PAUL SIERRA BIOGRAPHY



[ Solo Exhibitions | Group Exhibitions | Traveling Exhibitions | Collections | Awards | Bibliography ]

Born Havana, Cuba. Emigrated to the United States in 1961. Studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. Represented in Chicago by Oskar Friedl Gallery and Aldo Castillo Gallery; in Miami by J. Sori Gallery; in Sarasota by Corbino Gallery; in Los Angeles/Santa Monica by Robert Berman Gallery; and in Scottsdale and Tucson by Victoria Boyce Galleries.



SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2001
J. Sori Gallery (Coral Gables, FL), February
Oskar Friedl Gallery (Chicago, IL), May
Aldo Castillo Gallery (Chicago, IL), June
Victoria Boyce Gallery (Tucson, AZ), October
Robert Berman Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), November

2000
Corbino Gallery (Sarasota, FL), February
Lyons/Wier Gallery (Chicago, IL), March
Indiana University (Terre Haute, IN), March
Mitchell Museum of Art (Mt. Vernon, IL), September

1998
Corbino Gallery (Sarasota, FL), January
Latino Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA), May
Robert Berman Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), May
J. Sori Gallery (Miami, FL), October

1997
Lyons/Wier Gallery (Chicago, IL), October

1996
Corbino Gallery (Sarasota, FL), January
Robert Berman Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), January
Phyllis Kind Gallery (Chicago, IL), March
Gallery 72 (Omaha, NE), April
Eastwick Gallery (Chicago, IL), November

1995
Corbino Gallery (Sarasota, FL), February
Fred Snitzer Gallery (Miami, FL), March
Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN) June

1994
Kimberly Gallery (Washington, D.C.), April
University of South Dakota (Vermillion, S.D.), September
Buena Vista College Art Gallery (Storm Lake, IA), October
Gallery 72 (Omaha, NE), November
Frederic Snitzer Gallery (Miami/Coral Gables), December

1993
Frederic Snitzer Gallery (Miami/Coral Gables), February
Botello Gallery (San Juan), March
Corbino Gallery (Sarasota, FL), April
Phyllis Kind Gallery (Chicago, IL), October
Robert Berman Gallery (Los Angeles/Santa Monica, CA), November

1992
Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, IN), March
Gwenda Jay Gallery (Chicago, IL), April
Gallery 72 (Omaha, NE), May
LewAllen Gallery (Santa Fe, NM), September

1991
Gwenda Jay Gallery (Chicago, IL), January. See Publications for review by A. Argyropoulos.
Frederic Snitzer Gallery (Miami/Coral Gables), April. See Publications for review by E. Turner.
Louis Newman Galleries (Beverly Hills, CA), September



GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2001
Oskar Friedl Gallery (Chicago, IL), “Gallery Artists,” January

2000
Fort Wayne Museum of Art (Fort Wayne, IN), Biennial 2000. See Publications for review by C, Prezelus.
Okaloosa-Waltin College, (Florida), “Artists of Chicago,” October
National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque, NM), November

1998
Lyons/Wier Gallery (Chicago, IL), “Gallery Artists,” June
Pavillon de Vendome (Aix-en-Provence, France) “Loin de Cuba,” October

1997-1998
East Tennessee State Univ., “Latin American Artists,” Traveling Exhibition, Aug. ‘97-July ‘98
Ft. Lauderdale Museum, (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), Traveling Exhibition, Oct. ‘97-’99

1996-1997
Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), “Art In Chicago”, Nov. ‘96-March ‘97

1995
Phyllis Kind (Chicago, IL), “Gallery Artists,” June

1994
Marquette University (Michigan), "Latino Art," January
Museo del Barrio (New York, NY), "25th Anniversary Show," April
Phyllis Kind Gallery (Chicago, IL), July
Ft. Lauderdale Museum (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), "Cuban Artists in the 20th Century," December

1993
Phyllis Kind Gallery (Chicago, IL), March
369 Gallery (Edinburgh, Scotland), August
Sioux City Art Center (Sioux City, IA), September

1993
Bowling Green University (Bowling Green, OH), October
Quincy Art Center (Quincy, IL), November

1991
Gallery of Contemporary Art (Colorado Springs, CO), "Chicago Art Today," October
Frederic Snitzer Gallery (Coral Gables, FL), "They Would Rather Die," July 1991. An exhibition of art by Cuban exiles in the Untied States. Works included handmade rafts used by refugees (called balseros) to escape Cuba. Exhibition received Congressional Citation, July 23, 1991. See Publications for review by J.C. Coto.

1990
Scott Alan Gallery (New York, NY), 2-person show, March
Frederic Snitzer Gallery (Coral Gables, FL), June

1989
Maier Museum of Art, Randolph-Macon Woman's College (Lynchburg, VA), 78th Annual Exhibition: "Chicago," February-March
Gump's Gallery (San Francisco, CA), September-October

1988
Gwenda Jay Gallery (Chicago, IL), "Un/Natural Visions," April-June
Mexican Fine Arts Center (Chicago, IL), "¡Adivina! Expresiones Latinas de Chicago," April-July. See Donato and Garcia under Publications for catalog.
Illinois Bell in cooperation with Latino Arts Coalition (Chicago, IL), "Latino Expressions," June. See Laing and Bertoncini under Publications for catalog.
College of Lake Country (Grayslake, IL), "Highlights from the Collection," August-October
Illinois State Museum (Springfield, IL), Paintings, Drawings, and Sculptures from the Permanent Collection," September 1988-January 1989

1987
INTAR, Hispanic American Arts Center (New York, NY), "Religious Iconographies in Contemporary Hispanic Art," January-February
College of Lake Country (Grayslake, IL), "Nuestras Imágenes: Our Images," March
Nexus Foundation for Today's Art (Philadelphia, PA), "Art in Exile," July-August
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (continued)

1987
Gwenda Klein, Ltd. (Chicago, IL), "Past, Present, Future," September. See Publications for review by A. Obejas.

1986
Noyes Art Center (Evanston, IL), "¡Mira Chicago!," March-May
Museo de la Ciudad de México (Mexico City, Mexico), "Chicago Latino Artists," September
Mendenhall Gallery, Whittier College (Whittier, CA), "Vínculos" ("Connections"), October. See Stringer et al under Publications for catalog.

1985
Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery, University of Santa Cruz (CA), "Aquí," January-February. See Stringer et al under Publications for catalog.
Morton College Art Gallery (Cicero, IL), "An Exhibition of Drawings," January-February
David Adler Cultural Center (Libertyville, IL), "Open Spectrum," April-May
Miami-Dade Community. College South, S. Campus Art Gallery (Miami,FL), "American Artists of Cuban Origin," October-November
Beacon Street Gallery (Chicago, IL), "11th Annual Juried Show of Illinois Artists," December
Dittmar Gallery, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), "Two Views of Women," November-December



TRAVELING EXHIBITIONS

2000-2003
“Arte Latino: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum,” a traveling exhibition from the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Art.
El Paso Museum of Art (El Paso, TX), September-November, 2000
Orlando Museum of Art (Orlando, FL), December, 2000-February, 2001
The Columbus Museum (Columbus, GA), March-May, 2001
Palm Springs Desert Museum (Palm Springs, CA), February-April, 2002
Museum of Fine Arts (Santa Fe, NM), June-September, 2002
Oakland Museum of Art (Oakland, CA), November, 2002-January, 2003

1994
"Latino Art", Marquette University (Michigan), January 1994

1991-1992
"Chicano & Latino: Parallels and Divergences," an exhibition of painting, sculpture, and photography by Chicano and Latino artists.
Daniel Saxon Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), October 1991
El Paso Museum (El Paso, TX), February 1992
Kimberly Gallery (Washington, D.C.), April 1992
"Cuba/USA: The First Generation,” an exhibition of work by Cuban-born American artists. See Zuver et al under Publications for catalog.
Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), January-March 1991
Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center (Washington, D.C.), May-July 1991
Minnesota Museum of Art (St. Paul, MN), January 1992

1988-1989
"¡Mira! The Canadian Club Hispanic Art Tour 1988-1989." See Leval et al under Publications for catalog.
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, March-May 1988
Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX), June-July 1988
Bass Museum of Art (Miami, FL), September-October 1988
Terra Museum (Chicago, IL), December 1988-January 1989
Museo del Barrio (new York), March-April 1989

1987-1989
"Hispanic Art in the Untied States: Thirty Contemporary Painters and Sculptors," a group exhibition sponsored by the Corcoran Gallery of Art. See Beardsley and Livingston under Publications for catalog.
Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), May-July 1987
Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), October 1987-January 1988
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, April-June 1988
Museum of Fine Arts (Santa Fe, NM), July-October 1988
Los Angeles County Museum, February-April 1989
Brooklyn Museum, June-September 1989

1987-1988
"Outside Cuba," a group exhibition representing five generations of Cuban artists in exile sponsored by Rutgers University. See catalog listed under Publications below.
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ), May 1987
Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art (New York, NY), June-August 1987
Miami University (Oxford, OH), October-December 1987
Museo de Arte de Ponce (Ponce, Puerto Rico), April-June 1988
Center for the Fine Arts (Miami. FL), October-December 1988

1988
"Expresiones Hispanas," 1988 Coors National Hispanic Arts Exhibit and Tour. See Acosta et al under Publications for catalog.
Mexican Cultural Institute (San Antonio, TX, May-June 1988
Southwest Museum (Los Angeles, CA), July-September 1988
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities (Arvada, CO), October-November 1988



COLLECTIONS: LECTURES & VISITING ARTIST:

National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian, Washington D.C.
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Bowling Green University, Bowling Green, OH
Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL
Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, IA
Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame Univ., Notre Dame, IN
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Fort Lauderdale Museum, Fort Lauderdale, FL
University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE
Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL
University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
Latino Museum of Art & Culture, Los Angeles, CA
Butler Museum of Art, Youngstown, OH
Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown, OH
Museo del Barrio, New York, NY
Latino Museum of Art & Culture, Los Angeles, CA
Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso, IN
Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, IL
Anheuser-Busch Corporate Collection, St. Louis, MO
Arthur Andersen Corporate Collection, Chicago, IL
AT&T Corporate Collection, Chicago, IL
AT&T Corporate Collection, New York, NY
Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, IA
Cintas Collection, International University, Miami, FL
College of Lake Country, Grayslake, IL
Harold Washington Library, Chicago, IL
Kemper Group Corporate Collection, Long Grove, IL
Kirkland Gallery, Millikin University, Decatur, IL
McDonald's Corporation Fine Art Collection, Oakbrook, IL
W.M. Mercer, Inc., Chicago, IL
Rolli Foundation Museum, Montevideo, Uruguay



AWARDS

Grant, Illinois Arts Council, 1998
Grant, Illinois Arts Council, 1995
Fellowship, Oscar B. Cintas Foundation, 1990-1991
Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council, 1989
Purchase award, "35th Illinois Invitational," Illinois State Museum, (Springfield, IL), 1983
Best of Show, "New Horizons in Art 1982," Chicago Public Library Cultural Center



PUBLICATIONS

Acosta, Maureen Leon; Blanc, Giulio; Domínguez; and Angel, Felix. Catalog: Expresiones Hispanas -- The 1988/89 Coors National Hispanic Art Exhibit and Tour. See Traveling Exhibitions above.
Argyropoulos, Andy. "Paul Sierra." New Art Examiner," May 1991. Review of solo exhibition at Gwenda Jay Gallery, January 1991.
Arnter, Alan. "At the Galleries." Chicago Tribune, September 15, 1988. Review of solo exhibition at Gwenda Jay Gallery, September 1988.
Barker, Stan. "Artist's Market: Where and How to Sell Your Art." The Artist's Magazine, May 1989, p. 22.
Beardsley, John and Livingston, Jane. Hispanic Art in the United States: Thirty Contemporary Painters and Sculptors. New York: Abbeville Press, 1987. See Traveling Exhibitions above.
Blanc, Giulio; Catalog: Cuban Artists in the 20th Century. Ft. Lauderdale Museum, December 1994.
Bonesteel, Michael. "Paul Sierra at Halsted." Art in America, March 1986, p. 156. Review of "Santeria: Secret Rites and Symbols," solo exhibit at Halsted Gallery, October 1985.
Bonesteel Michael. "Sierra High on Memory Mingled with Moment." Pioneer Press, "Art Diversions," May 11, 1989. Review of solo exhibition at University of Illinois, May 1989.
Bravo, Armando. “Paul Sierra y La Belleza de lo Terrible.” El Nuevo Herald, March 4, 2001, sec. E, p. 1.
Casuso, Jorge. "Cubans Haunted by Memories of Homeland." Chicago Tribune, January 1, 1989, sec. 1, p. 1.
Condon, Elizabeth. "Paul Sierra." New Art Examiner, September 1989, p. 53. Review of solo exhibition at A. Montgomery Ward Gallery, University of Illinois at Chicago, May 1989.
Coto, Juan Carlos. "They Would Rather Die," Miami Herald, July 20, 1991. Review of group exhibition at Frederic Snitzer Gallery, July 1991.
Curtis, Cathy. "'¡Mira!,' Unites 29 Latinos with Taste for the Fantastic." Los Angeles Times, April 20, 1988. Review of "¡Mira! The Canadian Club Hispanic Art Tour 1988-1989." See Traveling Exhibitions above.
Donato, Debora and Garcia, Antonio V. Catalog: ¡Adivina! Latino Chicago Expressions. Mexican Fine Arts Center, Chicago, 1988. See Group Exhibitions above.
Ely, Bruno. “Loin de Cuba.” Aix-en-Provence, France. Catalog, Group Show, 1998.
Gernand, Renee. The Cuban Americans, The Peoples of North America Series. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1989.
Gawecki, Marcia. “Paul Sierra’s Call of the Wild.” La Raza, May 2000.
Goldman, Shifra. "Homogenizing Hispanic Art." New Art Examiner, September 1987, p. 30. Review of "Hispanic Art in the Untied States: Thirty Contemporary Painters and Sculptors." See Traveling Exhibitions above.
Herguth, Bob. "Chicago Profiles." Chicago Sun-Times, May 16, 1988. Personal interview.
Hevdejs, Judy. "Looking Beyond the Myths." Chicago Tribune, December 4, 1988, sec. 13, p. 20. Review of "¡Mira! The Canadian Club Hispanic Art Tour 1988-1989." See Traveling Exhibitions above.
Huebner, Jeff. "Latino Art or Latinos' Art?" New City (Chicago, IL), June 7, 1989, p. 19.
Jarmusch, Ann. "Vision of the Americas." Dallas Times Herald, June 9, 1988. Review of "¡Mira! The Canadian Club Hispanic Art Tour 1988-1989." See Traveling Exhibitions above.
Knight, Christopher. "Cocked Concept." Los Angeles Herald Examiner, April 8, 1988. Review of "¡Mira! The Canadian Club Hispanic Art Tour 1988-1989." See Traveling Exhibitions above.
Krantz, Claire Wolf. "Paul Sierra." New Art Examiner, January 1986, p. 53. Review of "Santeria: Secret Rites and Symbols," solo exhibit at Halsted Gallery, October 1985.
Laing, Mary and Bertoncini, Deanna. Catalog: Latino Expressions. Illinois Bell in cooperation with Latino Arts Coalition, 1988. See Group Exhibitions above.
Leval, Susana Torruella; Pau-Llosa, Ricardo; and Lockpez, Inverna. Catalog: ¡Mira! The Canadian Club Hispanic Art Tour 1988-1989. See Traveling Exhibitions above.
Lugo, Denise. “Paul Sierra: A Cultural Corridor.” Catalog, Solo Show, 1998.
Muchnic, Suzanne. "Visible Roots in 'Expresiones Hispanas.'" Los Angeles Times, August 16, 1988, arts calendar, p. 1. Review of "Expresiones Hispanas." See Traveling Exhibitions above.
Obejas, Achy. "Sierra by Sunlight." The Chicago Reader, September 25, 1987, sec. 1, p. 25. Review of "Past, Present, Future," group show at Gwenda Klein, Ltd., September-October 1987.
Pau-Llosa, Ricardo. "A Convergence of Visual Cultures." Art International, Spring 1989, p. 17.
Porter, Dean. “Landscape of the Soul.” Catalog for the Snite Museum solo show June, 1995. See Solo Exhibitions above.
Prezelus, Corinne, ”Finding Our Place In The World.” Indiana Statesman, March 17, 2000. Review of solo exhibition at Indiana State University.
Rice, Nancy. "Paul Sierra." New Art Examiner, February 1983, p. 22. Review of solo exhibit at Nornberg Gallery, December 1982.
Stern, Fred. "Artists with Latin American Roots." Mizue, Summer 1989, p. 48. A quarterly review of fine arts published in Japan; issue devoted to Latin American and Spanish art.
Stevens, Mark. "Devotees of the Fantastic." Newsweek, September 7, 1987, p. 66. Review of "Hispanic Art in the Untied States: Thirty Contemporary Painters and Sculptors." See Traveling Exhibitions above.
Stringer, John; Goodall, Donald B.; Stellweg, Carla et al. Catalog: Aquí. University of Southern California, 1984 and University of California, 1985. See Group Exhibitions 1984 and 1985 above.
Thorson, Alice. "Paul Sierra." Latin American Art Magazine, Spring 1991. Artist profile.
Taylor, Sue. "Paul Sierra." New Art Examiner, December 1982. Review of solo exhibit at MoMing Dance and Arts Center, October 1982.
Turner, Elisa. "Portraying Exile as a State of Mind." Miami Herald, April 24, 1991. Review of solo exhibition at Frederic Snitzer Gallery, April 1991.
Zuver, Marc et al. Catalog: Cuba-USA: The First Generation; In Search of Freedom. Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center, Washington, D.C., 1991. See Traveling Exhibitions above.



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