About the Artist
Alfredo Manzo Cedeño has exhibited his works to popular acclaim in both Cuba and the United States.
Born in Havana in 1964, he studied at the Academia San Alejandro to become a teacher. Initially, he was interested in printmaking and painting; but he has since made a name for himself with his witty and whimsical papier-mâché figures.
In his work Manzo has always questioned the artificial division between "high" and "low" art, a philosophical theme that is clearly apparent in his Cuba's Soup series of serigraphs shown here — they are not just an homage to Warhol, but also a satirical commentary on the state of relations between Cuba and the U.S.
According to Marilyn Zeitlin, Director of the Arizona State University Art Museum, his work speaks to both countries, since it draws from both Cuban and American cultural and political heritages. "Like many Cuban artists," Zeitlin says, "Manzo can tease both the Cuban and American clichés to render something new. He does so with astonishing craftsmanship, intelligence, wit and great élan."