Raúl Cordero Cuban, b. 1971

1971 Born in La Habana, Cuba.

Lives and works in Mexico City.


Working with the traditions of figurative and geometrical abstract painting, as well those of text-based conceptual art, Raúl Cordero (Havana, 1971) has created a unique language in which he incorporates his expansive knowledge of art history in layers of literary, philosophical, and pop culture references. In his work, distortion and blurriness combine with hard-edge figures to, along with his technical proficiency, speak about the human experience in our hastened postmodern context.


Born in Cuba, where he studied art before continuing his education in Europe, Cordero has shaped his artistic outlook in a very distinct way from what is usually known as “Cuban art”. His interests have always been more philosophical and worldwide oriented. Each of Raúl Cordero´s works are a dissection of today´s way of living and thinking, a portrayal of the transit towards an information-based kind of human existence.


Musée National D´Art Moderne Centre Pompidou, Paris, France / Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Habana, Cuba / Centro Wifredo Lam. La Habana, Cuba. / Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. / Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. / Columbus Museum of Arts, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. / Museum of  Art. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. U.S.A. / DAROS Latinoamérica Collection, Zürich, Suiza. / 21C Art Museum. Kentucky, Illinois, U.S.A. / Museum for Contemporary Art. San Diego, California, U.S.A. / Museum of Latin American Art. MOLAA, California, U.S.A. / Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Holland. / Neuberger Berman, New York, U.S.A. / Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (SMAK), Gent, Belgium. / Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno. Palmas de Gran Canaria. Spain.  University of Central Florida Library Collection, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. / Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo (MEIAC), Spain. / The Pizzuti Collection. Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. / The Vanmoerkerke Collection. Oostende, Belgium / Consejo Nacional de Artes Plásticas. La Habana, Cuba. / Pérez Art Museum. Miami, Florida, U.S.A.


Studied at the Academia San Alejandro and the Instituto Superior de Diseño, in Havana, Cuba; The Graphic Media Development Centre and the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, in The Nederlands. Has taught as visiting professor at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), in Havana, Cuba; at the San Francisco Art Institute, in San Francisco, California and at The Art Academy of Cincinnati, Ohio, in the United States of America.