Over the last year, i have had the joy of being introduce to Cuba's established and the young emerging artists, who are taking the art world by storm at recent fairs. I have put together a small list of what I believe will be and are the future of the cuban art movement. Although they are way to many artists to showcase and discuss, here are my first nominees.
Alfredo is a recent graduate from the “Academia de Artes Plásticas ‘Carlos Enrique’” of Granma, Cuba. His most recent personal expositions include “Cuando el viento pasa” (Havana, Cuba) and “Retratos” (Granma, Cuba), amongst others.
Eddy Maikel Sotomayor
Eddy Maikel is a young talented emerging artist born in Granma, Cuba. His depth and poetic interpretation of art drives his inspiration to create unique works that evoke the complexity of habitual images entailed in their surroundings to provide and intimate and in depth look into their intricate nature.
His works have been included as well as in private collections in New York, Canada, Italy and the Canadian Embassy in Haiti. His latest body of works was presented during this years’ edition of Miami Art Basel Week.
Yulier lives and works in Havana. His works can be found painted on many walls around Havana, particularly in the neighborhoods of Vedado and Miramar.
Rodriguez predominantly paints in the latter, on buildings’ decaying façades. Between the peeling paint and absent portions of concrete emerges a colorful and phantasmagorical world populated by figures of people, animals and spirits. His work appears politically ambiguous in its message, allowing the artist to produce without creating too much controversy, which would certainly have him in trouble with the local authorities.
The artist creates to express exhilaration and fear, believing that we all share these basic human conditions. His works inspire a relationship between the decaying and old, and the contemporary and new, and also emphasizes the phenomenon of the typically romanticized depictions of Cuba abroad.