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..
Alicia Perera is an artist from Havana. She also owns an art gallery which she shares with a couple of other artists in Cojimar, a small coastal town, about an hour outside of Havana. Cojimar is the seaside town where American writer Ernest Hemingway bought a farmhouse and lived with one of his wives.
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.