René Francisco is an artist, activist, and teacher. In his work, he adopts an approach that seeks to overcome social fragmentation. Known for his thorough research, he explores problems of Cuban national identity and social justice. Driven to promote interaction between students and teachers, he created the Galería DUPP, Desde una Pedagogía Pragmática (Through a Pragmatic Pedagogy) in 1989. He has won several international awards, including the UNESCO Prize (2000) and the National Prize of Plastic Arts of Cuba (2010). Recent solo exhibitions include: Venceremos, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, 2016; Entropía, Factoría Habana, Havana, 2015; and Work in Progress, Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2012. He also participated in recent group exhibitions, such as: Dark Mirror: Art from Latin America since 1968, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, 2015–2016; and La Otra Bienal (René Francisco-Fidel Yordán Castro), Museo de la Perseverancia, Bogotá, 2013. Francisco lives and works in Havana.