Roel Caboverde Yacer

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Roel Caboverde Yacer, a native of Baracoa, Cuba, lived in this seaside town until he was eight. Then his family moved inland to seek work. Baracoa, and the subsequent places that he lived, impressed Caboverde and influenced his art as have his experiences as a cane cutter and a fisherman. Caboverde’s powerful paintings unequivocally portray moments in the life of the working man. His themes reflect the traditional Cuban occupations of fisherman, farmer and cane cutter, both at work and at leisure. His paintings depict not only the hard work in the cane fields, coffee plantations and fishing boats but also the leisure time activities of music, dice games and romance. Caboverde tells us that he is a man in love with life and with women.
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Prices are for giclee on canvas.

 

 

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Café Scene 19×16 Oil on Canvas -Available

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“Recolectores de Café” 22×17 Oil on Canvas -Available

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“Enamorada” 22×35 Oil on Canvas -Available

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“Negra con Guitara” 37×28 Oil on Canvas -Available

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“Astillero” 58×38 Oil on Canvas  -Available

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“Macheteros” 7×30 Oil on Canvas -SOLD

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“Hurricane” 72”x49” SOLD

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“Pescadores” 15”x18” O/C AVAILABLE

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Untitled 17”x13” O/C AVAILABLE

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“Pescadores” 27”x31” O/C SOLD

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“Cañeros” 17”x13” O/C AVAILABLE

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Milicias Campesina” 27”x44” O/C AVAILABLE

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His exuberance is reflected in his strong palette and his expressionistic figures with their drawn-out faces and exaggerated hands and feet. The strong colors add emotion and the Cubistic multiple viewpoints can be seen in his renderings of faces. Frequently, the subject’s head and hands will be the focal points and will be distorted and exaggerated, giving emotional power and presence to the work.
The campesinos Caboverde portrays are strong men and women with square shoulders and powerful bodies. Their protuberant eyes and down-turned mouths evoke the daily hardship of their lives even when they are at play.
Caboverde is influenced by the Ecuadorian painter Oswaldo Guayasamín. He says,” Guayasamín! Every time I see one of his pieces, I feel something incredible and I keep in memory the incredible things that he did. Those hands and feet! Of course, I try to reflect that in my own way and in every painting, I accentuate the hands and feet. For me, the hands are the symbol of Cuban identity because they have given us our freedom. If you can’t accomplish anything with your hands or through your work and your own efforts, then you’re nobody. You haven’t proved anything. Hands are fundamental to the body’s beauty.”
Caboverde not only paints the common worker, the fisherman and the cane cutter, he also paints the love of a woman, a love that goes beyond any figure or geometry. He paints about romance and the enchantment that a woman provides which he feels gives him strength to live.
Caboverde has three sons and a daughter who are the lights of his life. He says that his family is the most beautiful thing that he has and that without love he cannot paint. “The painter who does not have a muse can’t think of himself as a painter. These are my follies as a painter; I paint about my own life.”
As with many of the Oriente artists, sugar cane plays a powerful role in Caboverde’s art. He says, “When I was fourteen, I was already cutting cane. I had to work eight to ten hours a day. Right there I learned what a cane field was all about and I learned the strength you need to get the juice out of sugarcane. There is not only beauty but also great effort in the cane cutter’s work. You have to be strong to keep going alongside the other cane cutters, striving to cut more than the other teams, even if it’s only by one pile of sugarcane. I cut cane and it made me happy because I worked for my country and my people, but when I paint the cane, I transform it; I paint it blue, red and in a thousand different ways. I paint the men in the cane fields as happy and sweaty, and I paint women and love in the cane field rows. The cane field is a world within itself; sugarcane has a beautiful poetry all its own. Anyone who hasn’t been there, who hasn’t cut cane, can’t possibly know what it’s like. This is what I try to show in my works.”
Currently Caboverde, a graduate of Guantánamo’s School of Fine Art, lives in Baracoa and teaches art at the Municipal Cultural Center.

Roel Caboverde Yacer – Biografía
Nace en Baracoa el 20 de Noviembre de 1947, hijo de Balvino Caboverde y Hermelina Yácer Ortiz, ambos de procedencia campesina. Aquí transita los primeros años de su vida en estrecha vinculación con los vecinos del lugar. Cursa sus primeros estudios en una escuela pública.
Posteriormente se traslada a Moa, donde continúa sus estudios y tiene ya inclinación marcada por la pintura, a la que dedica gran parte de su tiempo. En sus inicios realiza básicamente paisajes y rótulos. De adolescente comienza a sentir atracción por la pesca, haciéndose pescador deportivo, actividad que aún realiza por placer los fines de semana.
Al alcanzar la edad laboral comienza a trabajar como diseñador gráfico en un taller de pintura, compartiendo su tiempo libre entre la pintura artística y la pesca, lo que le permite acumular determinado número de cuadros en su estudio.
En el año 1970 comienza a destacarse por sus creaciones artísticas, efectuando su primera exposición personal en Moa. A partir de aquí continúa su obra, permaneciendo en la línea de paisajes, reflejando siempre el entorno que lo rodea.
En el año 1983, viviendo de nuevo en Baracoa, comienza a estudiar artes plásticas en la Escuela de Artes de Guántanamo, alcanzando el nivel de Instructor de Artes Plásticas, pues hasta entonces había trabajado de manera autodidacta; esto le permite encontrarse a sí mismo y darle a su pintura un estilo propio, comenzando una etapa de desarrollo de su obra plástica y de perfeccionamiento, reflejando en la misma sus viviencias infantiles y de adolescente con el campesinado cubano y la actividad pesquera, las que dejaron huellas en él que ahora expresa en sus pinturas.
En la actualidad su pintura se caracteriza por un neocubismo o deformación de la figura humana, reflejando en ella la vida cotidiana, entre lo que se destaca la pesca, la actividad del cañero y el amor, dándole viveza a las mismas mediante una particular combinación de colores que imprimen a su pintura la fortaleza característica.
Ha participado en los siguientes salones:

* 1975 Sala Teatro José Martí
* 1982 Salón Primero de Abril
* 1984 Evento Plástica Nacional
* 1985 Encuentro Nacional de Artes Plásticas
* 1987 Salón Personal Moa
* 1989 Muestra Internacional
* 1995 Salón Colectivo Moa
* 1997 Salón Primero de Abril
* 1997 Romerías de Mayo (Holguín)
* 1998 Salón Pubillones (provincial)
* 1998 Muestra Personal España
* 1999 Muestra Personal EEUU
* 1999 Festival Internacional del Caribe “Fiesta del Fuego” (Santiago de Cuba)
* 2000 Muestra Personal en Francia
* 2003-2004 Meridian International Center, Washington, D.C.
* 2003-2004 Lighthouse Center for the Arts, Tequesta, Florida

Sus cuadros recorren distintos países como España, Estados Unidos, República Dominicana, Alemania, Suecia, Francia, Portugal y Holanda, entre otros.
Como resultado del creciente reconocimiento de su trabajo, en 1999 se montó una exhibición unipersonal en España, seguido en 2000 por muestras en Paris, Francia, y Asheville, Carolina del Norte (EEUU).
A partir del año 1987 trabaja como Profesor de Artes Plásticas en la Casa de Cultura Municipal de Baracoa, donde enseña la técnica de las artes plásticas a niños, jóvenes y adultos.