Ernesto Milanes Ruiz, Santiago de Cuba, 1967.
He studied in Havana in the Elementary School of Fine Arts and later enrolled at the San Alejandro Academy, where he specialized in sculpture.
Some of his works are in the following locations:
• Pioneers Palace in Holguin. Scrap Monument (Don Quixote)
• Holguin Provincial Party Headquarters (High relief in bronze) "Face of José Martí"
• Interior Ministry Headquarters in Guantanamo. Scrap Monument (Don Quixote)
• Carlos J. Finlay Hospital in Havana. Ceramics (Finlay's bust)
• "Che Guevara" Mural in the Palace of Conventions in Havana. Mirror and glass on wood.
• Cuban flag Mural. Techinque mixed media, resin, glass and canvas. Trabajadores (Workers)Headquarters newspaper.
• Smokers Club "LavidaHabana" Rial, Saudi Arabia.
• Gallery "Cuba 8" on 8th Street in Miami, Florida.
• Gallery " Turquoise House", Cancun, Mexico.
• Cigar Factory "Buena Vista Factory Compay" in Cancun, Mexico.
Private collections in Cuba and other countries. (Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, Italy, USA, Switzerland, France, Panama, Congo, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Czechoslovakia and South Africa.
• Mural Painting at the Center for Medical and Surgical Research (CIMEQ).
• Consulate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela,
- Mural of Martí and Bolívar, Mixed technique
- Cuba and Venezuela Flags on wood.
• Embassy of Malaysia Flag 1x3 mts
• Business Center, APEX Brazil, 5th Ave and 20 Miramar, Brazil Flag
• Embossed wood frame and perfume bottles, Suchel Enterprise
• Cigar Humidor Auction on the occasion of the 15th Anniversary Dinner of Partagas' Friends, A value of 10,000 Euros was reached and it was donated by the artist to the Cuban health in 2008.
• Cigar Humidor Auction on the occasion of the 16th Anniversary Dinner of Partagas' Friends, A value of 7500 Euros was reached and it was donated by the artist to the Cuban health in 2009.
• Cigar Humidor Auction (Chest, small format) on the occasion of the Anniversary Dinner of Partagas' Friends. A value of 5500 Euros was reached and it was donated by the artist to the Cuban health in 2010.
•Mural donated by the artist to the Gulf Polytechnic University, Villa Hermosa, Tabasco. Guadalupe Virgin and Father Hidalgo.
- Bronze relief 'Cuba and Mexico, two wings of a same bird ', donated to government
State of Merida, Yucatan (Mexico).
- Mural 'Flags Qatar and Cuba'. Donation to the Embassy of Qatar in Cuba
December 28, 2001 - January 28, 2002 Collective Exhibition in Cancun, Mexico, Representing Cuba "Turquoise Gallery"
February 14, 2004 - April 14, 2004 Exhibition at the Mella Theatre, Gallery "Tina Modotti" in Havana. "From the Darkness"
March 8, 2004 - April 8, 2004 Personal exhibition in the National Register of Cultural Property in Havana. "Woman Soul"
April 30, 2004 Personal exhibition in the Complex Morro - Cabaña Project "Fusion Havana"
August 2004 Exhibition of works (sculptures and paintings) in the Miramar Trade Center lobby, Building "Havana"
July 3, 2006 - October 25 Personal 2006 Exhibition of sculptures and paintings in the Miramar Trade Center lobby, Building "Jerusalem," "Reflections"
November-December 2006 Collective Exhibition in Beijing building Gallery at the Miramar Trade Center ("10 years Monte Barreto and Art")
January 11 to February 11, 2007 Collective exhibition at San Francisco de Asis Convent "Light of your Absence" in homage to Celia Sanchez and at the Jose Marti Memorial
February 1 to March 1, 2009 Personal Humidor Exhibition "Tribute to Robaina" Casa del Habano 5th and 16th, Havana
March 3 - May 10, 2009 Personal Humidors Exhibition. Lobby of the "Atlantis" building
March 27 - April 30, 2009 Collective Exhibition "Crisis" in Hall 23 Expocuba (Flags)
March 27 - April 30, 2009 Collective Exhibition "Pure Coincidence" in Hall 22 Expocuba (Abstract works)
May 20, 2009 - Humidor Personal Exhibition "Pure Art" in the lobby of the Jerusalem building. Miramar Trade Center
February 2010 Personal exhibition at his own stand "ARTEPURO" (Pure Art) Palace of Conventions, on the occasion of the Habano Festival.
August 9 to 13, 2010 Participation with "The Clique" of Miami in the 78th IPCPR event (International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association) showing 13 humidors with great acceptance in the cigar world in New Orleans, USA.
February 2011 Habanos Festival at the stand of CIMEX.
Abril 2011 National Register of Cultural Goods, on the occasion of International Women's Day.
March 2012 Personal exhibition in the gallery "Carlos Misrachi, Presidente Hotel, Mexico, DF
January 2013 Collective Exhibition Gallery Turquoise, Cancun, Quintana Roo State, Mexico.
April 2014 Personal exhibition at the Trump Tower in Panama, Pure Art Store.
February 20, 2015 Personal Exhibition in the Republic Senate, Mexico City, Mexico.
Articles published about the artist and his work
Newspaper Trabajadores 08/12 / 2006 Personal interview entitled "Otherness and symbolism of the mirror"
Havana Radio Station Radio 13/01/2007 Collective exhibition "Light of your Absence" to homage Celia Sanchez in San Francisco de Asis Convent
Newspaper Trabajadores 14/01/2007 Article entitled "Lights of your presence" also on the occasion of the exhibition in homage to Celia Sanchez Maduley
Newspaper Trabajadores 08/06/2007 Article entitled "Ernesto Milanes: Cuban Essence" on the occasion of the delivery of a Cuban flag replica, written by Ernesto Milanés, in honor of the 37th anniversary of the foundation of this newspaper
Cultural magazine "The Jiribilla" 15-21 / 09/2007 Article entitled "Other love stories" following the collective exhibition held in Camaguey, in the Universal Art Gallery Alejo Carpentier in tribute to our Commander entitled "Thinking of Fidel"
Magazine Epicur Fourth Edition 2008 Spain Publication of a humidor picture belonging to the artist that was auctioned at the Dinner of Partagas' Friends at 10000.00 USD, donated to the Cuban health.
Cubaplus Canadian Journal Vol. 9 Spring 2009 Publication of an article about the artist and his humidors "Ernesto Milanes, Art and Cigars, Hand in Hand".
Newspaper "La Jornada", Mexico 21/07/2009 "The humidor should be comfortable for the Habano and kind to the smoker," following an interview with a correspondent of this publication.
Cuban Portal Cuba Si 13/07/2009 Article entitled "Ernesto Milanes Pure Art", on the occasion of the exhibition of artistic humidors held in Jerusalem Building Gallery of Miramar Trade Center.
Newspaper Excelsior, Mexico (14 Feb.2015) Ernesto Milanés: Joins the Honor Legion
Newspaper Excelsior, Mexico (Feb.21, 2015) Honor to Ernesto Milanés. "Smoke: Inspiration for sculpting".
Newspaper Excelsior, Mexico (April 2, 2015) Artist Ernesto Milanés will sculpt Zapata and Villa.
Newspaper Excelsior, Mexico (July 24) Ernesto Milanes: Named Ambassador of Mexico Lovers Foundation in Cuba.
Magazine TV y más, year 11, No. 582 Article 'Ernesto Milanes' passion for the cigar.
August 12, 2010 Pope Benedict XVI gives him the Apostolic Blessing.
July 2012. Recognition from the Council of Public Security and Law Enforcement of DF, Mexico for his contributions and actions of his artistic and cultural project 'Pure Art' in Mexico City.
June 7, 2013 Pope Francis gives him the Apostolic Blessing.
December 7, 2013 Recognition from the Cuban Consulate in Cancun for his participation in the Cuba Cultural Days in Cancun, Mexico.
February 20, 2015 Received the title Dr. Honoris Causa, awarded by the University Cultural American Institute of F. D., Mexico.
March 2015 Receives 'Excelsis' Award (2015-2016)
March 31, 2015 Receives recognition from the Broadcasters Association of Mexico.
May 20, 2015 Joins the foundation " Mexico Lovers".
July 3, 2015 Won the Golden Microphone 2015, awarded by the Mexico Broadcasters Association for his outstanding career as a sculptor.
July 23, 2015 He is appointed by the Foundation "Mexico Lovers" as Cuba's Ambassador to that foundation.
October 12, 2015 Enters as a member of the Legion of National Honor of Mexico at a ceremony. The Legion has as objectives to contribute to the progress and aggrandizement of Mexico and strengthening its democratic institutions.
October 21, 2015 He is received in the Vatican by Pope Francisco, where he gives one of his works to the Supreme Pontiff.
October 23, 2015 Sponsors the Consul of Ecuador in Milan, Italy, where she was given an Honoris Causa Doctorate
October 2012 Inauguration of the Studio Workshop "Pure Art", owned by the Artist, at Calle 11 No. 704 (basement), which maintains a permanent exhibition of his works.
Opening in May 2013 of the Store 'Pure Art Panamà' at the Donald Trump Tower in Panama, where his humidors are sold.
Since 2010 until today, he has a personal exhibition of his work in the gallery Misrachi in Mexico City, Mexico.
Since 2011 until today, he has a personal exhibition at Trump Tower, Pure Art Store in Panama.
He also exhibits his works in: Casa del Habano, 5th. And 16 Avenues, Miramar Playa.
Casa del Habano, Meliá Habana, Miramar, Playa.