Cuban Painting by Commission

 Cuban Art, Pavel Moraguez  Comments Off on Cuban Painting by Commission
Jul 062010


A Couple from Holland by Pavel Moragues

One of the ways that Cuban artists have made money in order to survive is to paint for tourists who visit the island.

This is a painting by the Cuban artist, Pavel Moraguez-Mok of his subjects, a “Couple from Holland.”  This couple from Holland met the artist at one of the hotels in Cuba and commissioned him to do a painting of themselves.

This painting is acrylic on canvas and I am certain that the couple visiting Cuba were very happy with the work of art which is a personalized souvenir of their vacation in Cuba.

Yuri Moreno

 Santiago de Cuba, Yuri Moreno  Comments Off on Yuri Moreno
May 182010


The Cuban artist Yuri Moreno Ruiz was born in 1972 in Cuba and graduated from the José Joaquin Tejada Academy of Fine Arts in Santiago de Cuba in 1990.  He specialized in sculpture and painting.

Yuri exhibits his work internationally and has worked and exhibited with other artists in Cuba, the Dominican Republic and France.  He is a member of the artists’ group Cara-jo (a short form of the word Cara Joven – which means “young face” in Spanish)  in Santiago de Cuba.  He formed this group with his two friends who are also visual artists, Orestes Campos and Reinaldo Pagan – other artists whose works you can see at Ateneo Art.

In Cuba, his work has been shown in Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Holguin.  Moreno’s art and sculpture can be found in collections, both personal and public around the globe.  Today he is a major artist in Europe.

Yuri’s work reminds one of the art of Rousseau, but conceptually, his are more symbolic in arrangement, involving reflection, complexity and subtlety that often leaves both the artist and the audience perplexed.  Every element by itself would mean nothing if painting it as a single object, but when he organizes the ideas together, a new meaning is formed by the  juxtaposition of another.  Nature, the life of wild animals, especially crocodiles and the environment are often the subjects of his work.

Yuri currently lives and works in France.  More recent paintings and sculptures by Moreno can be seen at his personal website here.