Mariano Rodríguez (1912 - 1990) was born in Havana and was interested in drawing and painting since boyhood. At age 24 he went to Mexico and met the painter Rodríguez Lozano, who assisted him during his early development. Returning to Cuba, he devoted himself entirely to his painting. In 1937 he was appointed assistant professor at the Escuela Libre de Pintura.
His most characteristic works depict "Gallos" or Roosters.
Mariano's technique then bore a close resemblance to that of the modern Mexicans but he was already striking out in his own direction, experimenting with chromatic valuations and searching for a vehicle to express his personality. Mariano has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, NY and the Museum of Art, San Francisco. His watercolours are on permanent exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, NY.