Rolando Estévez

Johanna Lawshea

Born in Matanzas, Cuba, where he still lives, Rolando Estévez is a visual artist and poet who works in multiple mediums, including drawing, painting, installation, performance, stage design, and handmade book design. He is the author of La vena rota, a volume of poems about his memories of his exiled Cuban family, and is the recipient of major honors, including the Cuban National Book Design Award and the Distinción Hijo Ilustre de la Ciudad from the city of Matanzas. A co-founder of Ediciones Vigía, he created over 500 handmade artist books between 1985 and 2013, which are collected by the British National Library, MOMA, the U.S. Library of Congress, as well as numerous universities in the U.S. Estévez now directs his own imprint, El Fortín, at which he is creating limited edition and one-of-a-kind artist books that are rapidly gaining recognition for their unique beauty and cultural poetics.