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Abel Perez Mainegra

About the Artist

Abel Perez Mainegra with painting of José Marti. Trinidad, March, 2000.
Abel Perez Mainegra with painting of José Marti. Trinidad, March, 2000.
Abel Perez Mainegra with painting of Fidel and Che.  Trinidad, Cubam, August 2001 (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2001).
Abel Perez Mainegra with painting of Fidel and Che. Trinidad, Cubam, August 2001 (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2001).
Abel Perez Mainegra and granddaughter with painting of Fidel and Che.  Trinidad, Cubam, August 2001 (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2001).
Abel Perez Mainegra and granddaughter with painting of Fidel and Che. Trinidad, Cubam, August 2001 (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2001).
Abel Perez Mainegra (with daughter) and painting of George Bush. Trinidad, November, 2001  (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2001).
Abel Perez Mainegra (with daughter) and painting of George Bush. Trinidad, November, 2001 (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2001).

Abel Perez Mainegra lived in the colonial city of Trinidad, Cuba. He was born in a nearby town of Condado in about 1929. He said that his father was French, from the border region between France and Spain. In 1986 Abel was working as a photographic technician for a restoration team. “One day I saw a rustic little house with its thatched roof made of palm leaves, which impressed me very much. I decided to draw it and I made a good impression with my drawing. From that time forth… I devoted myself to painting.”

An entirely self-taught painter, Abelito Perez Mainegra painted scenes of the history of his historic town of Trinidad, and of the Cuban nation. He was also known for portraits of historical and religious figures, such as Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Jose Marti, George W. Bush and Jesus Christ. “My inspiration comes from my dreams and the things I know. I am a devout Christian. I respect the Santeria because there are many santeros… Only God knows how to unravel that mystery.”

His work has been exhibited in Barcelona, Mexico, New York and Philadelphia, as well as in his native Cuba. We learned from his family that Abel passed away in 2011.

(Quotations and some biography courtesy of Gerald Mouial, in his 2004 book Magic Art in Cuba,)

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Abel Perez Mainegra
SKU: Mainegra-2

Tempera on paper
(13x9), 2000

$450 framed

La Ultima Cena
SKU: APM-0302

Abel Perez Mainegra (Trinidad, Cuba)
Tempera on canvas (16 x 19 1/2), 2003

 

$495

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José Marti Perez el Apostol
SKU: APM-0304

Abel Perez Mainegra (Trinidad, Cuba)
Tempera on paper (14 x 9), 7/25/2002

 

$250

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Nuestro Senor Jesu Cristo
SKU: APM-0005

 Abel Perez Mainegra (Trinidad, Cuba)
Tempera on paper (13 x 9), 2000

$225 (framed)

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SKU: APM-0102

Abel Perez Mainegra (Trinidad, Cuba)
Tempera on canvas (12 x 13 1/2), 2001
 

$185

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La Gata en Busca de Amor
SKU: APM-0003

Abel Perez Mainegra (Trinidad, Cuba)
Tempera on paper (13x10), 1999
 

$125

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Comante Ernesto Che Guevara El Guerillero Heroico
SKU: APM-0106

Abel Perez Mainegra (Trinidad, Cuba)
Tempera on paper (14x12), 10/3/1999

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Ernesto "Che" Guevara
SKU: APM-0306

Abel Perez Mainegra (Trinidad, Cuba)
Tempera on paper (13 x 8 3/412), 2002

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Abel Perez Mainegra (Trinidad, Cuba)
Tempera on paper (13 x 11), 3/5/2000

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