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Creator:
Dionisio, Humberto, 1950-1987  Search this
Names:
Dominquez, Zaida Ortega  Search this
Rodriguez, Zoraida  Search this
Saavedra, Nelia Dominguez  Search this
Extent:
2.7 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Place:
Cuba -- Social life and customs
Date:
1919-1990
Summary:
The papers of painter Humberto Dionisio measure 2.7 linear feet and date from 1919 to 1990. The collection primarily documents Dionisio's relationships with his family, particularly his mother, through letters, photographs, financial records, printed material, and family memorabilia collected by Dionisio himself and by his mother, Zaida Ortega Dominguez.
Scope and Content Note:
The collection measures 2.7 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.
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)
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.
Provenance:
The Humberto Dionisio papers were donated by Jim Kitchens, a friend of Dionisio, in 1996.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility.
Rights:
The Humberto Dionisio 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.
Topic:
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Cuban Americans -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Cuban American art  Search this
Expatriate artists -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Artists -- Cuba  Search this
Cuban American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Humberto Dionisio papers, 1919-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.dionhumb
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Humberto Dionisio papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-dionhumb