David Juan

Habana, Cuba

Cartoonist, teacher

Juan Eduardo David Posada (born 25 April 1911, Las Villas, Cuba — died 8 August 1981, Havana) was a Cuban artist. He is known best for his drawings, illustrations, caricatures, and paintings.

David spent his early years in Spain with his mother and returned to Cuba in 1919. As a young adult, he worked in Cienfuegos, Cuba, and began studying art under Adolfo Meano. He had his first solo exhibition in 1931, displaying thirty caricatures at a photography shop in Santa Clara. The exhibition earned him comparisons to the Salvadoran caricaturist, Toño Salazar.

At the same time, he formed Ariel, a political group that opposed the regime of President Gerardo Machado, with Carlos Rafael Rodríguez, Raúl Aparicio, and Rafael Viego. His political activities led to several arrests, and eventually to his departure from Santa Clara to Havana, in 1935. While in Havana, he continued to exhibit his work and worked with many magazines, including Isla, Resumen, Mediodía, Social, Patria, Grafos, and Bohemia.



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