Whilst in Havana, we saw many examples of collage as a contemporary form of art. Three examples caught our attention. Beautiful women, Havana Club rum, perfect mojitos, music everywhere and text from newspapers and magazines. It reminds us of a Cuban singer we once heard sing. He called himself the Cuban Johnny Cash. His voice was deep and rich and powerful when he spoke and when he sung those lovely old Cuban songs. He said his voice came from years of Cuban rum and cigars. Old world Cuba and Juventud Rebelde – Rebellious Youth – this is the Cuba of today, a mix of the past entwined the the present..
Ateneo Art Cuba presents this Cuban painting entitled “Decadencia” (“decay”) by the artist Jesus Borjas Ochoa was painting in 1999. It is an oil on canvas painting measuring 55 x 38 cm.
Painted in a somewhat art naïve style, it represents an island of decay, in simple terms where its infrastructure is in a state of decay and poverty where people exist in sub-standard housing and use broken utensils which have seen better days. The island of decay is viewed from the inside of a window of a building which is also showing signs of decay.
“Decandencia” is available for sale – please see our Cuban art for sale page or use our Contact form to inquire about purchasing. AteneoArt Cuba is a non profit organization, supporting artists in Cuba.
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A beautiful lithograph by the Cuban artist Bezier on homemade paper created in 1999. It shows the silenced woman of modern day Cuba, who is lost in thought or sleep, surrounded by the mathematical precision of the steps of perhaps Maurits Cornelis Escher’s steps.
Cuban artists, out of necessity, imposed by poverty and the shortage of paper upon which to create art, make a lovely thick-grained paper upon which to draw, print and paint. This lithograph measures 25″ x 19.5″.
This Cuban work of art is an oil on canvas painting created in 2000.
This Cuban landscape painting, entitled “Paisajo Cubano” shows the typical countryside of Cuba beneath a stormy sky.
“Paisajo Cubano” measures 112 x 80 cm. The artist is José Carlos Paz, painted by him in Cuba.
The life of women and not just female artists in Cuba is particularly difficult.
This work of Cuban art is entitled “Maternidad” and is a lithograph on hand made paper. Many Cuban artists, out of necessity and resourcefulness make their own paper which is a rough thick grained paper. The artist is a woman named only Adea. She sells her art along with other artists who group together near the hotels in Holguin, Cuba.
“Maternidad” represents the struggle of fertility, motherhood and the difficulties of being a mother in a third world country such as Cuba. Much of the responsibility of child rearing falls on the shoulders of women who must support and care for their children. Being an artist in Cuba is a struggle in itself. Add to this, the necessities of childcare and feeding your children on the earnings of an artist, it is no easy task for female artists in Cuba. Female artists in Cuba need the benefits of exposure through art exhibitions and the opportunity to sell their works to tourists who visit the hotels of Cuba.
This lithograph measures 12 ” by 7″ with a border of 1.5 inches surrounding the edges of the actual lithograph.