Habaneras in Havana
By: Heidy / Photos by José Tito Meriño
Habaneras, en la calle de los Oficios (Havana women on Oficios Street) is the name of the latest collection by Cuban painter Ana Gladys Falcón. The title takes us back to colonial times when the ladies of the then village of San Cristóbal de La Habana used to ride their carriages on that cobblestone street. In those days, Oficios Street was the setting for rhythmic sales cries.
Those times are replicated today through Falcon´s virtuosity, saving images and traditions and transforming the environment into an emporium of the most legitimate art. Among the pieces making up this large format collection, Tres Lindas Cubanas (Three Pretty Cubans) seems to revamp the myth of the Holy Trinity. Ana Gladys imposes a style of her own in Habaneras, playing with shapes and colors to venerate religious deities in red, blue and white vestments, a trilogy of the purest Cuban spirit.
Other images surprise us for the style that speaks of an intelligent geometrical use in tracing the female form. Audacious, strong and very personal lines from an artist without fear of breaking the traditional cannons of humans fitted into the pattern of Greek beauty with rigorously prewritten proportions.
Falcón’s new excellent offer was part of the 10th Havana Art Biennale exhibition, where her work shone, not only through her painting, but also in a style that always differentiates and identifies her.
This and much more discovered art lovers in the Carmen Montilla Studio-Gallery, across from the main entrance of the San Francisco de Asís Basilica.