Nelson Dominguez was born in Baire, Santiago de Cuba in1947.
Nelson Dominguez studied at the Cubanacan National Art School from 1965 to 1970. He was a teacher at the same school from 1970 to 1985. He was a professor and head of the Painting Department of the College of Arts (ISA) and faculty member of its Engraving Department. Dominguez is a member of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) and of the International Association of Plastic Artists (AIAP). He was presented with the National Cultural award and the Alejo Carpentier award.
From his roots, Nelson Dominguez approached the rural world with humor, delicacy and poetry. The natural and the human entwine in his works in an atmosphere of stories and legends reminiscent of the path cleared by Victor Manuel, Amelia Peláez and Carlos Enriquez - the pioneers of the Cuban avant-garde. But he faces it with originality. “My memories of the Sierra Maestra live in me because for someone who has titled the soil since childhood, the countryside is like the past/present constantly within oneself: the land and nature are always with me wherever I go” says the artist. At the time of the triumph of the Revolution -he adds- “We lived in Caney de las Mercedes, in the Sierra Maestra, and that's how I began to study at the "Camilo Cienfuegos" school. There was a painting workshop there. One day out of curiosity, I went in. I liked it and stayed doing ceramics. I also engraved and painted. Curiously enough, I've kept on doing those three things which I love deeply”.
Many adventures await Nelson who still paints with his same original passion. He knows he has left many miles behind him and works at his studio like an artisan and a magician, his back turned to every recipe designed to tame fantasy.