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Carlos M. Luis Papers, 1986-1989 | University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection

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ID: CHC5363

Creator: Luis, Carlos M. (1932-2013)

Extent: 6.0 Boxes

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian


The Carlos M. Luis papers contain the personal papers of Carlos M. Luis (1932-2013), a Cuban artist and director of the Cuban Museum of Art and Culture in Miami.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Carlos M. Luis papers contain the personal papers of Carlos M. Luis (1932-2013), a Cuban artist and director of the Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture in Miami.

The collection includes correspondence and clippings related to Luis' art and his leadership of the Museum. It also contains meeting minutes of the Cuban Museum board of directors, exhibit lists, and documents related to special events.

Biographical Note

Carlos M. Luis (1932-2013) was Cuban-born writer, art critic, and curator active in the Cuban art scene both on the island and in exile.

During the 1940s and 1950s, Luis was a notable figure of the Cuban art world, collaborating with contemporaries such as Jorge Camacho. His later works in exile are characterized by abstract paintings, often incorporating text into his pieces.

He left Cuba in 1962 and settled in New York where he worked at the publishing house Doubleday and founded Exilio magazine with Cuban artists and writers Julián Orbón, Alfredo Lozano, Jesse Fernández, and Eugenio Florit. Luis moved to Miami in 1974, founding the Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture and serving as its director until the museum’s closure in 1999.

Luis authored a book on Cuban culture and art, El oficio de la mirada (Ediciones Universal, 1998), and wrote extensively on surrealism. As an artist and visual poet he exhibited his work in a number of galleries around the country and world. He has taught courses and given lectures on a variety of subjects including renaissance, Cuban and contemporary art, cultural studies, socialism, avant-garde, surrealism, and philosophy.

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Art, Cuban - 20th century
Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture (Miami, Florida)

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Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Requests to publish or display materials from this collection require written permission from the rights owner.  Please, contact for more information.

Acquisition Method: Gift of Marta Martínez, January and June 2014.

Related Materials: Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture Records For more information please see

Preferred Citation: Carlos M. Luis Papers, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Processing Information: Collection-level record added by Fernando Espino, March 2014.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised by Natalie Baur, March 2014. Biographical Note updated by Amanda Moreno, April 2014.

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