Mangrove Snapper, 9 x 18 inches, Intaglio
       
     
The Full Tub, 18 x 24 inches, intaglio
       
     
Mangrove Snapper, 9 x 18 inches, Intaglio
       
     
Mangrove Snapper, 9 x 18 inches, Intaglio

Papito Suarez 1934 – 1997

 

Born Faustino Suarez in Guanabacoa, Cuba, Papito arrived in the United States in 1956. After visiting Key West he fell in love with the island and his wife Camelia and lived in the neighborhood known as Gatoville. His Cuban passion and love for art and music was a natural bound for him and his friends Mario Sanchez, Perucho Sanchez and Tony Barcelo.

Many of Mario Sanchez neighbors recognized his unique talent which became a traditional Key West folk art technique.  (Intaglio, painted-carved wood)  Mario was highly successful and as his fame grew a whole “school” and economy developed in Gatoville, his neighborhood. Papito was one of these carvers who also painted on canvas and walls. 

 

He loved to paint images of the ocean, smugglers, rafters, pelicans, sailing boats, power boat races, rooster fights and images of Cuba and Key West.
There was a famous mural by Papito on the wall of at least one restaurant featuring rum smugglers.

 

 

Born Faustino Suarez in Guanabacoa, Cuba, he arrived in the United States in 1956. After visiting Key West he fell in love with his wife Camelia and the neighborhood known as Gatoville. His Cuban passion and love for art and music was a natural bound for him and his friends Mario and Perucho Sanchez and Tony Barcelo.



The Full Tub, 18 x 24 inches, intaglio
       
     
The Full Tub, 18 x 24 inches, intaglio