Apr 102016
 

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Andy Cano was born in 1982 in Santiago de Cuba, the city known as “the capital of Afro-Cuban culture”. He was grown in an ambient full of art. He started playing the guitar when he was a little child and he has played in the band that he formed and named “Los Chicos del Barrio – The Kids of the Suburb” in national and international festivals for many years.

In 2000, he had the opportunity to travel to Europe on a music tour with his band, with the sponsorship of UNESCO. He came to realize his passion and talent for painting, while he stayed with the Spanish painter Manuel in Paris-Montmartre, as a part of the tour. In 2001 Manuel visited Cuba and they have prepared exhibitions together in several cultural centers. Continue reading »

Pastoral Scene by the Artist Oscar

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Mar 192016
 

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This is a pastoral scene painted in 1983? by a Cuban artist named Oscar.  The work of art is signed.

The painting is an example of artists who painted in the modern era adhering to the impressionistic style of art.  It is owned by a family in Havana who wish to sell the painting privately.  It was a gift to the family from the artist.  The family has owned the painting for 33 years. Continue reading »

Memories of Dentrás del muro – last year’s Biennial

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Mar 042016
 

Some memories of the Havana Biennial 2015 – images from the exhibit “Dentrás del muro” on the Malecón – the seawall of Havana.

There were few tourists in the streets, June was a month of heat, humidity and rain.  Only Cubans walked along the Malecón at this time.  The press had departed, notes in hand.  Those with permission to visit had left, their hearts and imagination lifted, dreaming of their next return.

Children joyfully climbed up into the art to experience it in the way that only those who are truly free can. Their parents took photos.  Lovers strolled along the Malecón holding hands, gazing out towards the sea imagining their love will last forever.  Those caught in the precious space between the freedom of the child and the chains of the adult collected together with a cheerful sense of belonging to something wonderful. They checked their phones while they sat on the ledge of the wall, laughing, dancing, never suspecting this time will end too.  A man played a saxophone.  In the street the art became tangible; the structure of its form reached out to the people of the city.  It was something concrete to embrace, accessible and touchable for all.

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The Havana Biennial – a global event

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Jun 022015
 

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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. Continue reading »

The light in Cuban eyes

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Jun 022015
 

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“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. Continue reading »