The Flores-Carbonell Collection was established in Miami in 2006 by Miguel Flores and Rudenz H. Carbonell. Since 2005, we began our appreciation for the richness and diversity of Cuban art after being exposed to the talents of artists from the Eastern part of Cuba on our visit to Santiago de Cuba. Partially because of political factors or due to travel restrictions, not much was known in the United States about the scene of contemporary Cuban art, or works of visual artists living and working in today's Cuba, but Cuban art has been flourishing in Europe, Latin America and elsewhere for a long time.
Our own collection of Cuban art shows a variety of artists, academics and self-taught, living in Cuba even though some have already moved abroad. Many of them are known internationally and exhibit regularly in European art galleries and others abroad. They include Jose Maria Mijares, Pedro Pablo Oliva, Zaida del Río, José Julián Aguilera, Luis Denis Gallardo CastroMiguel Angel Botalin Ramon Unzueta, Orlando Naranjo, Josevelio Abreau, Vicente Dopico-Lerner, Jose Maria Carbonell, Yendi Tomas Estrada Cancino and Roberto Fabelo, along with others.