Obviously, we were very excited about finding the artist Manuel A. Alvarez Suazo (Lolo) busy in his studio on Obispo street painting for his upcoming exhibition in Denmark, theme: the classic American car seen in the streets of Havana. We love his photo realism and his surreal perspective. His work is unmistakably Cuban and highly interesting.
More paintings here from the Cuban artist “Lolo,” also known as Manuel A. Alvarez Suazo of Havana. These paintings are the works he is currently busy painting for his upcoming exhibition in Denmark.
As mentioned in a previous posting, Cuban artist Manuel A. Alvarez Suazo, “Lolo,” was busy painting a new series of paintings for an art exhibition to take place in Denmark. The new theme of his work is the old classic American cars of the 1950s which can be seen everywhere on the streets of Cuba. Prior to this, he had been working on a series of paintings featuring the city of Havana. He had painted the skyline of Havana, the beautiful balconies of Havana, his city. This is one of the paintings of his visions of the city of Havana still remaining in his studio.
Strolling along the Obispo in Old Havana, one finds many artists’ workshops and galleries. If you are in search of Cuban art, you must talk a walk on this very famous street called the Obispo. Many of the little shops along Obispo sell what can be labelled as “tourist art” or what we have fondly nicknamed “Bodeguita” art. It’s “cute,” produced for the masses, but not what we are in search of. Tourist art or “Bodeguita”art is what the artists of Havana paint for tourist souvenirs for a quick profit for survival in Cuba. It is mass produced and features time and time again the quickly painted images of Cuban cars, sexy Cuban nudes – like “velvet paintings” or the street where you’ll find one of the most famous tourist hangouts – a very lively bar in Havana called La Bodeguita del Medio. The sign for La Bodeguita del Medio dominates the paintings and everyone seems to want one as a souvenir of their Cuban holiday.