Val Umberto (Valdes)

Habana, Cuba


Val was born in 1924 in San Nicolás de Bari.
He graduated from the industrial school in Rancho Boyeros, then the journalism faculty of Havana University.

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

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

Currently, Val is one of the cartoonists of the magazine Palante.
Modern Cuban cartoonists. “Soviet Artist”, Moscow, 1982.

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