About the Artist
"Fredy Villamil composes atmospheres extracted from devotion, love, despair and joy. His work is strong in structure and design and he easily expresses himself with his use of color. Just this is enough to express the most varied human feelings. In fact, he has created his own new language in art."
Born in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba,1980. Fredy Villamil has become one of the most important representatives of Cuban arts today. His father was a noted painter in Cuba so Fredy learned technique vicariously from his fathers studio which was filled with the best painters in Cuba at the time. As a young adult he rebelled against the traditional style surrounding him and became a political cartoonist, often reflecting the injustices he witnessed in Cuba. As he matured he began to combine the traditional techniques with this medium creating a style that is uniquely his. He was invited to display his work at several international art venues and in 2010, while exhibiting in Mexico he defected to the US. His new circumstances took his work to another dimension, newly motivated by nostalgia and reflection.
Fredy became a US citizen in 2016 and while helping his mother acquire her citizenship he had an outpouring of love for the US, which resulted in his American flag series. Throughout his career his artwork has evolved through several series which he revisits often. Most recently his work has undergone an explosion of celebration and joy reflected in the palette and composition.
He has had over 25 solo exhibitions and 63 collective in Cuba and abroad. His work has been exhibited in Mexico, USA, Turkey, Costa Rica, Iran, China, Japan, Azerbaijan, gaining 26 international awards and 23 national awards, including the Special Prize awarded by the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba for all of his work. Most recently Fredy had his first museum show at the 2019 International Biennale of Barcelona and received the prestigious Palm Art Award for 2020.
AWARDS AND EXHIBITIONS
2002-2010 ● Honorable Mention. International Event, Festival of International Economics, Trento (Italy) ● Prize: False Mirror Gallery. XII International Graphic Humor Event Zielona Gora Poland HONORABLE MENTION 2010 ● 2 P.C. Memorial International at Web Cartoon Rath Contest -2010 Bolangir, India ● III Place: Bronze Medal. 3rd "Molla Nasreddin-Azerbaijan 2010" International Cartoon Contest. ● First Prize in Political Satire IV Magazine "NOSOROG" Graphic Humor 2010 Special Event in Cartoon International Mention RS EUROPE BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA. ● 1st Award in Cartoon to work without title. XI National Exhibition of humor and satire. 2010 Museum of Humor San Antonio de los Banos / HAVANA, CUBA. ● Mention of the cartoon-YELLOW HOUSE IN VINCENTMENCIÓN political satire. ● The 3rd Price Competition VINCENT IN COFFEE NIGHT (Web Exhibition) of a strip. ● Cartoons, Comics and Short Paracin, SERBIA, IV KIKS Zikison 2009 ● Special Recognition in The First International Cartoon Contest: What are your three most dangerous questions? 2009. First Mexico Award in Painting. ● EVENT "reflection of a city," San Antonio de los Baños, Havana, September 25, 2009 ● Honorable Mention. UMO - 5 contest'09 of international graphic humor. India ● First Prize in the category of Humor General. V International Exhibition Limeira September/2009, Brasil. ● Award in Graphic Humor. National Hall "Coven," July 9, 2009, Ciudad de La Habana. ● XVI International Biennial of Graphic Humor, 2009 MUSEUM OF HUMOR / San Antonio de los Banos / HAVANA CUBA. ● Joint Award given by the-works UNEAC. Award "Palmares" to work: “Control of the Ball” ● 2nd place in photography to work: Cross First Prize in fiction and political satire work: S / T. I National Exhibition "The Loquito" San Antonio de los Baños, Havana, Cuba, General Humor septiembre/2008. ● Mention in the work: The Dance Prize in Graphic Humor Exhibition ● Honorable Mention National Coven. Havana, Cuba, Julio/2008.X National Exhibition of Graphic Humor. San Antonio de los Baños, Havana, Cuba, the weekly abril/2008. ● Prize Palante the Joint Political Humor works General Humor Mention to work: S / T.XIX National Exhibition of Personal Caricature of John David. Humor Museum , San Antonio de los Baños. Havana, Cuba, December/2008. ● Mention of the work: S. Prize Freud. Third illustration work: S / T. Cucalambeana Day. Havana, February/2006. ● Prize (AHS) in Humor General to work: in memoriam Villamil XV International Biennial of Humor. San Antonio de los Baños, Havana, Cuba, 2007. Minor in Political Humor at work: Covenant of the Joint order. ● Mention works Mirta Cerra Room XVII. UNEAC headquarters, Bejucal, Havana, Cuba, 2007. ● Recognition as a cartoonist. International Tourism Fair. Morro-Cabaña Complex. Havana, Cuba. ● Prize to work: The willow in the Tenth Day canal.2003 Illustrated. Havana, the Joint Cuba ● Mention works. IX National Hall of Humor and Satire, Humor Museum, San Antonio de los Baños. Havana, Cuba, Joint Special 2006. ● Mention works: Defense and shouted to the Paz. IV Hall January 28, 2006, Cattle Art Center, Havana, Cuba ● Award of work: S / T.Jornada of the Tenth Illustrated. Havana, Cuba ● 3rd Award for work: Dad. Award "fifteen" to work: Dad. XVII National Cartoon Loung Personal Juan David. San Antonio de los Baños, Havana, Cuba, diciembre/2006. ● Prize to work: The Tenth Day of Canal Illustrated. Havana, Cuba, 2004. ● Prize painting to work: S / T. Provincial Exhibition II Instructors. La Burrow, Havana, Cuba, 2002. ● 1st Award to work: S / Popular Art Fair Quivicán, Havana, Cuba, 2002. ● Recognition Ariguanabense. By Culture Week to be a representative figure of the culture of the region, for their input and keep alive the historical memory. San Antonio de los Baños, Havana, performing stenography in the theater of San Antonio de los Baños. Havana, Cuba ● Recognition CubaCarta Music Festival VI Cine Casino San Antonio de los Baños. Havana, Cuba ● Recognition of Cuban Cultural Fund subsidiary granted the Havana Province to Fredy Villamil Presented by works in my Havana VI elegant room. 2011- Present ● 2011 Personal Exhibition at Steinhausen Gallery ● 2011 Main Street ExhibitionAriguanabo ● 2011 Award Cartoon Iran ● 2012 Certificate of Merit 2012 Paint me Miami art ● 2012 Museum Coral Gables Collective Show ● 2012 Art Basel Spectrum ● 2013 Keila Mailander's Dream Exhibition Center of Art ● 2013 Carteles Miami Award ● 2013 Art Basel Spectrum ● 2014 Exhibition Frontal Profiles Milander Center ● 2014 Art Basel Spectrum ● 2015 Paintings in the Garden of the Arts Hialeah ● 2015 Art Bassel ● 2016 Expressions Milander Center ● 2016 Black and White Milander Center ● 2016-2017 Mural in the library JF Kennedy ● 2017 Personal exhibition Onessimo fine art ● 2018 Work donated to the Museum 9/11 ● 2018 Palm Award Germany Award ● 2018 Art Basel Scope with Onessimo Fine Art ● 2019 Launch of the art book Fredy Villamil ● 2019 Exhibition 3rd Biennial of Art of Barcelona Museum of Modern art. ● 2019 Asian Art Olympic, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum ● 2019 Saō Paulo Felix Gonzales Torres Card-Stock Artistic Presentation.
Artistic Vocational Training EVA Institution, Havana, Cuba, 2002-2004 • Learned the elements of art such as line, composition, color, form, shape, space, texture, and value. • Received training from leading Cuban painters who propelled the art movement in Havana. Art Instructor Formal Education La Quinta de los Molines, Havana, Cuba, 2004-2005 • Taught the elements of plastic art in the modern art movement. • Influenced by cubist and surrealist movements through formal teaching of art history.
• 2019 Saō Paulo Felix Gonzales Torres CardStock Artistic Presentation • 2019 Asian Art Olympic, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum • 2019 Exhibition 3rd Biennial of Art of Barcelona Museum of Modern art. • 2019 Launch of the art book Fredy Villamil • 2018 Art Basel Scope with Onessimo Fine Art • 2017 Personal exhibition Onessimo fine art • 2016-2017 Mural in the library JF Kennedy • 2016 Black and White Milander Center • 2016 Expressions Milander Center • 2015 Art Bassel • 2015 Paintings in the Garden of the Arts Hialeah • 2014 Art Basel Spectrum • 2014 Exhibition Frontal Profiles Milander Center • 2013 Art Basel Spectrum • 2013 Carteles Miami Award • 2013 Keila Milander's Dream Exhibition Center of Art • 2012 Art Basel Spectrum • 2012 Museum Coral Gables Collective Show • 2011 Main Street Exhibition- Ariguanabo • 2011 Personal Exhibition at Steinhausen Gallery • XI National Exhibition of humor and satire. 2010 Museum of Humor San Antonio de los Banos / HAVANA, CUBA. • Recognition of Cuban Cultural Fund subsidiary granted the Havana Province to Fredy Villamil Presented by works in my Havana VI elegant room. • National Exhibition of Graphic Humor. San Antonio de los Baños, Havana, Cuba, the weekly abril/2008. • Recognition CubaCarta Music Festival VI Cine Casino San Antonio de los Baños. Havana, Cuba • Mention works: Defense and shouted to the Paz. IV Hall January 28, 2006, Cattle Art Center, Havana, Cuba • Mention works. IX National Hall of Humor and Satire, Humor Museum, San Antonio de los Baños. Havana, Cuba, Joint Special 2006.