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Fusterlandia

Fusterlandia

First stop on the trip was Fusterlandia, which is located in the neighborhood of Jaimanitas. Artist Jose Fuster has made a major contribution to rebuilding and decorating the fishing town of Jaímanitas in the outskirts of Havana, where he lives. Jaímanitas is now a unique work of public art where Fuster has decorated over 80 houses with colorful ornate murals and domes. David Gonzalez gave us an explanation of the project and showed us around the House/Studio.

Kcho

Kcho

Kcho is a contemporary artist working in sculpture and mixed-media in Havana. He has a nonprofit project making art accesable to everyone. We visited his studio and learned more about his work. His works reference figures culled from traditional Cuban folk icons meant to honor the dead, bringing a spiritual and mournful element to his art.

Irene Rodriguez

Compañia Irene Rodriguez

We enjoyed a stunning performance with a glimpse of a new unseen performance from the Compañia Irene Rodriguez. Irene is considered by many to be the finest flamenco dancer in Cuba. After the performance Irene introduced the dancers, described her style of Flamenco which can be considered a fusion since her style has influences of Afro-Cuban dances. Click here for a video of a company performance.

Walking Tour

Walking Tour

We started the day with a walking tour of Havana Vieja. Our guide explained the history of the city as we view buildings and plazas that played a prominent role in the development of Havana as one of the most important cities in the New World. Visiting the following sites: Plaza de Armas, Taller de Grafica Experimental, Plaza Vieja, Plaza de San Francisco helped us understand the history of Cuba through an UNESCO World Heritage site.

Arsenal Habana Art Gallery

Arsenal Habana Art Gallery

An impressive building with an amazing show. We got to meet artist Diango Hernandez and speak with him about his work with a special preview prior to his opening.

Galeria Continua

Galeria Continua

Galeria Continua opened its doors in January 2015, as part of the 12th Edition of the Havana Biennial. Located in the old movie theater Aguila de Oro, an emblematic place from the fifties in the heart of Chinatown. Galeria Continua works in the promotion of the most transgressive contemporary art, away from the traditional aesthetics, paying special attention to the work of new creators and contrasting it with that of artists of consolidated trajectory. We viewed the work of the current installation by Hans Op de Beek.

Fabrica de Arte Cubano

Fabrica de Arte Cubano

We took a trip in classic cars to see Fabrica de Arte Cubano. Once a cooking oil factory, this repurposed complex is without doubt the hippest place in Havana. Part Miami Art Basel, part Williamsburg warehouse party, the FAC is taking the Cuban arts scene by storm hosting viewings, performances and exhibitions of cinema, theatre, dance, music, literature, fashion, architecture, graphic design, photography, and the visual arts.

Museum of Cuban Art

Museum of Cuban Art

The group visited the Museum of Cuban Art. The museum is dedicated exclusively to Cuban Art from the earliest days of colonialism to the latest generation of Cuban artists. Is a very comprehensive collection of Cuban art not to be missed. We were guided by young art historian Yudith Vargas who will show us the highlights.

Jose Emilio Fuentes Fonseca

Jose Emilio Fuentes Fonseca

We visited the Studio of Jose Emilio Fuentes Fonseca (JEFF). At 13, JEFF began studying art, he had precocious talent. At 21, he won a grant from the Ludwig Foundation to produce an installation he called "Landscape at 21." Today he lives and works in Havana's Buena Vista quarter. His home-studio is spacious and functional (sculpture downstairs, painting upstairs), but he sees it as a kind of cultural center with expansion plans for the future.

Studio 3 y 31

Studio 3 y 31

We took some time at the Studio 3 y 31. This new cooperative is home to three young and very talented Cuban artists: Adrian Fernandez, Alex Hernandez & Frank Mujica. They belong to an emerging constellation within the island’s contemporary visual arts scene working in three different mediums (photography, painting, and drawing) and refined technique; the artists explore conflicts and problems existing in present day Cuba. The artists received us in their studio space and discuss their work.

Nelson Dominguez

Nelson Dominguez

We visited the home and studio of Nelson Dominguez. The artist received us and discussed his works while we enjoyed a cocktail in his home and studio.

Carlos Garaicoa

Studio of world-renowned Carlos Garaicoa

Carlos Caraicoa has developed a multidisciplinary approach to address issues of culture and politics, particularly Cuban, through the study of architecture, urbanism and history.Through a wide variety of materials and media, Garaicoa finds ways to criticize modernist Utopian architecture and the collapse of the 20th century ideologies. He also has an international residency program for young artists.

Humberto Diaz

Humberto Diaz

At the studio of Humberto Diaz, the artist received us and discussed his work. The site-specific works, performances and installations of Humberto Diaz range from micro interventions of imperceptible subtle changes to spacious transformations that have spectacular impact. His works are also characterized by the inquiry into the relationship of people with objects and the contexts in which they are suited. The reflection, disjunction, interactivity, physical and psychological perception and interaction with the public, are key elements to understanding his work.

Yoan Capote

Yoan Capote

One of his country’s most promising contemporary artists, Yoan shared his experience of going from a struggling artist to a world renowned contemporary sculptor. He received the UNESCO prize during the 7th Havana Biennial. His work is known to be “solid”, “irreverent”, “provocative”, “non-conformist”, and deals principally with interactions between individuals and their psychological experiences. His pieces often merge human organs with inanimate objects, rearranging the human body and reinventing the purpose of everyday life objects