La Caza by Yuri Moreno Ruiz

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Sep 222010


La Caza or The Hunt by the Cuban artist Yuri Moreno Ruiz of Santiago de Cuba is another of his interesting works, painted in the art naïve style he most frequently uses to express himself in his work.

This painting is brightly colored, acrylic on canvas and measures 19 ¼ “ x 15 ¼ ” inches.

La Caza depicts the hunter who comes out of the tropical forest, poised with bow and arrow to arrive at the incongruous room complete with a blue and white tiled floor, brightly colored green curtains, a towel rack and a small table. His prey is a zebra, not a native animal of Cuba. As always, Moreno paints with a certain sense of humor in his work. The message is what the viewer makes out of these oddly placed elements which don’t fit together.

Yuri Moreno painted this work of art in 1998 in Santiago de Cuba.

La Caza is available for sale on Ateneo Art‘s Cuban Art for Sale page.

Yuri Moreno

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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.

May 182010


This site will cover the artists involved in the Ateneo Art Gallerie in Santiago de Cuba.  These artists are actively painting and distributing their works of art in Santiago and other cities in Cuba such as Havana and Holguin.

A brief background of the lives of these artists and their works can be found here. We also write about the art galleries, exhibitions and events related to the arts world in Cuba.

The following artists and their works are available including Pagan, Yuri Moreno, Pavel Moraguez, and Campos.  More artists and their works will appear later in the production of this website.

We will also sell some of the works by these Cuban artists.  Many of the works of art on this site have already been sold and are to be found in private homes and art galleries worldwide.

Art in Cuba

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May 172010

Art in Cuba is alive and well.


Ateneo Art was first established in 1999 for the promotion of Cuban artists and their art. Its purpose was to facilitate donations of artist materials to the
artists, establish an internet presence for Cuban artists and open the world market to them.  Ateneo Art was an idea born in the streets and heat of summer in Santiago de Cuba, among artists connected to the Gallerie Ateneo Culturale in Santiago.

Originally this site was and changed its name to AteneoArtCuba in 2011.