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Orishas Collection, 1980-1990 | University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection

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Title: Orishas Collection, 1980-1990Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: CHC5010

Creator: Pozo, Alberto del (1945-1992)

Extent: 17.0 Items

Formats/Genres: Catalogs, Drawings

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Orichas Collection consists of the series of drawings by Cuban-born artist Alberto del Pozo (1946-1992) of the deities of Afro-Cuban Santería.  The Collection includes 17 original framed illustrations in pen, crayon, and ink on paper; signed and unsigned lithographs of these drawings; and catalogs and notecards of the Orichas series.  Lithographs, catalogs, and notecards are available for purchase.

Biographical Note

Visual artist Alberto del Pozo (1945-1992) was born in Santa Clara, Cuba.  With his parents, he was exiled to the United States in 1961.  He attended Coral Gables High School in Miami and Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.  From 1970 to 1975, he worked as a costume and set designer for Brooks Van Horn. Returning to Miami in 1976, he dedicated himself to his art.  Del Pozo died in Miami at age 46 in 1992.

Subject/Index Terms

Gods, Afro-Caribbean
Santeria - Cuba
Santeria in art
Yoruba (African people) - Cuba

Administrative Information

Acquisition Source: Gift of the Campilli Family, 1998.

Acquisition Method: The Campilli Family donated the Orichas Collection to the Cuban Heritage Collection in 1998 in memory of Carlos Campilli.

Original/Copies Note: Selected materials from this collection have been digitized. For more information please see

Preferred Citation: Orishas collection, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Other Note: An online exhibition of this collection is available at

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