José Bedia studied art formally in Cuba at the San Alejandro School from 1972 to 1976 and at the Instituto Superior de Arte from 1976 to 1981. There he was instructed in the conventional genres of Western art as well as a bit of Socialist Realism.
Bedia served in the Cuban Army for a short time. He was stationed in Angola, where he had opportunities to broaden his knowledge of African art and culture. In 1985 Bedia made his first visit to the United States for a four-month artist’s residency. He also participated in a traveling show titled, “New Art in Cuba”.
Bedia’s art gained international recognition in 1987 when he represented Cuba in the XIX Bienal Internacional de Sao Paulo, followed by his participation in the 1989 “Magiciens de la Terre” exhibition at the Pompidou Center in Paris.
Bedia left Havana in 1990 and spent several years in Mexico City where he exhibited with Galeria Nina Menocal and was part of a community of young Cuban artists. In 1993, Bedia moved again, to Miami.
His work has been the focus of numerous exhibitions including, “José Bedia: De Donde Vengo” in 1994 at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and the Center for Fine Arts in Miami.