(Havana, Cuba, 1958)
Lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. Solo exhibitions include Nothing to Learn, Galeria Habana, Havana (2011); Some Information is Now Available, Teck Gallery, Vancouver; Tonel, Miart 08, Milan International Art Fair of Modern and Contemporary Art, Paolo Maria Deanesi Gallery, Milan (both 2008); A Music of The Body, Paolo Maria Deanesi Gallery, Roveretto (2006); Tonel, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco (2002); Some of the Houses, Several Documents, the Rocket, Detour 888, San Francisco; and Tonel: Lessons of Solitude, Art in General, New York (both 2001). Selected group exhibitions include Disturbing Narratives: Cuevas, Toledo, and Tonel, Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Texas; The Billboard Project (Seeing Peace), San Francisco International Arts Festival, San Francisco (both 2008); Face to face. The Daros Collections, Zürich; Cuba Avant Garde: Arte Contemporáneo cubano de la Colección Farber, Museo Harn, Gainesville and John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; and Killing Time, Exit Art, New York (all 2007). Tonel graduated in Art History from The University of Havana, Cuba in 1982. He was the recipient of a John S. Guggenheim Fellowship for painting and installation art in 1995 and won the Cuban Artists Fund Award of the Cuban Artists Fund in New York in 2003.