José Armando Medina Sanabia
José Armando Medina
José Medina was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1977. He specialized in Printmaking and Drawing at the Fine Arts Academy of Santiago de Cuba in 1996, where he later became Head of the Print Board from 2000 to 2008. In 2003 he received an Arts Teaching Diploma from the University of Pedagogical Sciences in Santiago de Cuba. His work has been shown in more than 90 exhibitions, including solo and group shows in Canada, Cuba, Colombia, England, United States, Spain, Italy, Mexico, and Australia. He has been given more than 20 honours and awards such as the decoration Guest of Honour of Santa Marta, Colombia in 1997, and the Honourable Mention of the Biennale internationale d’estampe contemporaine de Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada, in 2011. His work has been part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Santa Marta, Colombia since 1997, and Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota, USA since 2007. His specialty is collagraph, a print technique that he learned from the first Print Masters that introduced it in Cuba. He was a practicing visual artist and a printmaking professor at Luis Diaz Oduardo Cultural Workshop and the Fine Arts Academy in Santiago de Cuba for 12 years. At present, he is a member and practicing visual artist of CRAM Gallery and Collective in St. Catharines, Ontario. In 2009 he became the Print Master and Coordinator of CRAMpress, the CRAM International Print Studio.