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Humberto Dionisio papers, 1919-1990

Humberto Dionisio papers, 1919-1990

Dionisio, Humberto, 1950-1987

Painter

Collection Information

Size: 2.6 linear ft.

Summary: Papers of Cuban-born Miami artist Humberto Dionisio mainly document his family and events in Cuba, primarily through letters and family memorabilia received from his mother, Zaida Ortega Dominquez. Papers relating specifically to his work as an artist are represented to a lesser degree.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; b. 1950, in Cuba; d. 1987, Miami, Fla. Arrived in Miami, Florida via the Mariel boat lift in 1980. Dionisio completed his studies as a Graphic Designer in Cuba at the Consejo Nacional de Cultura in 1975 and achieved success in Miami as a painter in the mid to late eighties.

Provenance

Donated 1996 by Jim Kitchens, a friend of Dionisio.

A Finding Aid to the Humberto Dionisio Papers,
1919-1990
, in the Archives of American Art
AAA.dionhumb
Author
Finding aid prepared by Stephanie L. Ashley
Biographical Note
Humberto Dionisio was born in Cuba in 1950. During the 1970s he became a noted poster artist and completed his studies in Graphic Design at the Consejo Nacional de Cultura in Cuba in 1975. He arrived in Miami, Florida, via the Mariel boat lift in 1980, and achieved success in Miami as a painter from the mid to late 1980s. He died in March 1987 at the age of thirty-six.
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into two series. Each series is arranged into subseries according to record type.
Series 1: Humberto Dionisio Papers, 1926-1990, undated (Boxes 1-3; 1.7 linear feet)
Series 2: Zaida Ortega Dominguez Papers, 1919-circa 1980s, undated (Boxes 4-6; 0.9 linear feet)
Scope and Content Note
The collection measures 2.6 linear feet, dates from 1919 to 1990, and includes letters, photographs, financial records, printed material, and family memorabilia. The papers of Dionisio primarily document his relationships with other family members and friends through photographs and letters received from his mother, Zaida Ortega Dominguez, and others. The collection also contains papers, photographs and original sketches (by Dominguez) collected by Dominguez herself which were in Dionisio's care. Papers relating specifically to Dionisio's work as an artist are represented to a lesser degree in this collection and consist primarily of printed material and photographs of Dionisio at work and at an exhibition of his work. There is also one original watercolor by Dionisio from 1985.
Provenance
Donated 1996 by Jim Kitchens, a friend of Dionisio.
Processing Information
The collection was processed by Rosa M. Fernández in 1997.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Humberto Dionisio papers, 1919-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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