Edgar Soberón was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba in 1962. He studied at Parsons School of Design in New York where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 1987. He was awarded the Brunschwig and Fils Scholarship to study abroad at Parsons and the American College in Paris, France and Sienna, Italy in 1986. Since then his work has been published, collected and exhibited nationally and internationally.
Soberón had his first solo exhibition in 1998 at the Associated American Artists gallery in New York City. He has participated in numerous exhibitions since, including two important still life survey exhibitions: Silent Things Secret Things, Still Life from Rembrandt to the Millennium, Albuquerque Museum of Art, Albuquerque, New Mexico and Reflections of Time and Place, Latin American Still Life in The 20th Century, Katonah Museum Of Art, Katonah, N.Y. and El Barrio Museum, New York, N.Y. In 2004 Soberón's prints were on display at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum of Art, New Brunswick, N.J. as part of an exhibit entitled Newer Genres: Twenty Years of the Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios. In 2004, his work became part of the Permanent Collection at the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, DC.
In the fall of 2009, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama organised a retrospective exhibition that brought together a selection of 43 paintings and works on paper from the last ten years. Movements in Stillness: The Still life paintings of Edgar Soberón, was the artists first solo museum exhibition in the United States. The catalog for the exhibition, " Movements in Stillness, The Still Life Paintings of Edgar Soberon" was published with an essay by the distinguished historian of Latin American Art, Professor Edward J. Sullivan of New York University.
Soberón joined the faculty at Parsons School of Design in 1992 where he remained as adjunct instructor of Drawing and Printmaking with the Foundation and Fine Arts programs until 2002. In 1996 the New School University and Parsons School of Design recognized Soberón with the distinguished Teaching Excellence Award for his outstanding contributions in art education.
In 2002, after a year on sabbatical from his post at Parsons, Soberón relocated his studio to central Mexico. He presently lives and works in the town of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.