Esteban Valderrama

Esteban Valderrama y Peña

Birth      March 16, 1892, Matanzas, Cuba

Death    April 14, 1964, Havana, Cuba


–              Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro, Havana, Cuba

–              Academia de Bellas Artes San Fernando, Madrid, Spain

–              École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France


–              cover of Literaria Mundial Magazine, Paris, France, 1913

–              Bronze Medal, Panama Pacific International Expo, Panama

–              Gold Medal, Exposición Iberoamericana de Sevilla, Seville, Spain, 1930

–              Gold Medal, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba, 1930

Career Highlights:

–              Director of the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro, Havana, Cuba in multiple occasions


Best known for his portraits of Jose Raul Capablanca (1940) and Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1940) and Jose Marti’s portrait commissioned by the Cuban Embassy in Mexico (1938).

Mr. Valderrama gained relevance in Cuban numismatic history when he was entrusted with the design of the 1953 Centennial of Jose Marti series. At the time, Valderrama was known for his multiple Jose Marti portraits, from the one at the Embassy of Cuba in Mexico mentioned above to the one below, which obviously influenced his choices for the 1953 Marti Centennial series design.

Jose Marti, 1951

Esteban Valderrama (1892 – 1964)

Oil on canvas

52.5 x 37.8 in (133,5 x 96 cm)


Links and resources:

Esteban Valderrama Peña @ EcuRed

Esteban Valderrama y Pena @ Cuban Arts Connection

Las monedas del Centenario de José Martí @Segunda Zafra

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