Mabel Poblet Bio

Mabel Poblet

years with Cynthia-Reeves: 2
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Venice Biennale, Cuban Pavillion
Marea Alta, Collateral to the 12th Havana Biennial
Noemí Award, Brownstone Foundation, Paris
Contemporary Art Museum of Tampa, collection

Mabel Poblet is one of Cuba’s most exciting young artists. She graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts [the famous San Alejandro School] with highest honors. She apprenticed in a workshop started by Cuban installation artist Tania Bruguera, an opportunity that brought her together with many of the best known Cuban artists of the day.

Poblet’s works are a close examination of her own life – who she is as a Latina growing up in Castro’s Cuba, where she came from, her relationship to the Cuban culture overall. The work is intensely personal but never sentimental. Distinct series of works, both performative and photographic based, are precise and carefully crafted while evoking broader narratives and inquiries.

My work is based on self-referential experiences of my past life and the impacts that have these memories, which turned into works, determine my present. I allude to intimate acts as well as others that are the result of the relationships that people have with me. 

Poblet has recently been awarded a significant large-scale project in the United States for a new cultural center, the details of which will be released in early 2017.  She is representing Cuba at the Cuban Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale.