J o r g e L u i s B A L L A R T
Jorge Luis Ballart, is a Cuban artist, born in 1968 in Pinar Del Rio. He began his studies at The Provincial School of Arts, and later, he was enrolled in The National Institute of the Arts (ENA) in Havana, Cuba.
In 1987 he realized his first Solo-Exhibition in the art gallery I.S.A. in Havana City. Since then Ballart has participated in various group and solo exhibitions within Cuba and abroad and a number of his paintings are held in museums, galleries and private collections in Canada, USA, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama.
In 1988 he returned to his city of birth, Pinar del Rio, and began to work as an Art teacher. The same year he was awarded The Provincial Award at the “Salon Provincial de Arte.” At 23 years old he was appointed Professor at the Professional School of Arts and his name was introduced in the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC). Ballart received various Municipal and Provincial Awards in Pinar del Rio from 1988 to 1997. He also earned the UNEAC Award in 2004 and a number of his paintings are part of the collection of the Museum of Art of Pinar del Rio. In 1998 he moved to Havana and in 2012 to Canada, where he has been working as an independent artist.
Ballart’s works have transitioned through different periods from the abstract, figurative to the conceptual. He was influenced by the European, American Avant-Garde and Abstract Expressionism, until the second half of the 90s. From that time, his works becomes very personal and contemporary; moving between Figurative and Conceptual Art.