Hernán García papers, 1981-1996

A Finding Aid to the Hernán García Papers, 1981-1996, in the Archives of American Art, by Rosa M. Fernández

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Biographical Information

Born in 1935 in Havana, García graduated from the Escuela de Publicidad de la Habana as a graphic designer. The artist was exiled in Spain and Puerto Rico where he studied illustration and painting before settling in Miami, Florida.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

This small collection consists primarily of letters concerning both personal and professional affairs. Correspondents include Anthony A. Ardavin, Agustín Eschevarria, Antonia Eiriz, Guido Llinás, Adolfo V. Nodal, and others. A number of letters concern biennials and upcoming exhibitions. Of special interest is a 1995 letter sent to García from the creators of the Memoria project, funded by The Getty, to document the work of Cuban artists living in the United States. Also found is one letter by Hernán García to the Kreisler Art Gallery in Madrid regarding his artwork. This small collection also contains scattered exhibition announcements and catalogs, including ones for the exhibitions Obra Puertorriqueña de Artistas Cubanos and Artistes Cubains en Amérique du Nord. Clippings, a résumé, and one black and white photograph of Hernán García are also found.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged into four series.

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following index terms. People, families and organizations are listed under "Names" when they are creators or contributors and under "Subjects" when they are the topic of collection contents.


  • Cuban American art
  • Cuban American artists
  • Expatriate artists -- Florida -- Miami
  • Artists -- Cuba -- Havana

Types of Materials:

  • Photographs


  • Ardavin, Anthony A.
  • Eiriz Vazquez, Antonia T., 1931-1995
  • Eschevarria, Agustín
  • Llinás, Guido
  • Martínez, Martha, 1920-
  • Nodal, Adolfo V., 1950-


Hernán García donated his papers in 1997 to the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

How the Collection was Processed

Processing of the Hernán García papers was completed by Rosa M. Fernández in December, 1998. This collection, along with numerous other Latino collections, was acquired through the Archives 1996 "Latino Art Documentation Project" in South Florida with funding provided by the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Latino Initiatives.

How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Hernán García papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

How to Cite this Collection

Hernán García papers, 1981-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Material, undated
(Box 1, 1 folder)

1 Résumé, undated

Series 2: Letters, 1987-1996
(Box 1, 10 folders)

1 Letters, 1987-1996
(10 folders)

Series 3: Printed Materials, 1981-1996, undated
(Box 1, 2 folders)

1 Printed Material, 1981-1996
(2 folders)

Series 4: Photograph, undated
(Box 1, 1 folder)

1 Photograph, undated