At a very young age his father led him by the hand into the secrets of making beauty from clay. Today artisan Fernando Velázquez Torres is admired for his expertise in combining ceramics and painting in medium and large scale creations, with flora, fauna and human experiences as predominant motifs.
Cuban sculptor Ramón Víctor Casas Viera, well-known for his abstract works in metal, has decided to incorporate woodcarving and scenography into his creative work, enthusiastically reviving knowledge he has accumulated during his fruitful career as artist and teacher.
More than half a century of tireless efforts has led Roberto Salas to the summit of Cuban photography. This has been reached thanks to the almost divine grace with which he immortalized the essence of Cuban history since the 1959 revolutionary triumph of which he has been an exceptional witness through the lens of his camera.
Artisans and artists from all over Cuba and Latin American guests are participating this December in the 15th International Crafts Fair (FIART for its Spanish acronym) in Havana. Under the motto Art, utility and skill, it provides an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy diversity and good taste.
The human figure occupies top place in the work of young Cuban painter Vladimir León Sagols, who recently enchanted Havana with his exhibition Evas (Eves), featuring women in an ordinary environment, as if surprised in their intimate world.
By Roxana Consuegra, Photos: courtesy of Néstor Martí
Conveying emotions, breaking through mental inertia and stimulating reflective exercise are maxims of Néstor Martí’s artistic career. Capturing the essence of Havana, her eclecticism; her history wrapped in facades, motifs, walls and cobblestones, the energy of her people, her unique smell and sounds, is another leitmotif for the architect.
Alexis Plasencia García is an academically trained artist who in the human figure has found a basis on which to develop his career. His initial work, realistic, has evolved toward the current theme where the body continues as protagonist, but not in the mimicry of a role or supporting canvas, but rather within the covering dermis itself, becoming a stage for the creation.
For Zenen Vizcaíno, Cuban visual artist, having left mechanical design for painting does not constitute a change, but switching from the functional to the dreamlike. The industry, however, “left me the ability to preconceive planning methods and dynamics which are ways of deconstructing painting into a functional form and then adding the entire discourse to it.”
Who is Korby? It is the safe question and what will he have done to deserve a present despite the distance? it may unsettle the reader. It is about a local character from the American city of New York, whose life story has inspired many artists from Cuba and the world, ready to support hIs cause.
By Mercy Ramos, Photos: courtesy of the interviewee
Street art paints identity onto an urban landscape. Graffiti has helped shape the image of Havana, marked by humor and fantasy. Travelers can find intriguing street art all over the city, including cultural centers like Fábrica de Arte Cubano (The Cuban Art Factory).
By Mercy Ramos, Photos: courtesy of Alexis Rodríguez
For Alexis Rodríguez, radio producer by profession and passionate about photography, being able to work as a photographer constitutes a privilege of luxury, because in addition to enjoying greatly, it has allowed him to live unforgettable moments. In an interview with CubaPlus magazine, this simple man with a lens expressed: “I always say that I am a radio man who likes photography.