EDUARDO ROCA SALAZAR (CHOCO), Santiago de Cuba 1949
Eduardo Roca Salazar, better known as Choco, graduated from the National Art School (ENA) in Havana, Cuba in 1970 and later from the Superior Institute of Art (ISA). He also attended various workshops throughout his career in Japan, France, Spain and the United States amongst others and taught engraving classes in numerous countries.
Choco’s work, composed of collagraphies, prints, oil paintings as well as bronze and wooden sculptures, is just like him: typically Cuban and profoundly universal at the same time.
Amongst the most famous Cuban painters, Choco has been recognised with numerous honours such as first prize at the IV International Engraving Triennial of Kochy, Japan and the Order for National Culture, awarded by the Ministry of Culture of Cuba. In 2017, Choco was awarded National Prize for Plastic Arts by the Plastic Arts Counsel of Cuba.
His work can be found in private collections around the world, as well as in museums such as the National Fine Arts Museum in Havana; the DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago (IL); the Queretaro Museum in Mexico City; the Joan Miro Foundation in Palma de Mallorca; the Ludwig Foundation in Germany and the Kochy Museum in Japan.