Enrique Flores-Galbis is a painter, teacher, lecturer and novelist. Born in Havana, Cuba, he emigrated to the United States at the age of 9. Currently he lives and works in New York City.
Enrique Flores-Galbis began his study of painting at New York University Graduate School under the photo-realist, Adelle Weber. At the Art Students League of New York, he studied with noted portraitist Daniel Greene, and then with Raymond Everett Kinstler at the National Academy of Design.
Mr. Flores-Galbis received a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Parsons School of Design in 1992.
A portrait and landscape painter, his work can be found in corporate, university, and private collections throughout the country. His paintings have been accepted into the top annual national juried exhibitions and has been exhibited in numerous group and one man shows. He has been commissioned to paint the portraits of diplomats and deans, loved ones, children and graduates, indoors and outdoors in formal and casual settings, according to the sensibilities of the patron.
Enrique has written two young adult novels based on his sometimes sweet, sometimes bitter, but always magical, childhood experiences in Cuba, the island where he was born.
On his first painting trip back to Cuba, after a thirty-year absence, the memories he had stored away for safekeeping began bubbling up and Enrique started writing. He filled three sketchbooks with stories, observations and memories (instead of drawings,) which became the source for Raining Sardines as well as 90 Miles to Havana.
90 Miles to Havana, a historical fiction, YA Novel, presents a knee-high view of the Cuban Revolution, the author’s departure from Cuba, and then his adventures in the Operation Pedro Pan camps in South Florida.
Raining Sardines, his first book, a fast paced “Magical Realism” YA Novel is based on incidents in Cuban Colonial History and life in Cuba before the Revolution.
Mr. Flores-Galbis teaches private landscape painting workshops in the United States and in Europe. His students have traveled to Vermont, Paris, Provence, and most recently, Tuscany.
As well as teaching painting and drawing technique, he is a lecturer and “art-explainer.” He is able to make “molehills out of mountains” to make art accessible and enjoyable to a wide range of enthusiasts. He frequently gives talks at the Metropolitan, MOMA and the Guggenheim Museums in New York, and is currently teaching a lecture course at New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, in Summit, New Jersey. His lecture courses, presented at various schools are well received and attended.