Born in Havana, Cuba, Carlos Quintana is a contemporary artist known for his expressive paintings which meld collective memory, fantasy, and personal symbolism. He studied painting at both the Academy of San Alejandro and the Institute of Design in his hometown.

Often featuring bald figures, Quintana’s work shifts between grotesqueness and beauty while exploring the formal properties of paint. Exhibiting in Cuba since the early 1990s, the artist has gone on to show in Mexico, Spain and the US. He currently lives and works in Madrid, Spain.

Quintana’s premiere New York City exhibition was held at the National Arts Club in 2015. In addition to NAC, his works are held in the collections of the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, the National Museum of Fine Art in Havana and the Gary Nader Collection in Miami, among others.


  • Title: Men Walking on the Ocean
  • Creator: Carlos Quintana
  • Date Created: 2015
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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