He was born in Matanzas. From 1963 he published sketches and cartoons for Cuban magazines and newspapers. He was the creator, in 1970, of Elpidio Valdés, a cartoon character (and series) with more than sixty shorts and two feature-length movies. Padrón received international attention for Vampires in Havana, an adult-oriented comedy feature that gathered a cult following abroad.
Padrón directed six animated feature films in total, along with many shorts, especially those with Elpidio Valdés as the main character; and the one-minute comedy sketches for adults "Filminutos".
In 2008, Padrón was selected as the recipient of Cuba's National Film Award.
On March 24th, 2020 Juan Padron died in Havana, Cuba after having been in the hospital in Intensive Care for several days due to a lung disease.
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- "Cuba's 2008 National Film Award was unanimously granted to filmmaker Juan Padron". Cuba Headlines. 27 February 2008. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
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