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Ricardo Porro, In Memoriam

A Cuban Master


Painter, sculptor, and author of note in modern Cuban architecture, Ricardo Porro died in Paris at the age of 89. Born in Camagüey, he studied in Havana, earning his degree shortly before going on a long and intense formative journey that brought him to France, Scandinavia, and also Italy, where he took part in the CIAM. Back in Cuba he built numerous houses for the country’s bourgeoisie, combining this practice with teaching in Caracas. Here he met Raúl Villanueva and the two Italian architects – Garatti and Gottardi – with whom, after returning to Havana, he would undertake his most iconic works, the Schools of Plastic Arts and Modern Dance, now the best known and most published work of Cuban architecture in the world.

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