Aristides E. Hernandez

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Arístides Esteban Hernández Guerrero (ARES.)

Ares was born in Havana, Cuba on September 2, 1963. His education included the study of medicine (Graduated in 1987) and psychiatry (Graduated in 1993). His first cartoon was published in 1984
Ares has made oil paintings and animated films; he currently works in Havana as a freelance artist and illustrator (mainly children’s books). His works have been published around the world.
He has won 132 international awards and has published twenty two books. He has illustrated more than eighty books and has worked in TV and film with some of his works being used to make short animated films (Filminutos).
He has given lectures on the subject of cartoon and comic art in Cuba, Iran, Mexico, Colombia, Turkey, Canada, Spain, Venezuela and Finland and has served as a judge in a number of international cartoon contests in Mexico, Italy, Brazil, Turkey, Cuba, Iran…
In 1994, Ares was nominated by Witty World Magazine (USA) to be included in the list of the best cartoonists of the world, nominated in Cuba for the Quevedos Iberoamerican Cartoon Award and was included in the Memory Book project as one of the most relevant visual artists of Cuba in the 20th Century. He is included in the survey of the Twenty Most Outstanding Cuban Cartoonists Of The 20th Century.
In 2002, Ares received the National Culture Medal from the Cuban Cultural Minister, He is the vice-president of the Cuban Artists and Writers Union (UNEAC) and vice-president of the Comic and Cartoon cathedra of the Jose Marti International Journalism Institute.