Friday, April 17, 2009

Ares !

To my freind and the greatest cartoon master (Ares) !


Arístides Esteban Hernández Guerrero (ARES.)

Born in Havana, September 2, 1963 he studied medicine (graduated at 1987) and psychiatry (graduated at 1993). Self made cartoonist, illustrator and painter.

Ares published his first cartoon in 1984, in Opina magazine. His works has been published all around the world and he also worked as illustrator (mainly children books) and made oil paintings and animations.

He works in Havana as a free lance artist. He has participated in a great number of humor events, where he has obtained more than a hundred awards, and nowadays is the cuban cartoonist with the bigger number of international awards (69). Some of them are:
First Prize, Piaui International Cartoon Contest, Brazil;
First Prize Cartoon, Gabrovo Biennial, Bulgaria;
First Prize, Eurohumor, Italy;
Excellence Prize, Yomiuri Shimbum International Cartoon Contest, Japan;
Grand Prix San Antonio Biennial, Cuba (three times);
Eduardo Abela Grand Prix, National Cartoon Contest, Cuba (five times).
Ares has published fourteen books:
Entrar por el Aro (Cuba),
Cuba com Humor (Brazil),
Gente de Meio-Tom (Brazil),
Humor pelo Ares (Brazil),
Psicoterapia, una relación de ayuda (Guatemala),
Hooz (Irán),
Mi psicólogo soy yo (Cuba),
Alcohol, mito y realidad (Cuba) ,
El Norte, el Sur y la Globalización (Italy),
Ande el Sur (Cuba),
Homo sapiens (Cuba),
Ojos de Sur (Cuba), Historia del humor gráfico en Cuba (Spain) and Caricatura cubana contemporánea I (Cuba).
He has illustrated another forty books. Ares has worked with TV and animated films, some of his works has been used to make short animation films (Filminutos).

He has given lectures about cartoon and comics art in Cuba, Iran, Mexico, Colombia, Turkey, Canada, Spain, Venezuela and Finland. He served as a jury in a number of international cartoon contest in Mexico, Italy, Brazil, Cuba, Iran, Turkey...

In 1994 he was nominated by the Witty World Magazine (USA) to be included in the list of the best cartoonists of the world, he was nominated by Cuba to the Quevedos Iberoamerican Cartoon Award, was included in the Memory Project Book as one of the most relevant visual artists of Cuba in the XX Century and included in the survey The Twenty Most Outstanding Cartoonists of the Twenty Century in Cuba. In 2002 he received the National Culture Medal by the Cuban Culture Ministry.
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