Henry Navarro is a multidisciplinary artist and designer whose range of expression covers fashion and costume design, installation art, sculpture and painting. He has given lectures on art theory and philosophy at the Superior Art Institute in Cuba and wrote an interactive online textbook on twentieth-century fashion for the Academy of Art Institute.
Navarro obtained his MFA and BFA in Sculpture and Ceramics, respectively, from art schools in Cuba, where he worked as an art director for theater and freelance fashion designer before moving to California. He has obtained prizes for his design work in theater festivals in Havana. His installations, sculptures, and paintings have been shown in museums and galleries in Cuba and California.
With their elaborate simplicity, Navarro’s pieces offer an aperture toward intellectual and sensorial experiences. Garments, images, and sculptures provide him with a way of engaging with others; with fabrics, paint, or clay, creating for him is an intense learning experience that he passes on to others as they interact with the pieces.
Throughout his professional career, Navarro has successfully combined his artistic practice with a passion for teaching. He has served as the cochair of the Ceramics department at the San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy in Havana, and in addition to being a lecturer for the CCA Fashion Design Program, Navarro also teaches at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and the Academy of Art University.