|Photo from R. Vezina's Affiches de Cuba 1959 - 1996 web site||
Bachs' last poster, for the ICOGRADA meeting
Semana del disegno grafico in Havana, June 2001
Moving cinema, 1969
from Lincoln Cushing's Cuban posters web site
Eduardo Munoz Bachs and Rene Mederos, 1995
Photo from Lincoln Cushing
As reported in the recent ICOGRADA newsletter,
the great cuban poster designer and children's book illustrator Eduardo Munoz Bachs has died in Havana
on July 22, 2001 .
Born on April 12, 1937 in Valencia, Spain, Bachs came to Cuba with his parents in 1941. With no formal training in graphic design, he made the first poster, in 1960, for the ICAIC, the Instituto Cubano de Arte e Industria Cinematografica that was founded shortly after the cuban revolution to produce and promote cuban films.
The association with ICAIC lasted for a lifetime, and Bachs made over 2000 movie posters for them. He is counted among the greatest cuban poster designers, .. el maestro del cartel cubano de todos los tiempos, and has contributed, together with Raul Martinez, Antonio Fernandez Reboiro, Felix Beltran, Rene Azcuy, Rene Mederos, Antonio Perez Gonzalez "Niko" and Alfredo Gonzalez Rostgaard, to the international admiration that the colorful cuban posters of the 1970's have enjoyed.
Here are some of his posters that I found on the web: Click on the picture to go to the source page.
A biography by Raymond Vezina (in french)
A short biography (in spanish)
An interview with Bachs, in 1995, with Jesus Vega
Lincoln Cushing's web page on cuban posters, with 27 Bachs posters
The cuban poster homepage, with many posters, interviews, faq, links
Cuban movie posters from the 1980's, with several examples from Bachs
An article on Bachs' movie posters, by Sergio Lopez Garcia (in spanish)
Bachs importance for ICAIC, with a picture of the artist
Two Bachs posters from an exhibition at the International Institute for Social History, Amsterdam
Two posters in the cuban poster collection of a french spanish teacher
Bachs last poster "Semana del Disegno Grafica", for the ICOGRADA meeting in La Habana, June 2001