Conrado Massaguer

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1889 Born in Cárdenas, Matanzas.
1892 His family moves to Havana.
1896-1908 Lives in Mérida, Yucatán. Publishes his first caricatures in magazines and newspapers.
1908 Moves back to Havana. Works as a baseball caricaturist for “El Mundo.” Collaborates with “El Figaro,” “Cuba,” “América,” “Letras,” and others.
1910 Founds “Mercurio,” his first advertising agency, together with Laureano Rodríguez Castells.
1911 Sets up his first solo exhibition of caricatures in the Havana Athenaeum.
1912 Publishes his first Broadway drawings in the New York American Journal.
1913-1918 Works as an editor for  “Gráfico.”
1916 Starts “Social” with his brother Oscar. Contributors: Carpentier, Guillén, Chacón y Calvo, Enrique José Varona and others. Establishes la Unión de Artes Gráficas and the advertising agency Kesevén Anuncios.
1919 Publishes “Carteles.” Exhibits in the gallery “Jean Charpentier” in Paris and goes to the League of Nations in Geneva as the art editor of the King Features Syndicate.
1921 Founds la Primera Exposición de Humor (the First Humor Exhibition).
1923 Publishes the book “Guignol,” a collection of his caricatures.
1924 Temporarily moves to New York. Collaborates with “Life,” “The New Yorker,” “Collier’s,” “Vanity Fair,” “American Magazine,” “Red Book,” “Cosmopolitan,” “Literary Digest,” “Sunday World,” “Town and Country.”
1927 Publishes “Sobremesa sabática,” immensely successful among the members of Grupo Minorista. It features the caricatures of Emilio Roig de Leuchsenring, Fernando Ortiz, José Manuel Acosta, Juan José Sicre, Jaime Valls Díaz, Rubén Martínez Villena, Juan Marinello, Jorge Mañach, Alejo Carpentier, José Antonio Fernández de Castro, Antonio Gattorno Águila, José Zacarías Tallet.
1929 Exhibits in the gallery “Jean Charpentier” in Paris and goes to the League of Nations in Geneva as the art editor of the King Features Syndicate.
1931-1937 Political exile in the US.
1933 Illustrates the book “People worth talking about” by Cosmo Hamilton.
1944 Awarded the rank of Knight of the National Order Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, Commander of the National Order of the Red Cross and Knight of the Finlay Order.
1945-1949 Works as a caricaturist for the newspaper “Información.”
1952 Accepted the position of public relations director of the Cuban Institute of Tourism.
1965 Publishes his autobiography. Dies on October 18, 1965 in Havana.

(Retrieved from the website Cubarte Gallery)

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