Eduardo Ponjuán, born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, in 1956, graduated from the Escuela Provincial de Arte, Holguin in 1978, from the Escuela Nacional de Arte, Havana in 1982, and the Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana in 1983.
Hailed as one of the most prominent and important figures of the Cuban art scene since the 80’s onwards, Ponjuán’s vast range of work is closely intertwined with that of René Francisco Rodriguez.
During his time collaborating with René Francisco, Ponjuán’s art focused primarily on drawing and graphics than any other form of expression.
However, it grew to include a wide range of other mediums, sculpture becoming the most important aspect of his work, often as a relief in combination with painting.
One of the characteristics of Ponjuán’s work is the constant reference to everyday life. His art, loaded with philosophical, literary, artistic and historical references, often deals with the environments in which they were drawn.
Through his work with installations and sculptures, Ponjuán has tried to rework the concept of the frame and tests our perceptions of beauty.
Ponjuán has not been afraid to confront political tensions through his work, suffering a certain degree of censorship in his work from the Cuban government, despite the suppression of more contentious images, his exhibitions have always opened and have been acclaimed by critics and public alike. Being such a critical character in the Cuban art scene, Ponjuán’s work can be found globally in Biennials and public and private collections alike.