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Cuban Sculptor Rita Longa Dies

May 30, 2000

HAVANA (AP) _ Cuban sculptor Rita Longa, whose bronze and marble creations grace the capital’s Bellas Artes Palace and the Tropicana nightclub, died of a heart attack, state media reported Tuesday. She was 87.

Longa began her sculpting career in the 1930s, and won Cuba’s National Salon Award for Painting and Sculpture in 1938. She received international recognition at the 1951 Gold Medal Exhibition in New York.

In Cuba, she directed the Center for Monumental and Environmental Sculpture, and received the National Award for Visual Arts in 1995.

Her death was reported by the Communist Party daily Granma and the official Prensa Latina news service. A funeral service was to be held Wednesday in the Cuban capital.

Longa, a widow, is survived by a son and a granddaughter.

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