation,Montricher,Switzerland.
-Le lieu Centro en Art Actuel, Québec, Canada 
-Ceiba Management ltd Trade Center, Havana, Cuba 
-Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center. Havana, Cuba
-Plastic Arts National Conceil of Cuba
-Coral Financial Capital, London, United Kingdom.

-Asiaciti Trust Singapore Pde LTD,Singapore.
-Daniel y Estrellita Brodsky. New York,U.S.A.
-Ella Cisneros. Havana, Cuba
-Jean Pierre Pastor, Monaco 
-Carlos Bardeau, Canarias Islands, Spain.
-Stephen Mindich and María López. Boston,U.S.A.
-Carol Randolph and Robert Kaplan, La Jolla, San Diego,U.S.A.
-García Arce-Alvares del Castillo family, Mexico DF, Mexico
-Norbert P.J. Flash, Friburgo, Germany
-Dieter Stassen, Berlin, Germany
-Gail von Bergen-Ryan, London, U.K.
-Kolm Kelegher. New York, U.S.A.

-Luciano Mendes,Spain.