BRONZE BUST OF ALEJANDRO ROBAINA
This sculpture was made in memory of the prestigious tobacco producer (Veguero) who was with us until he was 91 years old.
Bust in tribute to “Don” Alejandro ROBAINA, emblematic figure of Habanos. Designed by Nelson ALFONSO, sculpted by Ingeborg GAZI HERRERA and produced in 2011 in 91 copies for GOLDEN AGE Ltd. 91 referring to the age of Alejandro ROBAINA at his death.
This sculpture measures 37 cm and weighs 6.30 kg:
Since 1845, the ROBAINA family has been producing excellent tobacco in its plantations in Cuchillas de Barbacoa (tobacco district of San Luis, in Vuelta Abajo, province of Pinar del Río).
From Alejandro …
Alejandro ROBAINA was born in Alquízar in the province of La Habana in Cuba. He grew up and lived most of his life in the family finca. In 1950 he took over the plantation where he remained an independent producer despite the Cuban Revolution of 1959, a revolution after which the plantations were absorbed into cooperatives.
… To Don Alejandro
The tobacco leaves from the plantations of finca ROBAINA are often considered among the best in the world and are used in the manufacture of cigars such as COHIBA or HOYO de MONTERREY. Alejandro ROBAINA has been dubbed the “godfather of Cuban tobacco”.
During the 1990s, Alejandro ROBAINA was recognized by the Cuban government as the best tobacco producer in the country.
He received the distinction of Hombre Habano del Año in 2001.
He died in 2010 on his plantation near San Luis in Pinar del Río.
The VEGAS ROBAINA brand
In 1997, Habanos S.A. created the Vegas ROBAINA brand to honor ROBAINA’s achievements. His face becomes one of the best known in the cigars universe worldwide, he is the only cuban tobacco producer to have a brand of Cuban cigars in his name.
Nelson (editor’s note : ALFONSO) is the creator and man behind Atabey Cigars. Born (editor’s note : April 14, 1965) in Havana , Cuba , Nelson is a Visual Artist (Artist, Designer, Photographer and Researcher) and cigar manufacturer.
Since 1999 Nelson created designs for all major brands of cigars from Cuba. He published “Puros Habanos” in four languages, winning the best multimedia publication of Cuban cigars by Habanos S.A.. Nelson Directed the Spanish advertising and communication agency “Golden Age”, where he remains in charge of the image and creativity of all Premium Cuban tobacco brands.
Nelson is the graphic designer and in charge of industrial development in the art of smoking, and the designer of luxury products for brands such as Cohiba, Montecrsito, Partagas, Romeo & Julieta, H. Upmann, Hoyo de Monterrey, among others. Nelson has won First Prize for Innovative Packaging Design and Products , 4 consecutive years (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010) at TFWA in Cannes, France, which was made for Habanos S.A. for the International Duty Free World Wide Show.
In 2010, Nelson Alfonso Designed Cuba’s most luxurious cigar brand Cohiba “Behike” while he began drafting cigar brands (editor’s note : Not cuban) “Atabey“, “Byron” and “Bandolero“.
Source : patch.com (3 juin 2014)
Ingeborg GAZI HERRERA
Born to Argentinian parents in Barcelona (Spain) in 1979.
Graduated in Sculpture at the National University of Córdoba (Argentina). Technical studies of industrial ceramics at the Fernando Arranz Córdoba ceramics high school (Argentina). Graphic design studies at CIFO (Spain).
She currently lives, works and teaches in the mountains of Córdoba (Argentina)”
Website : https://linktr.ee/ingeborg.
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