Lázaro Saavedra receives National
Visual Arts Award 2014
Lázaro Saavedra (Havana, 1964) received the National
Visual Arts Award 2014, in recognition of his
artistic career and the value of his work,
characterized by conceptualism and his treatment of
humor and irony. A member of PURE, one of the
creative collectives which led the artistic movement
of the 1980’s in Cuba, Saavedra has, for more than
three decades, developed a versatile style given his
use of different modes of expression.
His works are renowned both in Cuba and aboard, and
he has had an enduring teaching career, training
several generations of Cuban students.
The judging panel, presided by Eduardo Ponjuán,
winner of the National Visual Arts Award 2013, also
included other National Visual Arts Award winners:
Osneldo García, Pedro Pablo Oliva, René de la Nuez,
José Villa, Nelson Domínguez, Ernesto Fernández
Nogueras y Ever Fonseca; los artistas Iván Capote,
Abel Barreto and Abel Barroso; Critics Choice Life
Works Award winner, Manuel López Oliva and art
critics, María de los Ángeles Pereira, David Mateo
and Axel Li.
Also nominated for the Award were: José Antonio
Choy, Lesbia Vent Dumois, Salvador Corratgé, Zaida
del Río, Roberto Salas, Juan Moreira, Pedro de Oráa,
José Manuel Fors, Alberto Lescay, Alexis Leyva
Machado (Kcho), Eduardo Roca (Choco), Manuel
Hernández Valdés, Rafael Zarza and Rocío García.