Painter and art professor Rogelio Cobas studied painting and sculpture at the Academy of St. Alexander and other art institutes in Cuba. He works to preserve native Cuban culture through his works in wood and other materials that convey the sensuality of forms. He is influenced by African imagery and culture, just as Cuba has been highly influenced by African culture. Cobas expresses forms taken from nature and the imagination. He has broken from established convention and his art is a personal vehicle of the interplay between the abstract and figurative, the decorative and poetic, the serious and whimsical. Cobas’ work is highly prized because of its limited availability.