Cuba

Leandro Gomez Quintero

What an opportunity this is for me to come to this beautiful city so full of kind and friendly people. I am loving this chance to share a window into the daily life of my town with my fellow artists from all over the world.

Dairan Fernández de la Fuente

Using the continent- and centuries-spanning process of woodblock printing, Cuban artist Dairan Fernández de la Fuente creates work steeped in the ever-evolving cultural heritage of his hometown of Havana. Dairan works from his studio, Taller de Gráfica Experimental, in downtown Havana. He uses traditional woodworking tools in a printing process, which is done entirely by…
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Manuel Arias Silveira

In the richly historic area of Holguín, Cuba, is a print shop, which for years has steadily been crafting an array of paper products: from greeting cards to beautifully designed journals, novels, and books of poetry. In doing so, paper—a seemingly routine material—is elevated into something approaching the most refined original artwork imaginable. “We draw…
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Luis Rodriguez Arias & Luis Rodriguez Ricardo

Mella, a village in southeastern Cuba, is the home of 8-member artist collective El Grupo Bayate: self-taught artists who support each other socially and creatively. The group was formed in 1994 by Luis Joaquin “ El Panadero” Rodriguez Arias, who passed on this painting tradition to his son, known as “El Estudiante.” Along with six…
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Roberto Domingo Gil Esteban

Inspired by his personal history, living in the heart of Cuba surrounded by fields of sugar cane and the simplicity of farmer’s lives, Roberto Esteban’s paintings mirror more than its colors and textures. Roberto learned to paint over 20 years ago from various workshops and from other artists. He uses a variety of materials to…
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Leandro Gomez Quintero

For decades, Cuban artist Leandro Gomez Quintero has been creating model vehicles that are both uncannily representational and also replete with whimsy. For Quintero, the humble car or truck is the immediately familiar subject of lightweight sculptures made of paper, cardboard, and other materials. Each is carefully assembled and hand-painted, with attention paid to replicating…
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