René de la Nuez is a Cuban cartoonist from San Antonio de los Baños, a town in the Artemisa Province of Cuba. He published his first caricatures in the local paper Páginas del Círculo from the age of 16. He was also the cartoonist for the region's student's magazine and for the official bulletin of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. By 1956 he was a contributor to the humorous weekly Zig-Zag with his 'Loquito', one of the emblematic characters of Cuba's cartoon humor.
In 1959 he created 'Don Cizaño' for the reactionary press, that was followed by 'Mogollón' and then 'El Barbudo' for the Granma paper. His strip 'Napoleón' ran in the comics supplement of the newspaper Información in the late 1950s. Nuez has received over hundred national and international awards for his cartoons, that have been collected in several book publications. He has also worked as a painter, and he is one of the driving forces behind comics and cartoon conventions and meetings in the Artemisa region.