Jose Ramon Urbay
Jose R. Urbay is a Vancouver based Cuban visual artist and graphic designer who has exhibited his artwork internationally in solo and group exhibitions in Havana, Madrid, New York, Brussels, and Vancouver. He finds inspiration in his personal memories, spirituality, religion, nostalgia and the landscapes of his beloved island.
Jose Urbay was born and raised in Havana City, Cuba. Coming from a family of artists, since very little he developed the sensibility of appreciate and understand art. A first hand witness of the vibrant and globally recognized Cuban culture, his education and passion for the visual arts gave shape to a very specific yet diverse style. In 2008 he moved to Vancouver, making this beautiful city his new home and source of inspiration.
In 1994, Urbay started what it would be 5 years of study in the Institute of Design in Havana, specializing in Informational Design. Throughout his career his artwork has been published, exhibited, and awarded in a myriad of publications from children’s books to poetry magazines in Cuba. Some of his works are held in private collections in the United States, Cuba, and Norway.
2010 British Columbia Institute of Technology, Graphic Design courses
(Photoshop CS4, InDesign CS4, Communication Design)
2005 Oriental Illustration and Painting Workshop, Prof. Chizuko Owaki,
Higher Studies Arts Institute (ISA), Havana, Cuba
2002-2003 Photography Course, Centro de Beneficencia de Cataluña,
1994-1999 High Institute of Industrial Design (ISDI), specialization in Graphic
Design, Havana, Cuba
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2011 A Starry Moment, Contemporary art exhibition, International Village
Mall, Vancouver, Canada.
2009 “En el Cosmos, una Isla”, Havana, Cuba
2007 “Lunas de Invierno”, Proyecto Estaciones, Casa de la Poesía,
2006 ¨Encrucijada¨, Real Academia de la Lengua Española in Havana,
2005 International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Jeanne de Merode
Castle, Brussels, Belgium
International exhibition sponsored by Cariforum, Belgium
Cuban Art Exhibition amidst the celebration of ESCALES
CUBAINES, Brusels, Belgium.
Exhibition of ink drawings on traditional paper,
Proffesor Chizuko Owaki, Takanawa Kumin Cultural Center, Tokio,
2003 “Morder o no Morder”, Erotic Art Hall, Mariano Rodríguez
Gallery, Villa Panamericana, Havana, Cuba
4th Illustration Biennial Los Puentes, Fayad Jamís Gallery;
2002 Salón de la Ciudad, Internacional Hotel, Varadero, Cuba
2001 “Trazos del Alma”, Casa de la Poesía, Havana, Cuba
“La Isla Infinita”, Sauto Theater, and Meliá Varadero Hotel
“Ofrenda a Tagore”, Casa de Asia, Havana, Cuba
Illustration Biennial “Los Puentes”, Fayad Jamís Gallery, Havana,
2000 Raúl Martínez Gallery, Instituto Cubano del Libro, Havana, Cuba
1999 “Ciencia Ficción Habana”, Havana, Cuba
“Salón Playa”, Servando Cabrera Gallery, Habana, Cuba
1997 Graphics International Exhibition “La Imagen Constante”, Havana, Cuba
1996 National Poster Contest “Where we live now”, University of Havana.
International Poster Exhibition “Where we live now”, United Nations
Offices, New York, USA.
1995 Institute of Design Projects Public Exhibition, Institute of Design,
2005 “De Agua y de Luz” Santa Isabel 36 Studio-Gallery; amidst the
International Art Fair ARCO 2005, Madrid, Spain
2004 Guardianes, Lombillo Palace Gallery, Havana, Cuba
2003 “La Seda del Agua”, UNEAC (Cuba National Writers and Artists
Association) Villena Gallery, Havana, Cuba
“José Ramón Urbay, Pinturas y Dibujos”, Raúl Martínez Gallery
Cuban Book Institute, Havana, Cuba
2001 “La Luz Negra”, Casa de la Poesía, Havana, Cuba
“19 Gotas”, Hotel Inglaterra, Havana, Cuba
2000 “Deshielos”, La Isla Infinita Gallery, Instituto Cubano del Libro,
Feria Flores, Amilkar, “En el Cosmos Una Isla”, Esquilfe Digital Magazine
April 4th, 2009
Lam, Rafael, “Exposición Colectiva de Artistas de la Plástica”
Cubarte Digital Magazine, December 2nd, 2008
Pérez Díaz, Enrique (Editor), “Wabima, La hija del Mwami”, Gente Nueva
Publishing House, 2008, Cover and Interior Illustrations.
Pérez Díaz, Enrique (Editor), “Wabima, Las rayas de la hiena”, Gente Nueva
Publishing House, 2008, Cover and Interior Illustrations.
Calzadilla Núñez, Julia (Author), “Nuevos Cantares de la America Latina y el
Caribe”, Gente Nueva Publishing House, 2008, Cover and Interior
Diaz Llanillo, Esther (Author) “Cuentos antes y después del sueño”,
Letras Cubanas Publishing House, 2007, Cover.
Opus Habana Magazine vol. VIII, Breviario, 2004, Cover and p.2, Print.
Elvia Dieguez (Curator), “Huestes Celestiales”, Opus Habana Magazine,
Vol VIII , 2004 Breviario (Cultural Reviews) p.2. Print.
Piñera, Tony, “Manchas del Paisaje”, Opciones Magazine, No 4, 2004.
Opus Habana Magazine vol. VII, Breviario, 2003, p. 8.
Mejides, Miguel (Author), “Las Ceremonias del Amor”, Union Publishing House, (Cuba National Writers and Artists Association), 2003, Cover.
Guerra, Félix (Author) “Rama Verde, Criatura Dorada”, Letras Cubanas
Publishing House, 2003, p.18, 28, 32, 34, 39, 43, 55, 69, 76, 85, 89, 92,
94, 103, 112, 125 and cover.
La Gaceta de Cuba Magazine, (Cuba National Writers and Artists
Association) vol II, 2000, p. 47, 52, 53. Print.
La Revista del Libro Cubano, (Cuban Book Magazine), Vol. I, 2000
La Isla Infinita Magazine, No 1, 1999, Letras Cubanas Publishing House,
p.9, 13, 14, 15, 25, 32, 38, 41, 42, 43, 63, 65.
La Isla Infinita Magazine, No 2, 1999, Letras Cubanas Publishing House,
- 35, La Ballena Codorniz , p. 2, 3, 42, 50.
La Isla Infinita Magazine, No 3, 2000, Letras Cubanas Publishing House,
- 35, 59, 78.
La Isla Infinita Magazine, No 6, 2002, Letras Cubanas Publishing House,
- 12, 58, 59, 73, back cover.
La Isla Infinita Magazine, No 7, 2003 Letras Cubanas Publishing House,
La Isla Infinita Magazine, No 8, 2004, Letras Cubanas Publishing House,
Cover and p. 20, 50, 70, 73, 78, 81, 122, 127.
La Isla Infinita Magazine, No 11, 2006, Letras Cubanas Publishing House,
p.2, 10, 15, 36, 39,71, 74, 77.
La Isla Infinita Magazine, No 12, 2008, Letras Cubanas Publishing House,
Achieved Works and Projects:
2011 Logo for the International Women Conference and the International
Sisters in Solidarity (ISIS) Gaza, Palestine.
2008-2009 Illustrator for the Rainbow Brush People project from Kazi Ahmed of
Rainbow Brush LLC, Surrey, BC, Canada
2007 Logo for Belen Jesuit School Music Band (National Award Winner);
2006 Logo for the Christian Youth Camp, Havana, Cuba
2004 Visual Identity design for the Cuban Film Festival in New Zealand
SI CUBANZ FILMZ!
Donated a painting for the Big Prize of the 21nd Cine Plaza Festival,
Cover illustration for the compact disc “Cuba Dentro de un Piano”, by
the Cuban composer José María Vitier, Havana, Cuba
2002 Promotional poster for the ozone layer protection, United Nations
Environment Program (UNEP)
2001 Spanish Cultural Center 2002 Calendar; Havana, Cuba
2000 Mural “La Isla Infinita”, Cuban Book Institute, Havana, Cuba
Works held in private collections in the United States, Spain, Mexico, Norway, Germany and Australia.
He has worked as an illustrator in several Cuban publications and
Publishing Houses such as:
La Revista del Libro Cubano
La Gaceta de Cuba
Gente Nueva Publishing House.
Illustrator of the Poetry magazine La Isla Infinita from “Letras Cubanas” Publishing House