A training institution for relevant Cuban fine arts artists, the San Alejandro National Academy of Fine Arts has remained for more than two centuries as one of the historical references of culture on the island.
BY ROXANA CONSUEGRA, PHOTOS: COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
For Sándor Rodríguez Castro, a young man who has been in the world of photography for some years, taking up this profession has been a motivating, nourishing and spontaneous experience. As soon as the interview with CubaPLUS Magazine began, he said: “Everything I’ve done in my life, including photography, has been to have fun”.
So goes a popular chachachá made famous by the singer Farah María in the 1980s and which serves as the title to the mural just completed by visual artist Pablo Rosendo Machín inside the wellknown boutique hotel Malecón 663. Actually, the second floor of the hotel has that name, maybe because it is on that avenue, and from its terrace one can enjoy a spectacular view of the Malecón and the Morro fortress of the Cuban capital.
Havana, Wonder City, ranks seventh in the list of the 50 most Instagrammable places in 2021, proposed by the @BigSeven Travel site, reported a note published by the Ministry of Tourism of Cuba on its official Twitter account.
Various artistic practices are reflected in the creative production of Liesther Amador. His shifting manifestos between paintings, photographs, performances, drawings, installations and interventions, denote the constant exploration and experimentation in the career of this artist, who refused to be pigeonholed. He is a visual artist.
Day-to-day is how Cuban visual artist Juan Roberto Diago Durruthy defines his work method, with which he has created an infinite number of pieces in more than 20 collections that have been exhibited in countless personal and collective exhibitions in some 25 countries.
Very specific aspects distinguish a great part of Sándor González Vilar’s artistic production: the representation of a couple and a staircase as symbols of his vision of life, the inclusion of identifying elements that reaffirm his condition as a Cuban, and the constant appearance of architectural structures, mainly of the urban framework of the country’s capital.
On the southern coast of the western province of Matanzas is the Ciénaga de Zapata, considered the largest wetland in Cuba and the insular Caribbean and declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. About 11 kilometers from Playa Girón, one of the most significant beaches of the Ciénaga coastline, one finds the Punta Perdiz International Diving Center.
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.