Humberto Calzada is a Cuban-American artist whose career has spanned over 40 years. His works have been exhibited all across the United States and Latin America, most notably in the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, the National Museum of Chile, the Contemporary Art Museums of Panama and Puerto Rico (Ponce), as well as the Museo del Barrio in New York City.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Calzada’s work is strongly influenced by his native city’s colonial and neo-classical architecture. He is renowned for placing its architectural imagery in surreal, dreamlike settings to explore themes of loss, decay, and rebirth.
Beloved by collectors and museums alike, Calzada’s prolific output of paintings numbers in the thousands. In 2006, the Lowe Museum of Miami honored his career with a 30-year retrospective entitled “In Dreams Awake.” Previously, the Bass Museum of Miami Beach exhibited his 15-Year Retrospective.
Calzada resides in Miami, Florida with his wife of 40 years. He has an engineering degree and an MBA, which he put to use briefly before dedicating himself to painting full time. His daughter is a designer and his son is a filmmaker. He has two grandkids.