Was born in Bilbao, Spain in 1830. He came to Cuba in 1863, painter active for much of his career in Cuba. He is the best-known Cuban painter of costumbrismo. His paintings provide a valuable view of nineteenth-century Cuban society. His works also depict a somewhat idealized view of plantation life.
Friendly but satirical, his paintings of scenes take place in small format, that except casual forays into other genres, are genre pictures. Their bright colors and drawings achieved in the similar to painting watercolors qualities and realistically capture the light of the country. For domestic slave, choose cozy interiors and cooled by the shade of the colonial house. For free slaves, the streets of the city offer freedom of movement and expression to the elegant and graceful, always cheerful figures.