The international art world has descended on Havana to savor its 12th Biennial art exhibition. With the current thawing of US – Cuba relations, many might be tempted to think this is the first time the world has visited. In fact, since the late 1980s to early 1990s, Cuba has been opening up its beauty to the world. Every two years since 1984, Havana has presented both its own artists and international artists to join in the celebration of art of the South and North.
“The light in Cuban eyes”, so gentle and beautiful the title of a new book of a collection of photographs by Cuban photographers amassed by Madeleine P. Plonsker, the philanthropist. Ms. Plonsker of Lake Forest College in the U.S. has traveled to Cuba since 2002. Photographs by many unknown Cuban photographers make up this collection of photography which cover the “Special Period” in Cuba.
Cuba’s “Special Period” refers to a time when the financial relationship between Cuba and the Soviet Union ended in 1989 resulting in a time of extreme economic hardship for the Cuban people. Combined with the American embargo against Cuba, food shortages, medicine, petroleum, power outages and other necessities of life contributed to the extreme suffering of the people.
If you’re planning on attending the upcoming 12th Biennale Havana 2015 which opens this May 22 and will run until June 22, 2015, you’ll want this book, “Cutting Edge Art in Havana – 100 Cuban Artists,” in hand. Cutting Edge Art in Havana – 100 Cuban Artists is written by authors Mayret Gonzalez-Martinez, Osmany Suarez-Rivero and Yoanna Toledo-Leyva. The book is edited by Anthony Rubenstein and Mylena Saurez-Perez with design by Darwin Fornes-Baez.
The 12th Biennale Havana 2015 program and artists have been announced on the official Havana Bienale website. The twelfth edition of the Biennale is scheduled to open May 22 and will run until June 22, 2015.
The city will become the official exhibition space during the one month long of exhibits and performances combining various artistic expressions such as theater, cinema, music, and dance.
The sometimes dark, sometimes comical blend of surrealism found in Havana artist Omar Alonso’s work can be found in this numbered print of his. This work is from 2009, in which he uses an engraving technique with dry point on formica. The work is a representation of a woman playing music while dancing. She is, Alonso says like an actress of the Latin jazz scene. Alonso unlocks for the purpose of externalization a dark complex personal world, in chromatic austerity.
This numbered print by Omar Alonso is from a collection of prints by the artist. It is a new acquisition at Ateneo Art Cuba. This print measures 5″ x 9″ inches in size with a border, making the entire print 9″ x 14 1/4″.
Omar Alonso is a self-trained artist and graphic artist working in a variety of media. He is a member of ACCA. He can be found surrounded by his works on the Mercaderes, no.120 in old Havana in a small gallery. The gallery can be found on the way to Plaza Habana Vieja.