Luís Eliades Rodríguez Martínez
Luis Eliades Rodríguez Martínez (b.1941) is considered by many to be the grandfather of the Baracoan school of art. Many young aspiring artists have studied with this revered artist. Eliades graduated from art school in Santiago de Cuba and became a professor of art. His style covers a range of different mediums including ink on paper, oil on canvas, and watercolors.
He has participated in innumerable group and one-man shows, both nationally and internationally; among them were Latin Views, 2008, a biennial exhibition sponsored by the University of Connecticut; exhibitor of honor at the Salón de Exposiciones AGISA, Switzerland; The Binding of Two Cultures, St. Augustine, Florida; Group exhibit at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His paintings can be found in the UNICEF Institute in New York and in private collections in Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the U.S., and Europe.
He is on the consulting board of the Eliseo Osorio Gallery in Baracoa and judges many local and regional art shows. Among the many prizes he has received, in 2007 Eliades was awarded the coat of arms of the city of Baracoa, the highest honor possible in recognition of a life dedicated to art. Currently his works are exhibited and sold from the Galeria Cubana in Boston and Provincetown, Massachusetts.