Dec 042011



Contemporary Art in Havana

A new gallery recently opened its doors about a month ago in Havana.  This is another art gallery in Havana showcasing contemporary Cuban art to be added to your list of must-visit galleries in Havana. El Trasgu Art Gallery is owned by art specialist and curator Hilda M. Barrio.  It is located in old Havana in a beautiful old building with its entrance on the Paseo del Prado at the corner of Virtudes, Habana Vieja.  You’ll also find three good Cuban restaurants in the same building featuring international and Cuban food on their menus.

Ms Barrio opened the gallery to help promote the contemporary Cuban artists she is working with.  Her mission is to promote and sell art not only produced by the recognized names of the Cuban art world, but also the art work of the younger generation of Cuban artists emerging from the art schools and universities of Havana.  What is most exciting in the Cuban art world today is the works by younger artists in Cuba.

The current exhibition which is the first exhibition at the El Trasgu Art Gallery is entitled “Colorful.”  It opened in the last week of November and will be on display until March of 2012.

Exiting new works by artists including Enrico Álvarez Rodríguez, Harold López, Jurgen Rodríguez, Naidel Herrera, Claudio Sosa among others are on display.  Oil on canvas, acrylic on canvas paintings and works of collage/ mixed media are featured in the  exciting new exhibit, “Colorful,” on now at the El Trasgu Gallery.  Modern Cuba as seen through the eyes of young artists is the theme portrayed throughout these paintings.

We will showcase more of  the paintings and artists of “Colorful” at El Trasgu Gallery in the near future.

Below is one of the paintings from “Colorful”  by Enrico Álvarez Rodríguez from his DNA series, titled “Natacha la Especialista” (Natacha the Specialist), 2010, acrylic on canvas, measuring 150 x 125cm on sale at the gallery for $1,200 USD.


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