Juan Lazaro Gutierrez Says Art is the Manifestation of Unspoken Things

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Aug 132016

Juan Lazaro Guiterrez, self portrait of the artist.

Cuban artist Juan Lazaro Gutierrez  speaks about his art.

“I try to express my ideas and thoughts by giving them the exact date of the year in which I finish the canvas.  The inner world and my experiences of my life each day are reflected in my work, but in a non-figurative manner.   The anger, regret and joy that I feel are expressed in my art. Continue reading »

Cuban Artist Andy Cano

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Apr 102016


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


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


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 »