Val Umberto (Valdes)

Habana, Cuba


Was born in 1924 in San Nicolás de Bari.
He finished he industrial school in Rancho Boyeros, then he graduated in journalism from the Havana University.

His humorous drawings first appeared in the Informatsion newspaper in 1950. These were stories in pictures about Grafito and Mondonyedo, the heroes of Creole folklore. Later he headed the Don Feliciano magazine and contributed his works to the weekly Actualidad Criolla.

Since 1965, Val has been working at Palante, cooperating with other periodicals. His series “Our America”, “Chrisanto Buenahante” and “After the trial will be a verdict” were especially popular. Val is an outstanding master of friendly cartoons.
He won more than twenty awards at the Horacio Rodriguez Suria, the National Salon of Humor. In 1967 he was awarded at the International Salon of Humor in Montreal.

Modern Cuban cartoonists (“Soviet Artist”, Moscow, 1982)

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