Gay Garcia, born 1928 in Santiago de Cuba, is an important Cuban artist of the Avant-garde generation. In 1945 he entered the Jose Joaquin Tejada Art School (Santiago de Cuba) and 3 years later started studies at San Alejandro School of Plastic Arts (Havana), the most important school in Latin America and at the Technical Institute in Mexico, F.D., as well as at the Art Institute in Venice and the University of Perugia.
He resides in Miami, where he has exhibited in numerous galleries and museums. His work is in the permanent collections the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, the Museum of Modern Art of Latin America in Washington, D.C., the Miami-Dade Public Library and the Vermont Academy, among others. His sculpture of Father Félix Varela is at the San Carlos Institute in Key West.
Gay Garcia is considered to be one of the major representatives of Cuban sculpture. As a painter, his work follows the line of gestural abstraction. A painter and sculptor, Gay Garcia’s work – whether abstract or figurative – is generally balanced and technically controlled.