Saturday, January 31, 2015

Arestide Esteban Hernandez Guerrero - ARES

I was pleased to meet with Ares (Havana, Cuba,1963) in the ECC on the occasion of the opening of his exhibition. I was told before that Ares is one of the world's leading cartoonists. He is indeed.

In his cartoons you'll notice his interest for the human body. Not surprising because he is a doctor of medicine specialised in psychiatry.

He has published many books.
"The book "Ares Trazo Consentido" (Ares, trace with sense) is an attempt to make a selection out of the great visual universe its author has produced with artistic confidence since the 80s. It's a reduced and useful anthology of a portion of his work."

"Aristides Esteban Hernandez Guerrero, better known as ARES, was born in Havana Cuba, in 1963. He studied medicine and psychiatry and is a self taught cartoonist, illustrator and painter. He lives and works in Havana.

His first cartoon was published in 1984, and subsequently many others have appeared in newspapers and magazines all over the world. He has published 24 books and illustrated more than 80 others. He has made oil paintings and worked in TV and Film, making animated short films (filminutos) based on his artwork.

He has participated in many international cartoon competitions and has been rewarded with 102 national and 133 international awards. He has been a judge in cartoon contests in Mexico, Italy, Brazil, Turkey, Cuba, and Iran ... He has given lectures on cartoons and comics in Cuba, Iran, Mexico, Colombia, Turkey, Canada, Spain, Venezuela and Finland.

Ares was nominated by Witty World Magazine (US) to be admitted to the register of the best cartoonists in the world. In Cuba he received the Quevedos Iberoamerican Cartoon Award, and he was included in the list of the 20 best Cuban cartoonists of the 20th century. In 2002 he received the National Culture Medal from the Cuban Cultural Minister.

He is the vice president of the National Association of the Cuban Artists and Writers Union and vice president of the Comic and Cartoon Department of the Jose Marti International Institute of Journalism." (ECC)

Learn more:
ECC exhibition
Ares cartoons - CartoonMovement
Ares on CartoonGallery

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