René Portocarrero

"Bailarinas de Carnaval" Brown & Black Modern Painting of Three Abstract Figures 1971



Mixed media on paper


Modern neutral toned painting of three abstract figures by Cuban artist René Portocarrero. The work features a black outline of three dancing Carnival figures set against broad white and brown strokes. Signed and dated in front lower right corner. Currently hung in a decorative floating wooden frame.

Artist Biography

René Portocarrero created abstracted, polychrome paintings of the religious and cultural practices and architecture of Cuba as well as portraits of Cuban women. A key figure in the second generation of Vanguardia artists in Cuba, his work was exhibited alongside Cundo Bermúdez, Mario Carreño, and Amelia Peláez in the landmark Museum of Modern Art exhibition “Modern Cuban Painters” in 1944. He was awarded the International Samba Prize at the 1963 São Paulo Bienal and was featured in the 1966 Venice Biennale. Portocarrero displayed his artistic talent at a young age; although he spent a brief period studying at the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts he was mostly self-taught. Known for his use of horror vacui, Portocarrero delineated space via deliberate linework. Later in his career, the artist’s interest in geometric forms led him increasingly towards abstraction. Beginning in the mid–the 1950s, he produced a series of imagined cityscapes based on Havana’s eclectic architecture.

Dimensions With Frame

H 29.75 in. x W 35.75 in. x D 2 in.

Dimensions Without Frame

H 19.5 in. x W 25.5 in.
"Bailarinas de Carnaval" Brown & Black Modern Painting of Three Abstract Figures 1971