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Born in Havana, Cuba (1929)

Antonia Eiríz was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1929, and died in Miami, FL, in 1995. She studied at San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba. She is considered one of the founders of Abstract Expressionism in Cuba for her participation in the group Los Once (1953-1955). She was very active in the island’s artistic scene in the 1960s, and exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. She represented Cuba in prestigious events such as the Sao Paulo Biennial (1961 and 1963) and she received several awards including the Alejo Carpentier Medal and the Felix Varela Medal, Ministry of Culture, Cuba (1989 and 1993). After retiring in the 1980s, she became a mythic figure. She moved to Miami in 1993 were she resumed her artistic career for a short period of time. She was honored posthumously at the exhibition Antonia Eiríz: Tribute to a Legend, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL (1995).