Jorge Camacho, born January 5, 1934 in Havana, and died March 30, 2011 in Paris, is a painter, draftsman, Cuban engraver linked to surrealism.
In 1952, he abandoned his law studies to devote himself entirely to painting.
In Mexico, in 1959, he met the painter José Luis Cuevas and together they undertook a long journey to the sources of Mayan culture.
Camacho arrived in Paris in 1959, where he found his friend, the sculptor Agustín Cárdenas who introduced him to André Breton in 1961. He quickly joined the surrealist group. “The one who traps”, as Breton called it in 1964, will remain faithful to his first commitments.
Jorge Camacho’s pictorial space approaches tortured worlds, where the most sophisticated esotericism rubs shoulders with a surprising shamanism. Beyond these brands, Jorge Camacho’s paintings express a poetic universe, under the refined lighting of a fawn palette.
Writing, photography, music – he was a lover of jazz and flamenco – just like his passion for alchemy, occultism or ornithology are decisive additions to his work as a painter.
He illustrated in particular the poetic works of Jean-Pierre Duprey, Gilbert Lely, Guy Cabanel, Joyce Mansour, Claude Tarnaud.
He translated poems by Magloire Saint-Aude from Spanish to French.
Jorge Camacho has lived and worked between Paris and Andalusia since 1975.
“Everyone talks about surrealism, but very few understand it,” Jorge Camacho.