Cuba-Forbidden, compelling and utterly unique. I’ve always had a fascination with places that are slightly more difficult to get to, they’re usually so much more interesting. In a world that’s becoming ever more homogenous, Cuba is as different as any place you’ll find.
I’ve wanted to go to this elusive island nation for as long as I can remember, so when the opportunity presented itself (thank you Debbie Harry) I jumped on it. I knew I would love it, but I had no idea how much. The biggest surprise for me was the incredible art I discovered.
I started noticing some really great street art in Havana and stumbled into a few places selling interesting original works. I had to sort through the “tourist art” but when I peeled back that layer, I was amazed at what I found!
The truly impressive artists however, at least the ones I was fortunate enough to spend time with were in Trinidad (the city in Cuba not the country). The town was crawling with tourists, so when I got there I sort of rolled my eyes and thought “I can’t believe I have to spend four days here” That thought quickly turned into “ I can’t believe I only got to spend four days here”
Where possible, the artist is credited. Some of the beautiful art below, we’ll never know who created it.
Also, I may have slipped in one or two of my own photographs!
Enough words—time to let the art speak for itself.
Here are links to some of these amazing artists web page or gallery
Visit: Gato Negro Open Studio— on Facebook to view the works of Miguel Valadiva and Edras Francisco Rodriguez