Henry Ballate was born on July 30, 1966, in Aguada de Pasajeros, Cuba. He is a Cuban-American visual artist, curator and Art History Professor, is an innovative, eclectic and provocative figure in the local art scene. His work is easily recognizable through his use of known iconography, which are essential to his public interventions and appropriations. He received his MFA in Visual Arts and his BFA in Graphic Design from Miami International University of Art and Design (2007). Previously he studied lessons of drawings and painting at Accademia Italiana, Florence, Italy. He graduated from Art Instructors School (Matanzas, Cuba, 1990). Throughout his career he has exhibited at solo and group shows in America, Europe and Asia. Galeria, Matanza, 1990, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Bienal de La Habana,1991, Miami Art Basel, Miami’s Independent Thinkers, Miami International University of Art and Design, Soho Arts Miami, Arteamérica Art Fair, Solo Art Miami, San José’s National Gallery,Costa Rica, National Art Gallery in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Contemporanea Strozzina, Firenze Italy, Contemporary Art Museum, Moscow, Russia, Vargas Gallery, Pembrokepine, Florida. His works are part of private collections in Canada, Germany, USA, France and Italy.
The Kendall Art Cultural Center (KACC), dedicated the past six years to the preservation and promotion of contemporary art and artists, and to the exchange of art and ideas throughout Miami and South Florida, as well as abroad. Through an energetic calendar of exhibitions, programs, and its collections, KACC provides an international platform for the work of established and emerging artists, advancing public appreciation and understanding of contemporary art.
The Rodríguez collection is a blueprint of Cuban art and its diaspora. Within the context of the new MoCA-Americas the collection becomes an invaluable visual source for Diaspora identity. It represents a different approach to art history to try to better understand where we come from to better know where we are heading.Read More