Rolando Duartes was born in Havana, Cuba in 1955. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and studied Art History at the University of Havana. In 1987 he did his first solo exhibition at the National Theater in Havana. It was followed by exhibitions in Philippines, Colombia, and Denmark. In 1991 Rolando Duartes received a prestigious award at the 2nd Postage Stamp Design Contest in Japan.
In 1997 Rolando was granted an artist residency in Bornholm. The invitation brought him to Denmark, where in 2000 he was invited to be a part of the group exhibition: HULRUM Masnedó Fortet Vordinborg together with 31 artists from North Europe. After several exhibitions in Denmark and Sweden, Rolando moved to Switzerland, his current home, where he presents his works in group and solo exhibitions.
Rolando’s works touch a variety of subjects and explore different styles. His paintings are included in public and private collections in Denmark, Germany, United States, Spain, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Uzbekistan, Colombia, Philippines, France, Switzerland, and Cuba.