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Luis, Carlos M. (1932-2013) | University of Miami Finding Aids

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

Historical 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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