Rigoberto Rosales Jalil (1976), was born in Camagüey (Cuba). 1991 - sculpture and drawing course (Vocational School of Arts, Camagüey); 1995 - sculpture and drawing course (Professional School of Arts Camagüey); 2001 - sculpture and drawing course (Art Institute - ISA Havana). He taught sculpture at the Art Academy Vicentina de la Torre, Camagüey and in the Academy "San Alejandro" Havana. He is a member of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC). It is represented in private collections in Portugal, Austria, Spain, El Salvador, Italy, Germany, Lebanon, Brazil, USA and Cuba.
Diago has exhibited internationally and most recently participated in the 2015 Havana Biennial. He was named one of “Six Contemporary Artists You Need to Know About” by Christies in 2015. Diago’s work addresses issues of racism, the African Diaspora and religion in Cuba. His cultural roots and identity are explored through the use of a variety of materials. The subtly beautiful beige-white canvases with patchwork and braiding are reminiscent of keloid scaring, representing the brutality inflicted on African slaves. His series Variaciones de Oggun includes large-scale metal assemblages, alluding to the fragmentation and decomposition of ethnic and religious discourse. They also provide a symbolic tribute to the Abakuá religious figure of Ogun—a warrior and powerful spirit of metalwork. The recycled scraps are intentionally left in their original color and battered state, providing an introspective view of modern day life in Cuba.