Don’t bathe in the Malecón because in the water there’s a shark
BY MERCY RAMOS, PHOTOS: JOSE (TITO) MERIÑO
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.
For Pablo Rosendo, this piece constitutes a new experience with his work, which he always tries to enrich in one way or another, since, as well as murals, his latest style of work, he has made engravings, worked with plasticine, mounted stage sets...in short, he has dedicated himself, essentially, to creating.
In response to a question from CubaPLUS Magazine about how he was influenced as an artist by the months of obligatory quarantine due to the new coronavirus affecting the world, and Cuba of course, he said that this period allowed him to work more freely as he relocated to the countryside, San Cristóbal in Artemisa province, the place where he was born.
There, he continued, “I dedicated myself for 7 months to painting murals in the open air, on the walls of the La Paila dam, using only charcoal and stone, which gave my imagination free rein by being in direct contact with nature”.
So far, and in only 4 months, he has painted 51 murals there and intends to finish 100 in total before the end of the first quarter of 2021.
Pablo Rosendo has exhibited his work in many group shows, among them the Havana Biennial of 2012 and Art Chicago in the USA in 2018.
This young artist has his future projects very clearly defined: “I believe that I need to mature more and see solid work done. I want to focus on something solid. With my own projects, among them, making sculptures, create my own clothing line...ultimately, I see myself painting and working all my life”.