Guillermo Orlando Piedra Labañino
Piedra (b. 1954) began studying art in Santiago de Cuba, and finished as an honors student in Havana. Piedra has participated in numerous national exhibitions and competitions in Cuba and abroad. He is comfortable in all techniques: landscape, expressionism, installations, caricatures, mural art, and graphic design.
His cartoons have been published in various catalogs, journals, newspapers, and magazines in Cuba and abroad. He is currently working on a book that is a retrospective of over 40 years of his published caricatures.
Piedra was a recipient of the National Medal “Raúl Gómez García”; the Order “Juan Marinello” as “Personality of Cuban National Culture”; and the UNEAC award “Guamo”, the highest award granted to artists in the Guantanamo province. He twice received the Silver Medal of Baracoa in celebration of National Culture week.
Among the personalities possessing his works are the Prime Minister of Jamaica, P.J. Patterson; Cuban singer and songwriter, Silvio Rodríguez; and Nicaraguan President, Daniel Ortega. Public institutions where his paintings are on permanent exhibit: University of North Carolina; National Assembly, Havana; Plaza Mariana Grajales, Guantánamo; Casa de la Trova; and Matachín middle school (large mural), Baracoa.