With a posthumous tribute to the renowned Cuban stained glass artist Rosa María de la Terga, the opening day of the 21st FIART 2017 International Handicraft Fair was held at the Pabexpo site in Havana, which will run until December 17.
The day’s twenty four hours are not sufficient for renowned Cuban artist Ernesto Milanés Ruiz who asserts that he works twenty five. For this untiring sculptor, “work achieves everything.” In an exclusive interview with Cubaplus, Milanés talked extensively about his work as a sculptor and explained that his work in general is dedicated to the cigar because in his own words he’s “a hardened smoker.”
Painting is young Cuban artist Niels Reyes’ preferred form of expression because from the moment he started his studies at Cuba’s Instituto Superior de Arte—the country’s top higher education arts institute—painting captivated him.
Despite the controversy around photography’s inclusion within the world of fine art, there are exponents of this art form who show both through their work and their words that theirs is an artistic expression of reality through the lens of a camera.
Buildings are are often compact structures behind which lie pieces of reality and scattered ideas. But despite their apparent solidity, façades can become so translucent that their most intimate secrets are exposed.
What happens behind the scenes moments before going onto the runway, introspection before facing the public, fears, personal conflicts. All these are captured by Antonio Hernández’s lens in dressing rooms, an exposure that puts aside superficial beauty and aims to uncover individual mysteries.
Young girls with fluttering wings, boys on horseback, aflight, dancers as well as little devils - all emerge from the hands of Isabel Santos once she starts working with wax. The material becomes poetry, and each of the figures expresses Santos’ feelings and experiences, as a sculptor, as a mother, as a woman.
Down the same streets once plied by the legendary Cuban bookie and brothel owner Alberto Yarini, and just a stone’s throw from the house where Cuba’s National Hero José Martí was born, a new art gallery with the potential to make its own history has emerged: the Galería Taller Gorría (Gorría Studio/ Gallery), at 214 San Isidro, in the heart of Old Havana. It’s a place meant to focus on the creation of contemporary art, in an environment that encourages experimentation and the search for new forms of expression.
Over the last few years, Panama has grown closer and closer to Cubans. Whether this closeness is due to its geographic proximity, or the similar climate and culture, on more than one occasion the Isthmus has been a mandatory reference point. Of course, art is no exception. For some time, the news of a gallery in Panama dedicated to promoting young Cuban artists has been making the rounds, especially locally. By now, the project is firmly established and we spoke with its director, Nivaldo Carbonell.
Heidi Hollinger is having a busy day. She has just spent the morning and afternoon photographing Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s whirlwind tour of Havana and she is changing into a cocktail dress to attend the Canadian Ambassador’s reception at the Cervecería Antiguo Almacén de la Madera y el Tabaco on Old Havana’s waterfront. Unbeknownst to her, the evening will also involve an impromptu invitation to the opening of a new Indian restaurant nearby only to be followed by a mojito mixing lesson and some salsa dancing at the Bodeguita Del Medio. This woman never stops; welcome to the go-go world of Heidi Hollinger!
Jorge Perugorría is an intrinsically audiovisual being. The actor, director and painter adds a fourth axis to his creative life - music – which, in his own words, “has always been present in my life (...) and has been a source from which I have fed, not only with rhythms and melodies, but also with poetry, humor, and ideas”
By Margarita Ruiz (Taken from the presentation of the Raul Corrales book)
When we look at photographs taken by Raúl Corrales, not only do we see a faithful account of historical events captured with the agility of a reporter, but also an aesthetic dimension arising from sentimental ties with the subjects.