Pelaez, Amelia

Pelaez, Amelia Biography

Amelia Pelaez was born in Yaguajay, Cuba. In 1916 she entered the Academia de san Alejandro and proved to be an outstanding pupil. She took a summer course at the Laegue of Arts in New York in1924, and then returned to Havana. In 1927 Amelia Pelaez went to Paris where she attended drawing classes at La Grande Chaumiere. She held her first individual show at Zak Galleries in Paris in 1933, and was well recived by French critics. Pelaez returned to Cuba in 1934 and her exhibition at the Lyceum showed that she had made a tremendous advance in chromatique technique. In 1922, her artwork was included in the exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

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