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 Juan Jose Sicre  (1898 - 1974)

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Lived/Active: Ohio / Cuba      Known for: sculpture-historic figure

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
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The following is from Sean Poole of the Gattorno Foundation:

Juan Jose Sicre was born in Matanzas, Cuba, in 1898 and was graduated from the Academy of San Alejandro in Havana. He was awarded a scholarship for study in Europe in 1919. He studied in Madrid at the Fine Arts School of San Fernando and in Paris under Antoine Bourdelle. He shared a studio in Florence, Italy and in Paris, France, with the Cuban painter Antonio Gattorno. He returned to Cuba in 1927.

Sicre, Gattorno and the painter Victor Manuel did a series of solo exhibits in the spring of 1927 that introduced European style Modern Art to Havana, and began Cubas Modern Art Movement. He was one of the founding members of El Grupo Minorista, signing the groups charter and regularly contributing to the avant garde magazine, "Revista de Avance", which helped to establish a Cuban national identity in the arts from 1927 through 1934. Sicre became the professor of Sculpture at the Academy of San Alejandro.

He continued his artistic activity with frequent trips to many countries of Europe and the Americas. He fulfilled a variety of important public commissions and left behind numerous examples of his art. He is best known in Cuba for his huge monuments to Jose Marti, Simon Bolivar, and Victor Hugo, all located in Havana. He produced the statues of Jose Maria Hostos in the Dominican Republic and of Pètion and the heroes of Vertières in Haiti.

Sicre received his most important U. S. commission from the Inter-American Development Bank, a bust of John F. Kennedy, installed at the banks headquarters in Washington, DC. Also in Washington are Sicre busts of Henry Clay, Jose Cecilio del Valle and Ruben Dario, located in the Pan American Union. Venezuela honored Sicre with the chair of sculpture at the School of Fine Arts in Caracas, where he produced the monument to Ròmulo Gallegos. Juan Jose Sicre left an indelible impression on 20th Century sculpture. His monumental public works exude to this day a sense of grandeur that does not overshadow the humanity of the subject.

He passed away in Cleveland, Ohio in 1974.

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