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.