Adriana Billini (1865-1946), first female artist of the diaspora

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Adriana Billini Gautreau (1865-1946), daughter of Epifanio Billini (1820-1891), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The first female artist of the diaspora.

At a young age her family moves to Cuba where Adriana studies art at the San Alejandro Academy in Habana. She had a notable career as an artist in Habana, where she opened an art workshop "El Salvador" in 1889, and edited a book for learning to draw.

In 1906, she became an art teacher at the San Alejandro Academy. She was one of the founders of the Círculo de Bellas Artes de La Habana. In 1927, Adriana traveled to Santo Domingo for the first time to exhibit her work.

Photo of Adriana Billini
Photograph of Adriana Billini, c. unknown
The Chef, a painting by Adriana Billini
"The Chef" by Adriana Billini
Oil on canvas, c. 1885
Portrait of a girl, a painting by Adriana Billini
"Portrait of a young girl" by Adriana Bilini
Oil on canvas, c. unknown
Portrait of a woman, a painting by Adriana Billini
"Portrait of a woman" by Adriana Bilini
Oil on canvas, c. unknown
Portrait of a woman, a painting by Adriana Billini
"Portrait of a woman" by Adriana Bilini
Oil on wood, c. 1920
The virgin, a painting by Adriana Billini
"The Virgin" by Adriana Bilini
Oil on canvas, c. unknown