Collection CHC5200 - Leandro Soto Papers

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Leandro Soto Papers


  • 1978-2007 (Creation)


8 Boxes

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Biographical history

Born in Cienfuegos, Cuba in 1956, avante garde artist Leandro Soto has participated in more than 200 exhibitions and performances at both national and international levels. Majoring in painting and minoring in graphics, he received his degree in Fine Arts from the National School of Art in Havana. In 1982 he obtained a teaching certificate at the Graduate Art Institute at the University of Havana.

Soto formed part of the “Volumen Uno” art movement in Havana in 1981 and was the first performance-installation artist in Cuba. Along with artists such as José Bedia and Carlos Cárdenas, he is considered part of Cuba’s “1980 generation” of artists. In 1988 he moved to Mexico, where he established the interdisciplinary art school El Tesoro de Tamulté for indigenous children of the Maya-Chontal community.

Throughout his artistic career, he has demonstrated an interest in religion, ritual, and the mythology of indigenous people. Along with his installations and performance art, Soto has designed sets and costumes for theater productions.

From Mexico, Soto went into exile in the United States, teaching at various universities and advising theater groups. He is well known as part of the interdisciplinary and multicultural Latino art movement. Currently, he is a Senior Lecturer and Artist in Residence at Arizona State University, West Campus, in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance Department.

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The Leandro Soto Papers consist primarily of original drawings of set and costume designs, audiovisual materials, posters, and photographs of productions and exhibitions documenting the work of visual and performance artist Leandro Soto. While the collection also includes correspondence, clippings, press releases, manuscripts, and theater and exhibitions programs, the bulk of materials relate to Soto’s artistic production in the United States since 1992.

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The Leandro Soto Papers are organized into two series. Please see the Finding Aid/Inventory section of this guide for more detailed information.

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Collection is open for research.

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Leandro Soto Papers Finding Aid

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  • English
  • Spanish

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Gift of Leandro Soto, 2008

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Selected materials from this collection have been digitized.

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Director Information for Leandro Soto. Cuban/Latino Theater Digital Archive. University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

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Sponsor Note: This collection processed with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

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May 18, 2018 6:25 PM

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