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José Luis Zayas-Bazán (b.1964) 

MIami, Florida.


José Luis Zayas-Bazán was born in Miami, son of exiled Camagüeyans from Cuba. His first painting studies were carried out with Professor Mercedes (Mérchu) Álvarez. In his adolescence he had the distinction of being selected by the renowned Cuban painter Bertha Randín, to continue his training as a painter under her patronage. He studied at Miami Dade College, and later at the University of Miami (UM). His art has allowed him to move his creativity in branches as diverse as book illustrations, commercial designs, oil paintings, and for fifteen years in advertising where he worked for the prestigious firm Beber & Silvertein. Later, Zayas-Bazán's held the position of custom card designer (high end) for weddings, Bar Mitsvahs, name days, Christmas, etc., for the firm Arleen Siegel Designs. Currently, he spends most of his time doing special requests and occasionally designs assorted invitations for the Winstead firm. Many of Zayas-Bazán's compositions could be defined as Cuban costumbrista painting, in which he portrays typical Creole characters. Delineating among others the figure of the mulata and the guajiro, in a very own style and full of folkloric and rural nuances of our island. The color and luminosity that he gives to his work project sweetness and placidity at the same time and connect us with the Cuba of yesterday. 

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